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03-05-2006, 04:09 PM
Do you break down the cost of everything? Or do you give them a grand total?


cut and trim----$45
Leave clean up---$75
Bed edging---$35

Cut and trim, leave clean up, bed edging --- $155.

which do you do?

03-05-2006, 04:15 PM
I think you meant 'leaf' cleanup, not 'leave cleanup'. There is a HUGE difference there. Why would you charge to 'leave cleanup'?

But to answer your Q I itemize everything. Only sum a total when doing a package deal.

mow king
03-05-2006, 04:16 PM
The second one if it was me, then your customer can't say "well your leaf clean up is $10 less than the other guy but you want an extra $5 for bed-edging, so just do the leaf clean up and we'll have him do the leaves."

At least thats how I look at it.

03-05-2006, 04:33 PM
They want it broken down into catagories, usually like these:

Lawn (price for season with # of estimated cuts)
Spring clean up
Fall clean up
Flowers (per flat, # of mums, etc)
Shrub trimming (2-3 times a season)
Weeding/edging of beds and sidewalks

03-05-2006, 04:46 PM
I agree with Dixie. That is how I break it down. Sometimes they ask for more but rarely.

03-05-2006, 05:53 PM
Mowing and fert is usually priced out...Why don't you just ask the customer what they want? I guess that is how I usually bid everything.

03-05-2006, 05:55 PM
Mow and edge
Hourly leaf (otherwise you are screwing yourself)
Bed maintenance
other misc that they require.
add all
divide by 12
monthly payment.
All commercial are on a yearly contract. Period. No accept ions.

03-05-2006, 06:11 PM
Grand total, 12 month contract all rolled into one. :drinkup:

03-05-2006, 07:53 PM
All your commercial accounts you wont there business right ?well there is an idea that we do on a yearly accounts set it up as a yearly accounts with lawn maint and leaves and debis removal that way it hits winter you still eat and a monthly checks rolling in while all you do is be seen picking up paper or mulching you leaves with a zero turn mower drop the deck down 2inches drive like your mowing the property blowing all the leaves in a pile then mulch it down to dust then spread it around it disapears and you dont have to bag or haul off leaves.

03-05-2006, 08:03 PM
i give em 2 prices on the same bid sheet :

standard service : mow ,trim ,edge ,blow ,overseed ,light debris removal .

complete maint : all of ^^^^^ plus fert ,weed control ,mulch .

but i never ever break it all down into price per service they pay for a package .

03-05-2006, 08:25 PM
I offer Mowing-Trimming, Fertilzing, aerating, and have a landscape company do the weed control and landscape work.

I break it down like this.
1. Mowing and Trimming $xxxx per mow. We also offer a 7 month = payment plan based on 26 mowings per year. $xxxx times 26 divided by 7, and the 7 payments are due on may 15 thru nov. 15.
2. I price spring and fall fertilizer apps - Payable the 15th of the following month in the spring and fall.
3. I price areation separate also, but usually this service is a once every three year deal.

I offer to lock in prices for up to 4 years. Most commercials like that idea, as well as the 7 month equal payment deal for budgeting purposes.

03-05-2006, 09:54 PM
Most upscale commericial is looking for a monthly charge and will normally only lock for one year. TG taught us NOT to include anything except the bare essentials in the bid. That way all the other stuff can be billed as necessary. I don't think they want to see stuff like leaf cleanup being extra you almost have to include that in monthly. The account should specify what should be in the bid!!