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FireMedic09
07-18-2009, 09:28 AM
HELP! I am trying to estimate my first commercial job...

http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8...A&iwd=1&dtab=0

Not that much to mow, but a lot to trim. They would like trimming, mowing, blowing, as needed broadleaf weed control, fertilization 3x per year, policing for small debris, leaf removal in the fall, trimming/pruning of bushes.

It is the white building to the left of the icon, just north of W Profile Parkway

the west border is the train tracks

the east border is N Curry Pike

the north border is the gravel parking lot, just past the building

Total property size is about 6.5 acres.

How would you charge for a whole season (28 sessions) for each of the following?

Mowing
Trimming
Edging
Area Police
Weed Control
Fertilization
Leaf Removal
Shrub Care

THANKS!

punt66
07-18-2009, 09:42 AM
only you can answer that question. Break it down and come up with a number.

FireMedic09
07-18-2009, 10:06 AM
I understand that, however I want to remain competitive. I have never bid commercial before, and I don't want my potential customer to look at my bid and say "What? He wants to charge that? HAHAHAHAHA"

Here is what I initially came up with:



Mowing 30-40 min
Trimming 20 min
Edging 10 - 20 min
Area Police 10 min
Weed Control 30 min
Fertilization 30 min
Leaf Removal 45 - 60 min
Shrub Care 20-30 min

Mowing $1,600
Trimming/Edging $840.00
Area Police for Trash $280.00
Weed Control $1,500
Fertilization $2,000
Leaf Removal $1,400
Tree and Shrub Care $1,000

Total Contract Price $8620.00
12 Monthly Payments - $718.00

topsites
07-18-2009, 10:55 AM
http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8...A&iwd=1&dtab=0

That link is incomplete, you need to "Copy Location" or "Copy URL" instead of a straight "Copy"

Also, going just by the fact that it's 6.5 acres which is no way to bid,
but based on that alone I think your bid is a bit on the low side.

LouisianaLawnboy
07-18-2009, 04:46 PM
BTW do not put the breakdown of the cost, or they may try to nit pick it.

Raider
07-18-2009, 06:16 PM
50 to 60 minutes to mow AND trim a 6.5 acre property? Is it completely bare, I can not get the map/picture to open.

FireMedic09
07-18-2009, 06:54 PM
Sorry for the broken link

Here it is:

http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=print+pack,+bloomington,+in&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&cid=0,0,2715398270011133887&ei=aERiSpPFBpKBtwf4k6SyAg&ll=39.174073,-86.582994&spn=0.007535,0.01929&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

See description of the land area on the first post.

THANKS for all the great advice thus far

SEMI-RETIRED
07-19-2009, 12:04 AM
I understand that, however I want to remain competitive. I have never bid commercial before, and I don't want my potential customer to look at my bid and say "What? He wants to charge that? HAHAHAHAHA"

Here is what I initially came up with:



Mowing 30-40 min
Trimming 20 min
Edging 10 - 20 min
Area Police 10 min
Weed Control 30 min
Fertilization 30 min
Leaf Removal 45 - 60 min
Shrub Care 20-30 min

Mowing $1,600
Trimming/Edging $840.00
Area Police for Trash $280.00
Weed Control $1,500
Fertilization $2,000
Leaf Removal $1,400
Tree and Shrub Care $1,000

Total Contract Price $8620.00
12 Monthly Payments - $718.00


Using the high end of your minutes, comes out to 4 hrs per visit times
28, equals 112 hrs, divided into 8620.00 equals about 77 per hr..

Don't know how many employees your are using on the job but if 77 per
hr will cover them and turn a profit go for it, if not better adjust your
bid..

Bob..