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Old 02-26-2014, 05:26 PM
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Eyeballing vs. Exact sqft measurements on pricing jobs.

Hey guys. I know many of us straight up eyeball our yards and place bids. What about doing exact measurements of jobs? I'm thinking I want to start doing all my pricing this way atleast for a bit until I get a better grasp of my eyeballing skills. What measurement tools do you guys recommend?

thanks for any advice!
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:45 PM
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Hey guys. I know many of us straight up eyeball our yards and place bids. What about doing exact measurements of jobs? I'm thinking I want to start doing all my pricing this way atleast for a bit until I get a better grasp of my eyeballing skills. What measurement tools do you guys recommend?

thanks for any advice!
Invest in a good digital measuring wheel.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:49 PM
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I eyeball the complexities that add up fast. Like corner lots or lots w/ plenty o' obstacles/beds/swingsets/fences/plantings/etc... Very basic stuff, but just adding to the mix thus far.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:54 PM
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I use more than one method by which I come up with an estimate, eyeballing is just one way I use to determine price but it's not the only way... I would never use a one-size-fits-all method nor would I usually just take one look and blurt out a price, it leaves too much room for error. Only after so many years can I look at some jobs and tell you with a passing glance how much it's going to be, even then I like to look at things a little closer... So I use as many ways possible to come up with a price, that way I have something to compare figures with and I don't care if it takes a little longer, I want the right price.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:48 PM
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findlotsize.com is good for finding square footage. Combine that with a look at the property in person and you won't be far off.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:31 PM
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I use a Nikon laser range finder for most of my measurements since I already had it for hunting. Works really well and is plenty accurate for my use. Most smaller properties (under 10,000 square feet) I just eyeball.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:42 AM
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You can take rough measurements by pacing it off. For me a 3 foot step is just a bit shorter than my average step.

This is good enough for lawn mowing and mulch jobs.

When it comes to lawn mowing the size is not always the biggest factor. I often tell people that I will mow it the first time for a certain amount then when I mow it, I time myself and can then tell the customer how much the subsequent services will cost. For the most part, I do not need to make an adjustment but this seems to work well in that it shows that I am making an effort to be exact and it gives an open for one more customer contact and that seems to get me and the new customer off to a good start. It also gives me the chance to reconsider things that I had not noticed.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:18 PM
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For the most part I just eyeball it for mowing jobs. I use a measuring wheel or walk it off for mulching jobs or anything else that I need to get better measurements than my eyes will provide.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:19 AM
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For the most part I just eyeball it for mowing jobs. I use a measuring wheel or walk it off for mulching jobs or anything else that I need to get better measurements than my eyes will provide.
Ditto. Sounds like me
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:43 AM
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I have a measuring wheel but also know my stride. Depending on length I'm usually within 5'. If it's something crazy then just use findlotsize or google earth or whatever. I have a couple apps on my phone/ipad that are pretty close as well. Just depends on the work requested (mowing or retaining wall, etc)
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