View Full Version : how much to charge?anyone?

09-12-2002, 04:49 PM
I got a job i was asked to bid on, its a perimeter around a subdivison thats almost a mile long. with a fence all the way around and a few trees too. Its about a 40ft with being the widest spot which runs along the side of a road? What would be a good estimate for this job?

09-12-2002, 04:57 PM
Are you cutting with a 22" mower or a 12' batwing on a farm tractor?


09-12-2002, 05:41 PM
what kind of fence is this fine turf or ruff turf can ya roundup along the fence so you wont have to trim it and like guido said what size mower ???? more info plz

09-12-2002, 05:54 PM
i am using a toro hydro with 44'' deck, the fence is wood, and the turf is kinda ruff...

Just Cut
09-12-2002, 08:17 PM
If it is not extremly ruff, 40x5280= 4.8 acres, time estimate appx 4 to 5 hours, 300.00 - 400.00 to mow & trim

Tim Canavan
09-13-2002, 01:19 AM
walk one length of the area at your mower speed (or drive it), then multiply it by how many strips you'll do. Add in the weedeating and charge a dollar a minute. You'll make money.:cool:
Is it for a friend? Is it in a community that you allready have accounts in? If so, you might want to go a little cheaper. If it's far away, make it worth your while. Good luck.

09-13-2002, 03:54 AM
Why don't you just ask them to let you mow it once in order to tell how long it will take and then give the bid? :D

09-13-2002, 08:34 AM
Jim has a good idea. I have done this before and then given a very accurate bid after knowing exactly how long it took me to do. On residentials they are usually standard and easy to bid but on a large comm. property I find it more difficult to bid accurately just by looking and guessing. Good luck.

The Lawn Choupique
09-13-2002, 02:17 PM
Here's the answer. $200

09-13-2002, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by The Lawn Choupique
Here's the answer. $200

What a great post!

Any more pearls of wisdom?

09-14-2002, 07:12 AM
I'd tell them between 300 to 400...but as Jim said, I'd tell them"let me mow it once and then give you a an exact cost so we both are satisfied with the situation."...I often tell a prospect that some of the estimates we do are based on pretty solid formulas while others, are educated/experienced guesstimtes. If they balk at this I have also said that if another guy tells you that all estimates in this business are rock hard accurate and scientific, then he is not being honest with you...so then if you come back with a lower number than your upfront guesstimate, you have made a very favorable first impression...and first impressions can be very important