Bidding per square foot or yard? Is it alright? How should I do it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassdoctor, Jan 15, 2005.

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How you bid lawn cutting.

  1. Measure.... and calculate.

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  2. Eyeball it!

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  1. grassdoctor

    grassdoctor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    I heard that getting .003 cents per square foot is a good way to estimate a bid. However do you include the buildings when you measure or just lawn area? If anyone else knows any methods of bidding by size formula please share them here.

    :help:

    Troy

    Grass Doctors Lawn & Landscape
    Appleton, Wisconsin
     
  2. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 352

    .003 for what services ?
     
  3. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    :laugh: Personally, I don't mow over buildings, so I dont include them in my square footage. :laugh:

    Seriously, I measure and base it on my yard. I look at the yard and use the measuring for chemical applications , etc. Don't base the cost of mowing on Square footage....Maybe I should, I might make more money. LOL
     
  4. grassdoctor

    grassdoctor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    .003 is for mowing
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    If you get a 4000K yard that is $12.00
    8000k yard is $24.00
    I would think you might want to start with a min. and add to that
     
  6. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 352

    Dont waste your time measuring for mowing....Having a good eye for time is the best method. Hrs x $ = bid amount ( factor in travel-unload & load etc. )

    Ask the property owner / manager to provide you with exactly what areas will be cut, dont assume anything.
     
  7. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    I measure every job we do. Helps with pricing and lawn care. Also some jobs can be deceiving. I would much rather spend a hour or two with the tape and wheel than guessing wrong by 20min or so and having to do it 30+ times in a year.
    I also keep on file a plot and plant chart so any time I get a call from the customer I can answer, over the phone, most anything.
    Also measure beds and type of mulch so we know what to buy in fall.
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Going by square footage alone will not work. I have a client that has about 4K sq ft and it takes me the same time as to mow another client with 15K sq ft. With all other services I base my price off sq ft, but not mowing. Just need to estimate your time and charge accordingly.
     
  9. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    There is no easy answer to this. we put the sq. feet to 3 different formulas and than answer 8 questions about the property. ( trees-hills-layout-?mower?ect.) This is the 4th year and we still don't have a set rule.
     
  10. grassdoctor

    grassdoctor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Using this system I would have a minimum charge. Normally I never charge less then 30 to 35 unless its something that takes 10 minutes or less. I have one account a gas station I hop out with a walkbehind mower one back and forth strip about 40 ft for 25 bucks. I wish I had about 20 of those right next to eachother. lol
     

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