View Full Version : Estimate / bid help please

06-22-2008, 07:18 PM
Here are some pictures of the property that I need to bid for weekly mowing, bed care. I'm supposed to get back to them Monday.

I'm looking to the more experienced operators for some help with bidding it.
Since I don't have a large walk behind yet, the mowing work will be about 40% 21" work and the rest done with a 52" zero turn.

The back has 8 small tiered sections (40x20) where I'll have to lift a 21" into the area and the back side has a strip about 12' wide with flower beds down both sides that have to be weeded and trimmed.

When asked how much the lady is paying now for service she replied "oh, about a hundred each time they are here" I laughed at that one. :)

I'll post more pics if I can.

06-22-2008, 07:22 PM
More Pictures

06-22-2008, 07:46 PM
I would do an hourly rate for the bed maintenance/ weed pulling. Give him an estimate of how long you think it will take, but use your hourly rate to determine that. As far as the mowing, how big is lawn you have to mow? From the pics it's hard to tell, but it looks like it's at least a half acre of mowing, but probably closer to 3/4-1 acre. It also looks like you have a fair amount of trimming to do each time. If it were me, I'd probably want at least $60 for that lawn each time. But it's really hard to say without seeing it.

06-22-2008, 08:13 PM
60 is not worth your time! that's alot of weedeating it looks like from the pics!

Green Team Landscaping
06-22-2008, 08:14 PM
$70-$80 for mowing because its hilly, and because you have to get the 21" up the steps to do in between the retaining walls. Do the bed care by an hourly rate. Always remember, they're hiring you because they dont want to, or dont have time to mow that, so that makes your business valuble. Just take tht into consideration.

06-22-2008, 08:35 PM
The lot is just a hair under 20K feet total. House has a 3000 sq ft. footprint. (bsed on the county tax records)

and yes, there is a LOT of trimming.


06-22-2008, 08:38 PM
When I first got the call, I visited with the residents and noted that the current LCO is gutting this thing VERY short. Lots of scalping on the hilly parts and told them the very first thing I wanted to do was to raise the mow height at least 1" for an overall improved look. It really was bad the day after it had been cut.


06-22-2008, 08:46 PM
$500 per month which will include weed pulling, spraying of the beds..

06-23-2008, 12:07 AM
bump for help

06-23-2008, 12:18 AM
60 is not worth your time! that's alot of weedeating it looks like from the pics!

Well, I was just giving him a price to start at. I'd say like $75-85/cut including trimming.

06-23-2008, 12:32 AM
I'd say 80-85 but I would want to find out what all they're doing for that $100...
Because you gotta figure, with folks and that kind of a yard, some are all right but I wouldn't bid it too low.

06-23-2008, 12:52 AM
I would want about $100 to mow/trim it. I am not sure about the bed upkeep, is it just pulling weeds? If its just pulling the weeds weekly(maybe use a tiller attachment on a PAS to make it easy?), I would add about $25 for that.

So total of $125/per service would be where I would like to be on that.

06-23-2008, 01:10 AM
I would go $400.00/month for all but would insist on a pro fert program in addition

06-23-2008, 01:31 AM
I didn't see if you were taking the grass or if they are. Also do you have to fertilize? I think for the mowing weekly and edging by weekly I would give them a price in the $420-$480 range, maybe $420 for a 12 month. Then bid out the weeds by the hour OR tell them you will do it all for the $480.00 range. I am basing that off your pics though. Looks like you could up sell a few other things like bark, fertilizer, etc. Could be a nice account for you though especially if there are other neighbors that might look for service.