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bidding mow jobs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scottypoo, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Scottypoo

    Scottypoo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Hey fella's. I have a fert and weed control company but I want to take on some mow jobs. Most are large properties. I know obstacles and terrain are taken into consideration. I'll be using a 36" walk behind. Is there a formula to calculate the cost per 1000 square feet? How do you determine how much to charge? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 241

    ((Labor + Overhead) x (1 + Profit margin)) x Time to complete job = Price


    (25.00 + 15.00) x (1 + 30%) x 45 minutes (.75 hr) = Price
    40.00 x 1.3 x .75 = Price
    52.00 x .75 = Price
    39.00 = Price

    This is how you figure pricing. The numbers in the example are not representative of your actual circumstances, you have to figure those out for yourself as no one else can do it.

    Labor is an easy one because you know what you want to pay yourself.

    Overhead is critical because underestimating it will eat away at your profit margin and once it's gone it will attack your labor. make sure you take ALL of your costs into account.

    Profit will most likely be determined by what your market will bear.
  3. Scottypoo

    Scottypoo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Perfect. Thanks brother.
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  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    With 36'' WB you better take on small properties
  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    Exactly. I'd go with at least a 48in mower. Time is money.
  7. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    It sounds like maybe he already has the 36". And if his area is anything like mine, you won't get anything larger into the back yard gates, and the back yard takes up more than 60% of most of my properties, so you don't want to have to use a 21" on all of them.

    We don't know what he is considering "large properties" either....
  8. Schield

    Schield LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    I charge like this- $20 to $30 + $1 to $3 per 1,000 sq ft.

    Example- 5,000 sq ft Commercial turf with plenty of trimming... $30 + $3 x 5, = $45.

    Another example- 3,000 sq ft residential with minimal trimming... $20 + $1 x 3, = $23

    That's just me.

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