calculating bids for new clients

Discussion in 'Network: Central' started by CWC, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. CWC

    CWC LawnSite Member
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    Is there a formula to help decide the price I should ask for a new job? I'm new to the business and have no idea where to start the pricing. How much per acre, how much for trimming individually around a grove of trees? I am very detail oriented and have trouble knowing how long the job will take until I actually do the work. Do any of you have a suggestion that will help the new kid on the block to know how to price a job and be profitable and remain competitive?
  2. 3JLawnScapes

    3JLawnScapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I go about 55 an acre just to mow... Trimming is something you will learn. Standard yard in a sub div, the works, goes about 30 for a reg. and 35 for a corner. Then i just try to work my way up from there.
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Its all trial an error! When ya lose your ass a few times you learn!! see ya George
  4. CWC

    CWC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I'm still just a small-fry. Thanks for the in-put I hope I will be able to avoid to many pricing errors. I havean aggreement to work on an hourly bases right now. The Spring cleanup and property prep is taking to much time for a flat rate.
    Thanks for the input. It will be valuable.
  5. ccondie

    ccondie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    I usually charge about $70 a acer and about $35 for a reg sized yard. like some one else said once you loose your ass once or twice you will get a better feel. but thats how i do it anyway.

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