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Old 05-06-2005, 11:00 PM
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I had i guy ask for a bid the other day. His yard is a half acre lot with about 70-80 trees in the backyard. the front isnt very large but the back is. I quoted him 65 dollars. Does this seem too much/too little/ just right? Just wanted an opinion
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:29 PM
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If he has 80 trees on only a half acre lot there can't be any grass cause the trees would be side by side and taking up the whole 1/2 acre
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:32 PM
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What price did you quote him for handling all these leaves once it becomes Fall?
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Old 05-07-2005, 08:11 PM
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What price did you quote him for handling all these leaves once it becomes Fall?
Maybe he'll mow them into circles around the trees, for free. Like someone we know. You asked for that one.
But seriously,
We all under bid once in a while. You are planning the right thing, charge what you agreed to, and tell him that you underbid, and need to charge more.
If he doesn't take the new price, walk away, don't haggle.
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Old 05-07-2005, 08:13 PM
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Maybe he'll mow them into circles around the trees, for free. Like someone we know. You asked for that one.
Phew, 80 trees, I wish him luck.
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:34 PM
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If he has 80 trees on only a half acre lot there can't be any grass cause the trees would be side by side and taking up the whole 1/2 acre
Exactly...............
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:34 PM
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If he has 80 trees on only a half acre lot there can't be any grass cause the trees would be side by side and taking up the whole 1/2 acre
Yup, or really little trees. Much too cheap though if you gotta line trim around 80 trees, no matter the size. Figure your time required.
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Old 05-07-2005, 05:36 PM
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the trees were only maybe 5-6 inches in diameter and yes i have realized i under bid the job. It took me 2 and a half hours to mow and trim around all the trees. And that was just the backyard. The front was too wet because he has new sod. I think im going to tell him i wil charge him what i quoted him just this time but next time it will be around 110 dollars. Thanks you guys were a big help.
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Old 05-07-2005, 07:51 PM
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Keep in mind you really should not be trimming around those trees the trimmer can damage the trees. We use round-up around trees which reduces the time it take to trim. Then if the customer is conerned about the dead grass we convince him to pay for mulch. Can't believe anybody would leave 80 trees in a yard that size.
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:41 PM
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Keep in mind you really should not be trimming around those trees the trimmer can damage the trees. We use round-up around trees which reduces the time it take to trim. Then if the customer is conerned about the dead grass we convince him to pay for mulch. Can't believe anybody would leave 80 trees in a yard that size.

come over to our house and I will let you meet my dad and mom they have finally figured out that they do not have anymore room for trees in the yard so now they are planting them outside the fence I really think they are doing this on purpose because they are in their 80's and they are leaving me their mess to clean upor rather deal with . LOL
It gets better they ask us why the grass will not grow
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