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lawnkid14
03-26-2012, 07:41 PM
hello i went out to look at this ladies yard. The picture below is the aera in which she wants to grow a garden it is approximately 30 ft long by 15 deep. The brush needs to be removed as well as some stumps. Then the pine needles need to be racked and hauled away. Finally she want me to roto till it to yank up and left overs. Also the job has a lot of trees they want cut up and hauled away so this can potentially be a money maker. Please help i guess 8-10 hrs at 20 dollars an hour. see pic below and thanks.

grandview (2006)
03-26-2012, 07:44 PM
So your going to do all that work for 200 bucks?

lawnkid14
03-26-2012, 07:59 PM
thats wat idk and ask you guys for help what do you think i should charge. Haven't told customer yet how much.

H & M Yard Improvements
03-26-2012, 08:32 PM
thats wat idk and ask you guys for help what do you think i should charge. Haven't told customer yet how much.

Are you solo? Can you do it in 8-10 hrs by yourself? Your price per hour seems to be a bit on the low side. I would up it a bit. Here I charge $45.00 an hour. Thats the best I can get in my area. Dont be afraid if she says no to your price. If you are taking it away, dont be afraid to charge her for that too. Good luck and keep us posted.

Waddle
03-26-2012, 08:42 PM
I would also say that's a lot low. Unless you have all the equipment like tillers, and stump grinders your gonna have to rent them. To rent both of those for the day is already gonna cost ya more than $200. If your doing that all by hand with shovels with another guy your probably looking at more like 16-20 hours. Around here I've been landing jobs at $50-65 hour labor rate. Plus pulling stumps out of the ground is a PITA. I always charge more for PITA work. Hope that helps

cash2406
03-26-2012, 08:50 PM
You also have to take into gas at 8-10 hrs really you are working for around $12 instead of $20 already shoot for $40!!!
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cash2406
03-26-2012, 08:52 PM
You also have to take into gas at 8-10 hrs really you are working for around $12 instead of $20 already shoot for $40!!! Which is low but its a start atleast you haven't wasted a day for nothing. Sorry for the double phone is going crazy.
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lawnkid14
03-26-2012, 10:46 PM
i will keep all of you up to date and thanks for all the replys this is my first real bid on a job and need help so thanks

CS-LAWNSERVICE
03-27-2012, 08:18 PM
just by looking at it I would think closer to 450-500 to do a job that size its going to take you a lot longer then you think when it comes to removing stumps with a pick and shovel and its gonna cost you to rent a stump grinder if you go that way

really think hard on this one its going to be a back breaker for little to no profit if not bid right

McFarland_Lawn_Care
03-28-2012, 08:33 AM
ya, I would say prob 6 hrs for two guys (to make me comfortable) PLUS rented equipment - we are talking around $750. If the soil is no good for garden, then she'll want some decent topsoil/compost to be tilled in as well. $700-900 all said and done and looking sexy! =D

If you are just starting out and are working on developing a name for yourself you might have to settle for less. But I would definitely go no less than $40/hr plus equipment rental. This is going to take you a good while.

McFarland_Lawn_Care
03-28-2012, 08:41 AM
Another idea is to give a higher price than you think it will take and hope she is fine with it. If she hesitates and you can tell she is shy of the price, don't be afraid to say, "Do you have a maximum budget you are working with?" Never hurts to ask, then you can get a feel for if this is going to work out or not. If she was thinking a couple hundred bucks then I would thank her for her time and wish her well. Get a price figured out, practice your "speech", dress nicely and be professional and you'll do fine.

lawnkid14
03-28-2012, 09:28 PM
thanks all for the help i didnt know i was so low at $20 an hr