Cematary bid?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tizbad1313, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. Tizbad1313

    Tizbad1313 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 5

    Hi i am new to the lawncare business.I have cut several yards for a while.I am thinking about bidding on the city cematary i was wondering how much to price it?It is proably a 3 1/2 to 5 ac.I think i can cut it in about 8hrs.Any advice would help greatly.
     
  2. William Camp

    William Camp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    About $40.00 per hour x how many men you have working


    Hope this helps
    Fourstar Lawnscaping:dizzy:
     
  3. Tizbad1313

    Tizbad1313 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 5

    Thanks for the advice that was about what i was figuring.:D
     
  4. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    Tezbad: Watch out! Cemeteries are not yards and you must bid them differently. There are some threads on the subject if you want to do a search. You will spend twice the time trimming vs. mowing. Trimming stones is very time consuming. I know, I worked as a groundskeeper at the local National Cemetery for a while. The key is: how many stones? Is the cemetery active (you can't run over fresh graves)? Who removes flowers? (You will have to move small flower arrangements while you trim) Fences and buildings to trim? Lots to consider and most new guys will underbid a cemetery.
     
  5. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 926

    Let's bring this back from the dead
     
  6. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    They are bid by giving a price to do the job then a price per head stone. Around my parts you get somewhere around 30 cents per head stone.

    Good luck…these things are extremely hard to give a competitive price on.
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,808

    Run away..........
     
  8. Well let me give my input. I have a 4.5 acre site, has a decent sized rock parking lot, and building. Maybe 3.5 acres of grass. Prob about 100-200 headstones. It takes us 1.5 hours to cut, me and another guy cutting, one weedeater. We have to maintain a few bushes in the front, and pull/spray weeds, and round off the monkey grass border, maybe a 20 minute job 1x a month or so. We STARTED off spending around 3- 3.5 hours, now, after a routine, WAY less. I bid the job a couple months ago, and got it @ 300.00 a cut. People there are cool, let me spray weedkiller around all stones to cut down trimming time, even though it killed a little too much grass. Good revenue job. Asked them how they chose me- they said i included the most services, i was not necessarily the cheapest, but my references were good, and i took care of those garden chores they detested. They love my work too.....
     

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