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Bidding On Residental Job

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by INTENSE, Jun 29, 2006.


    INTENSE LawnSite Member
    from GEORGIA
    Posts: 3

    Bidding On Residental Job In A Custom Neighborhood.
    Sq. Footage Is Approx.18,000.

    Has Pinebeds Around The Entire Yard, But The Grass Has No Obstacles In It.

    The Job Will Consist Of Cut, Weedeat, Edge, Blow,
    Any Assistance Will Be Greatful.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,200

    About $38 assuming no bagging and can be cut with big unit.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    will you be string trimming the edge of the beds- how long will that take

    Stick edge the walks -- How long for that

    18000 lot or grass whats the widest mower you can get on it.
    If just grass I would think about 45 min to an hour of work total
  4. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    $46.00 - 10% nice guy discount = $41.40/week...BAM!!!:laugh:
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,200

    Sorry Splicer I get the job...
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    40, no change needed.

    practice, say 'forty' :laugh:

    seriously thou, there's your ballpark between all of the above.
  7. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 806

    Ok, so you charge $40 and it takes an hour total. To get there and leave and go to the next job 1/2 hr or more, maybe 1 hour of travel.

    That makes it close to $20/hr. :nono:

    That means you are going backwards and are leaving no profit for the business, gas, broken equipment, dull blades, maintenance.

    You need to make at least 60 to 80/hr to even make money. Any less is a Fool's paradise.

    I know, lots of people will say, "I can't charge more!" Even in the worse economy, there's always a way. Here's a fact. I live in Alberta Canada.
    Right now the economy is so hot the govt doesn't know what to do with the surpluses... regular jobs are paying 15/20 hr for unskilled labor... and I did better 10 years ago in terms of profit because of lower operating costs and less competition etc...

    Anyways, think about making real money...:clapping:
  8. cahermit

    cahermit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I shoot for 30-45$/hr here depending on the circumstances.
  9. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    When we find people in this situation we should stop telling them what OUR cost is and OUR profit goals. Instead this guy needs to learn how to bid any job...not just this one. Start by visiting a forum dedicated to costs of operation. Find out what your costs are and your profit goals. Take your cost and profit goals and break them down to an hourly rate. Now you have enough info about yourself to make correct bidding decisions on ALL properties.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Good answer, but not much fun!

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