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Pacific Nursery
11-28-2001, 03:22 PM
I read a thread the other day where one of you guys related how you break your bids (mowing) down into sq\ft. and then tally the cost to the customer based on your costs. I can't find that post.
I did a search but still didn't find it.
Anybody know what I'm talking about.
Anybody else break their bids for mowing down like that. I do my fert bids this way but mowing is still eyeball, and I don't like that.

kutnkru
11-28-2001, 04:42 PM
Heres something that might be similar to what your looking for. Then again maybe not.

The best thing that you can do is to measure the property to calculate your services. You should take measurements for mowing, trimming, edging, mulch, fert. & pesticide apps, etc.

Try calculating mowing using these figures:
- use 44,000 as an acre
- multiply your square footage by your pricing structure (ie. $3.50/m sf)
- multiply this number by a degree of difficulty from 1.5(easy) to 3(difficult)

Try calculating edging using these figures:
gas or stick edger’s - multiply (x) 50 cents per 100 linear feet (lf)
line trimmers (turf-curb areas etc.) - multiply (x) 75 cents per 100 (lf)
line trimmers (along chain link fencing) - multiply (x) $1 per 100 (lf)

Most company’s when you place your estimates like to see that you are a conscientious contractor that wants to give their property a manicured look. I always estimate the amount of time I think we will spend picking up debris prior to/while mowing and calculate trash removal times as part of the mowing price.

Hope this helps.
Kris

Eric ELM
11-28-2001, 04:48 PM
I think this is the thread you are talking about.
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=21756