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Old 11-14-2013, 08:52 PM
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Per acre price?

We have been invited to bid on a 50 acre property. Really want to calculate a fair price. Property Manager say it takes 40 man-hours to mow and 40 man-hours to weed-eat. Says they use a Grasshopper Mower. Amount of time seems excessive as it is rather straight mowing and trimming. We use 60 and 72 Turf Tigers. My question....what do you standardly charge per acre (including trimming) ?
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:05 PM
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Per acre price?

You should be able to mow that in one day with a 72
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:09 PM
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different prices per state and area. Thats really a broad question. My cost of living is different then yours. no offense but surely you wouldnt take advice from georgia or fl or any other part of the state and apply it to your price. heck our gallon of gas is prob 50 cents per gallon off. Our house payment are prob way off. Find out what your market is and go off that... dont take advice from LS on that one.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:27 PM
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You need to estimate how many man hours it will take you to service that particular property. Then you need to multiply that number by your hourly rate and you will have your bid price.

How long will it take you to service that property?

What is your hourly rate?
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:22 AM
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All I know right now is the numbers that Property Management gave me....that it took 1 guy 40 hours per week to mow. I just cannot see how it took that long. Even on the slow side, I would think a 61" or 72" Turf Tiger could mow 3-4 acres an hour. As far weed-eating, manager say 1 guy 40 hours, again I do not see that at all. The largest apartment complex we do is 28 acres, with lots of weed-eating. We generally do in 14-16 man-hours total.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:48 AM
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Per acre price?

I would figure 20-30 hours depending on the terrain.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:55 PM
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All I know right now is the numbers that Property Management gave me....that it took 1 guy 40 hours per week to mow. I just cannot see how it took that long. Even on the slow side, I would think a 61" or 72" Turf Tiger could mow 3-4 acres an hour. As far weed-eating, manager say 1 guy 40 hours, again I do not see that at all. The largest apartment complex we do is 28 acres, with lots of weed-eating. We generally do in 14-16 man-hours total.
It doesn't matter one bit how long it took someone else to service the property. You should not base your estimate on someone else's numbers. You need to use your company's numbers.

What matters is how many man hours you estimate it will take you to service the property and how much your company charges per man hour.

We can't see the 50 acre property but based your time for the 28 acres it takes you an average of .5 hours to .58 hours to service an acre of land on the 28 acre property. Based on theses numbers the 50 acre property would take you 25 hours to 29 hours to service.

Do you anticipate your efficiency to be the same, worse or better on the 50 acre property?

If the last guy bid 80 hours at $20 his price would be $1,600.

If you bid 30 hours at $50 your price would be $1,500.

How many man hours do you estimate it will take you to service the 50 acres?

How much do you charge per man hour?

Multiply those two numbers and you have your bid.

If you need to subdivide the property into smaller lots…look at it as ten different 5 acre "lots" and then figure out how many man hours it will take you to service each "lot" and multiply that number by your hourly rate. Do this for each individual "lot" and then add all the "lots" together and you have your bid.

This is not complicated.

Do you know what your company's hourly rate is?
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