Bidding by the Square Foot

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cward, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Has anyone figured out their prices by the square foot? BobbyG got me thinking about this on one of his recent post about rationalizing per hour. Just curious what some may be charging this way.
     
  2. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 558

    well i charge roughly 160 an acre (depending on the conditions) mow edge trim clean-up so figuring is .00367 per sq.ft this is just my general rule of thumb on pricing but it does slightly vary from location to location......
     
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    no way. when it comes to mowing, there are too many variables. i have 4k properties that are $30, and other 4k properties that are $40.
     
  4. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    Aeration, Fertilization, Weed control, by the 1000 sqft. But not mowing.
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Yes, you can bid by the foot but you will have to also figure in conditions or features. Generally those features would involve trimming. I price my mowing based on a sliding scale and the trimming is priced at 1 dollar for each 100 ft I walk with the trimmer. I measure from the moment I get the trimmer out of the rack until I put it back.
     
  6. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    BG is exactly right. You can't bid by sq ft. You can have a 10,000 sq ft. lot that is empty, just a big square. Then you take that same size lot and throw in a few hills, berms, several dozen trees, 4-5 hundred ft. of walkways going through it, and many other things. No way can you base your pricing on this method. Basing it on time is the only good way to do it.
     

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