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Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 12:37 PM
I think it went pretty well. I got a nice template from Microsoft for estimates and invoices that seem to look very professional. The homeowner was not home but it seems like an easy job. I emailed the estimate back to her like she wanted if she was not home and now the waiting period begins. It looks like a 20 minute job and I went with $25 and $30/hr for the spring cleanup. I hope I get a customer that is not a blood relative! lol

03-23-2004, 01:16 PM
So. . .you're going to do 20 min. worth of work for $8.30?? If that is correct, I think you are working pretty cheap.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 01:24 PM
Its a dinky lawn. $25 for 20 minutes seems ok to me.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 01:26 PM
Its basically $75 per hour. If I had 2 other lawns like that, it would be $75 per hour I just made.

03-23-2004, 02:49 PM
Sounds like a good price to me.


Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 03:01 PM
I mean, the lawn is less than a 1/4 acre. I go by the 1/4 acre scale starting at $25. 1/4 and less is $25, $30 for 1/2 and up to $40 per acre. Seems like a good price to me. Pretty standard for this area of Michigan, especially in my county.

03-23-2004, 07:55 PM
Davislawnmowing - do not let the east coast and west coast guys influence you - they keep talking about this $60+ per acre, and you and I realize two things.
1. People in the midwest will not pay that kind of money
2. Our cost of living does not require that kind of money
3. If we bid the big boys prices, one thing is for certain - We will not have to invest in lawn mowers, because we will land no bids.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 07:58 PM
Good points Flex-Deck. $60 an hour seems insane to me. $30 is fine for us Midwest guys. How's the weather out Iowa way? No snow here in my part of Michigan and was 55 today, supposed to be like that the rest of the week with rain off and on all week. Spring is coming I think, hopefully. I hope to get out and do some cutting in mid-April if these hold up right.

Trevors Lawn Care
03-23-2004, 07:59 PM
Hey Davis, two more jobs would land you at $75 per hour, one thing i under estimated was drive time and dead time in between. With my costs i need to average about $30 per hour to pay bills and everything else goes back into the business. I am just a little south of you, and when i start giving prices of $35 or higher people will hire the kid down the street. my average price per lawn is $25 so it sounds good to me.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-23-2004, 08:07 PM
Yeah Trevor, this is my first year and of course was my first estimate. Most of the city lawns here are more than likely in the $25-35 range, more so on the $25 side I do think. I will find some 30-35 a time yards now and then and of course the country lots which will bring in $40+ as most are at least an acre. Most of our subdivisions are out of the city and have bigger lots and they make the most money, hell, my parents are these people. There lawn is a $30 lawn, if they were not my parents it would be a $35 dollar lawn no question about it. I figure as long as I average $25 a lawn, which I will at worst since I wont go lower than $25, I am making $10 more an hour than I ever did. My Bachelor of Business Administration degree is completely worthless. I spent 2 years looking for a job after I graduated and I still just cut grass on the side.

03-23-2004, 08:13 PM
I have two lawns at $25.00, yards small and shady, grass doesn't grow that fast or tall, two older couples, i trim and edge real quick with the trimmer, takes me about 25 mins for both of em.

03-23-2004, 08:34 PM
Davis, $25 for 20 min. sounds great. I misunderstood your original post. Good luck.

03-23-2004, 10:55 PM
whats involved in the spring clean-up?

03-24-2004, 08:46 AM
Lets see the template for microsoft?

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-24-2004, 10:19 AM
The spring cleanup is just removing some acorns from an Oak Tree in this lady's backyard and some small sticks that have fallen. It is a 30 minute job tops to clean up the stuff.

You can get the Microsoft Template on www.microsoft.com In the search, just type in Templates and once that comes up, I think I typed estimate template into the search bar again and it was the 2nd one listed, price quotation without tax I think was the title. For some reason it is an Excel file which was weird because it appears to be just like my Invoice template I downloaded a few weeks ago.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-24-2004, 10:24 AM
Here is the direct link to the template.


03-24-2004, 11:40 AM
I lucked out having a wife who is a graphic design artist. Those invoices are nice, but look really easy to make. i hope they weren't too expensive. It's your money..................and they do look professional. We just took our design to the print shop and made 250 two form invoices for $90.00.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-24-2004, 02:41 PM
Those invoices and estimates templates are free man. Download them from Microsoft and save them to your computer. You just buy the printer paper. I get it free from my dad's work, big wrapped package of like a 1000 sheets.

03-27-2004, 06:17 AM
I don't have Excel.