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corey4671
03-29-2008, 07:44 PM
Got an invitation last Monday to come out and bid a very nice cattle farm. Stopped by yesterday and talked with the fore(wo)man. Farm is basically a weekend retreat for gentleman who lives across the state line in a large metro area. I didn't measure the actual yard and barn lot BUT I did measure the ROW road frontage which is about 15 ft from the shoulder of the road to the fences. All mowing on the ROW's is OUTSIDE the fence. No mowing inside the fence. The farm hands will take care of that. There are places that are to be sprayed with roundup along the road side and also underneath all the fences. All told, the ROW mowing equals out to 1.5 miles. If my calculations are correct with 15 ft between the road and fence that should equate to roughly 2.85 acres. Here are some pics I snapped. THese are of what is considered the barn lot. The bottom pic is a dog pen although there in no dog present. It does however have a 6 ft gate going into it.

corey4671
03-29-2008, 08:19 PM
here's some more of the yard around the house.

corey4671
03-29-2008, 08:23 PM
and some more of the front

corey4671
03-29-2008, 08:29 PM
here's some pics of the road frontage. the top pic the mowing stops at the big tree you see. the next pic mowing goes up to the intersection where the traffic lights are. That bank you see between the drainage gutters is to be kept sprayed. Also at the end of this fence line you actually turn right around that corner and there is another half mile of mowing along a county road. Most all of it is fairly easy mowing with the only obstacles beings some mailboxes and one driveway. third picture mowing goes all the way to the third mailbox you see. Fourth picture I'l let you figure out where you stop...LOL. and fifth picture mowing goes to the third utility pole and then over to the driveway. The house in the picture was a yard that I mowed last year for $50 for an elderly woman who has since sold the property to the gentleman who owns the property that I am putting this bid together for. Possibility it could be included in this at some point in time.

corey4671
03-29-2008, 08:38 PM
finally there is a commercial building across the highway that has a small lot behind it to be mowed which is pictured in the first three photos. the final photo is of the owners house.

corey4671
03-29-2008, 11:47 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

corey4671
03-29-2008, 11:59 PM
96 views and NOBODY has anything to say? wow that's a first

GreenT
03-30-2008, 12:18 AM
96 views and NOBODY has anything to say? wow that's a first


Pretty place. :rolleyes:

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ALC-GregH
03-30-2008, 12:20 AM
I'm speechless.... LOL That looks like alot of mowing and trimming. I would do it for $250-275

corey4671
03-30-2008, 01:00 AM
I'm speechless.... LOL That looks like alot of mowing and trimming. I would do it for $250-275

really? WOW. I'm not even in the ballpark then. PLEASE don't move down here and bid. Remember, there is another half mile of roadway that I don't have any pics for.

KrayzKajun
03-30-2008, 01:04 AM
Thts one nice place!!! id say bout $350-450, solo op

corey4671
03-30-2008, 01:12 AM
Thts one nice place!!! id say bout $350-450, solo op

ok that number makes me breath a little easier. I don't think price is going to be the only deciding factor with this guy. He wants it to look NICE. This is a VERY busy stretch of highway and it is only going to get busier in the next few years as there is a miltary base realignment program that is bringing tens of thousands of people to the area. And yes, it is a VERY nice place. I wish I had taken some pics of the private lake that is on this property as well. It is a showplace.

bladecutter582
03-30-2008, 01:34 AM
This place is a "trailer saver". You just park mid-morning and bring a picnic lunch. You sure won't be cutting to many more when your through with this.
1. He wants it to look nice THAT TAKES TIME and if your solo then that's the day ---- almost.
2. As old as I am I would not plan a whole lot on the day I cut this
3. Charge for nice and give him nice. That way he won't mind the $475.00 he would have to give me. :waving:

corey4671
03-30-2008, 01:41 AM
This place is a "trailer saver". You just park mid-morning and bring a picnic lunch. You sure won't be cutting to many more when your through with this.
1. He wants it to look nice THAT TAKES TIME and if your solo then that's the day ---- almost.
2. As old as I am I would not plan a whole lot on the day I cut this
3. Charge for nice and give him nice. That way he won't mind the $475.00 he would have to give me. :waving:

I think you have literally read my mind on all three points. There are two others bidding but like I said, I don't think price is going to be the prevailing criteria.

corey4671
04-09-2008, 03:29 PM
bump^^^^^^^^^^

Reliable Lawn Care
04-09-2008, 04:28 PM
Solo Op, 400

corey4671
04-10-2008, 10:06 AM
bttt^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

LwnmwrMan22
04-10-2008, 10:46 AM
I'd be at about $600. Take most of a day, and he'd never know when I was there, or that the grass was even cut, it would be perfect each time he comes in.

Solo op with a 72" ZTR, 60" ZTR, 48" wb all on the trailer at the same time.

I'm also trying to charge $75-90 per hour, whereas most guys on here are saying you should be able to get away with $50-60 per hour.

What I would do though, is try to sell him on a flat monthly fee.

I'm going to assume you get about 32 cuts per year??

Just work with this number for right now, you can enter your own when it comes time to bid.

32 cuts at $600 would be $19,200 for the season. Say you spread that out over 8 months, and you're at $2400 per month, or at my original $600 per cut if you cut every week.

If it's not irrigated, I'd knock $200 per month of for the skipped cuts, and have the spring and fall cleanups included.

I'd rather have the guaranteed income all summer, rather than have an account that'll take a day, then get dry for 4-5 weeks with no income on that account, yet already have the time set aside. Hopefully you can follow what I'm saying.

corey4671
04-10-2008, 10:50 AM
I'd be at about $600. Take most of a day, and he'd never know when I was there, or that the grass was even cut, it would be perfect each time he comes in.

Solo op with a 72" ZTR, 60" ZTR, 48" wb all on the trailer at the same time.

I'm also trying to charge $75-90 per hour, whereas most guys on here are saying you should be able to get away with $50-60 per hour.

fair enough. I normally shoot for 60/hr...since this a most of the day thing, I shot for 55/hr. ON your hours you can get pretty close to what I bid. I'm right in line with most everybody in this thread.