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anj
01-10-2006, 08:14 PM
I Want To Bid On A Project That Has The Amount Of Acres List For Each Site. Is There A Way To Make A Bid Based On The Acres Each Site Has?

RyanD
01-10-2006, 08:48 PM
To mow? or seed? or what?

The Cowboy
01-10-2006, 11:41 PM
If it is mowing I take the original lot size including house and drive and charge 40 bucks per acre based on that. Take out the house and drive and you end up with alot less turf, and more profit.

anj
01-11-2006, 05:58 AM
The Job Consist Of Mowing Edging And All The Other Normal Maintenance. Should I Charge Based On The Amount Of Hours It Will Take?

qualitylawnmanagement
01-11-2006, 06:43 AM
never let the owner know your hourly rate! What set-up are you running? I charge $50.00 an hour for mowing, I'm able to knock out 4 acre in just under an hour.

Green Acres
01-11-2006, 07:41 AM
How many acres is it?

RyanD
01-11-2006, 08:55 AM
(1)I think you are asking for a way to word the contract showing your bid as $ per acre?

(2)Or perhaps you are asking if there is a way to bid the job per acre.

In any event, you want to decide how long it will take you to do the job and multiply that by how much you want to make per hour. Then add all of your costs to that to come up with a total bid price.

(1)Then if you want to propose your bid as a per acre bid, take the total bid price and divide by the number of acres and present the bid as such.

(2) After bidding many jobs, you could look back to see what you charged on average per acre in the past and make this you "standard" fee per acre. The potential problem here is that some jobs will be more difficult (drainage ponds and other steep hills, etc.) and you will end up making less than you wanted to per hour. Some might argue that it would even out because some jobs will be easier (flat out open areas). I prefer to bid per job but I am a small company with time to go to each site and bid.

Lawn care innovations: What part of the contry are you in? Do you bid $50/hr plus costs or just $50/hr.

anj
01-11-2006, 11:03 AM
This Project Consist Of About 80 Properties Ranging From 1-40 Acres. I Am Located In Metro Atlanta, And I Do Not Want To Go In To High. I Thought I Could Figure My Cost/hr Plus To Employees At 10/hr X The Acres.
Fi50
60 Exmark Z
36 Exmark Turf Tracer
21 Exmark Metro
550 Sthil Backpack
340 Sthil Backpack
2 Sthil Stick Edgers
1 Sthil Pole Trimmer
1 Sthil Hedge Trimer

crzymow
01-13-2006, 01:56 AM
you will need a larger mower if many of the properties are 40 acres.

Soupy
01-13-2006, 03:10 AM
This Project Consist Of About 80 Properties Ranging From 1-40 Acres. I Am Located In Metro Atlanta, And I Do Not Want To Go In To High. I Thought I Could Figure My Cost/hr Plus To Employees At 10/hr X The Acres.

Do you know your cost? Do you know how many hours each will take? Do you pay your employee's $10/hr or is that your total cost per hour for an employee?

If the equipment posted is all you have then your not equip for this client. I'm not either so I'm not bashing you.

CutApproved
01-13-2006, 04:33 PM
This is crazy,, every yard/property is different. If you charge per acre,, I see you loosing a lot of money that you could have made.

I have a property thats huge, probally 3 acres, but like others have said you have the house, barn, trees etc... You gotta learn to look at a property and undstand the problems your going to run into.. PLUS everyone has different overhead. So one might charge $50/hr and another $60

My yard is .85 acres and I would expect to charge or pay about $45 per cut which includes trimming and blower off debris. This is aproximate some in my area charge as high as $55
JMO

anj
01-14-2006, 09:24 AM
These Are All School Properties All Of Them Are Not 40 Acres. I Think 40 Is The Largest. I Am Going To Bid On All Of Them But I Know I Want Get All Eighty Since Other Lawn Care Specialist Will Be Bidding As Well. If I Am Awarded Any Sites I Know I Will Have To Buy Another Rider.

GrassBustersLawn
01-14-2006, 02:28 PM
Sounds to me like this is OVER YOUR HEAD.

You don't have the EQUIPMENT for such jobs.
Likely don't have the employees either.
Do you have the CASH to buy the necessary equipment?

It is nice to DREAM BIG, but be realistic and GROW using opportunities that fit your current business size.

Mike

Justcutitshort
01-14-2006, 08:57 PM
The Job Consist Of Mowing Edging And All The Other Normal Maintenance. Should I Charge Based On The Amount Of Hours It Will Take?

That is how we estimate all jobs we bid on.......