another bid question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by curry, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. curry

    curry LawnSite Member
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    Ive searched but havent found this situation. Im bidding on a place that includes the mowing(hour and a half) including trimming, and keeping up with a large amount of beds. The lady wants a full day (8 man hours), every week of the year. I dont think it will take an 8 hour day every week to keep up with this property but thats what she wants so I need to bid that way. I have one employee that will most likely do it himself. It is about 25 miles out of my way to do this account. I have thought about $750 per month but I think I may be undercutting myself. If this was your situation, what would you charge.
     
  2. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    doubling your price mentioned gets in the ballpark...
     
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Roughly figuring it, if its 25 miles, thats about 1 hour drive time. plus 1.5 hours to work there, plus 8 hours for the beds. that is 10.5 hours, assuming it all can be done with one man. That is about 40 hours per month. $750 would be less than 20 per hour. Way too cheap. This account will cost you money for 750.
     
  4. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    not to mention the 8 hrs of beds will drive you batty (or your help).

    and why a whole day? is she trying to impress the neighbors?
     
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Exactly how big are these beds? I have an account that took 55 yards of mulch to cover. I spend aprox. 2-3 hours a month maintaining them. Don't let a customer tell you how long a job will take. Next thing you know she'll be telling you what time you can stop by to work on her yard. Give her a price for the month.
     
  6. curry

    curry LawnSite Member
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    The beds will only take approx. 2 hrs a week but she says it will take 8 hrs. I have to plan on an 8 hr day in case she has other "stuff" for me. She is being straight up with me about an 8 hr day so I need to charge for this even if it doesnt take that long. The lady lives on a 7000 acre high fence game ranch. They are multi-mill. clients. So, you are saying I should charge around $1400 a month?
     
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    It depends on what the minimum is you need to make an hour. For me, its 60 per hour, so I would have to bid around 2400.
     
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    Thats sounds about right on the money for me. 1 hour drive (to and fro), plus 8 hrs per week. Thats 4 hours drive time and 32 hours per month, which equals 36 hours per month. For me its $40 per hour, so that = $1440 per month. If she does not like that price, offer her a 12 month contract, and that will lower the monthly price somewhat,but by all means try to get to at least sign a service agreement (contract), at least 9 months. 12 months will bring it down somewhere probably just under $1100 per month, based on 9 months of service ($1440 per month x 9 months=$12960). Thats about 36 weeks, that number could be lower based on number of cuts per season for your area. These numbers are for service only. Materials such as mulch and/or annual plants or shrubs are extra. Just my $.02:)
     
  9. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Greenman--Dont forget the 1.5 hours per week to mow.....thats 6 hours extra per month. You just shorted yourself $240.00 per month.:D
     
  10. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    Whoa! I thought he meant the 8 hours was part of the mowing.
    Thanks. That's grocery money.
     

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