bid by the square foot??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by skrats, Oct 5, 2002.

  1. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    does anyone bid their lawns by the square footage of the yard
    if so what do you figure, i have groundskeeper pro 2000 and the default for lawn service is $30 per 1000 square feet
    that is a lot of money

  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    I bid all of my yards by the sq.ft.
    $30 per 1000ft.? I think you mean 10000sq.ft. That would be close.
  3. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    skrats ... just delete customer number 9999, that will delete any and all service info associated to that customer from the database. You then would have to enter in a the price for each customer in the services.
    Call Dave or Karen and they will help you out....
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Bid for what? Seeding...mowing...fertilizing...what?
  5. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    remember different obstacles, trimming,

    fert, seeding etc i think sq foot is the only way
  6. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Once you get above your min price you can use a sq. foot figure.

    I used $0.003, if it was a large place like over 100K sq. feet and easy to do and I really wanted it, then I might go lower.
    If I could tell it would be a PITA prop. then I might go higher.
  7. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Posts: 554

    Brickman, you charge $300 for a 100,000 sq feet?
  8. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Too high? too low?

    It depends, if it was open, I would have. Lots of trimming would have been higher.
    Even at .003 there were plenty of times I wouldn't get a bid. Some other clown was cheaper.
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    It all depends on your equipment, size thereof, speed, capacity, is it paid off, how much it cost you to operate per hour, how much your insurance, license, tax, helpers, etc. are going to cost per hour, so many things to vary the cost. My minimum price is $25 usually for mow trim blow and go. Usually I try for $30 though. Around here if we're talking acreage it's anywhere from $25-50 per acre. Depending on what that company uses. Then again, the bigger your equipment the higher your op. cost, even though it takes less time to do it, so your price should be about the same with a 36" w/b as with a 60" ZTR. Keep your quality up and keep your prices in line.
    Brickman, 100,000 sq. ft. lawn here will go for about $55 or so. If wide open minimal trimming. Blows my mind to see ya get $300 but I'm happy for ya! Oh wait, your not in the biz anymore... ok so you used to do good! hehehe...
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    BTW, an acre is 43,560 square feet for you city folks :D :cool:

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