cemetary help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by raish05, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. raish05

    raish05 LawnSite Member
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    hey guys got a call to price a cemetary to mow has roughly 3200 head stones. how would you price it
     
  2. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
    Posts: 125

    High enough to cover all my costs and put lots of money in the bank. Cemeteries are hell so if you don't or have not done one you better think twice. Search it out on here, there are tons of idiots that obviously don't know how to bid their work who have asked the same question.
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    How many acres? Who cleans flowers from plots? is it a newer cemetery? There are a lot of questions when looking at bidding cemeteries. Pictures would help.
     
  4. raish05

    raish05 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    it both old and new I would say 6 acres all flat they clean flowers and trash
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  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    My ballpark with no pics would be around $500 per mow based on weekly mowing, $700 bi weekly, or 950 as needed.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A bunch of money. As stated before, if they are calling you and you are new to mowing there is a reason. Graveyards are sooooo tuff on the equipment and everything else. And they usually pay the least.
     
  7. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
    Posts: 125

    My advice is if you are not one with your mower you better be very careful. I am the only person that rubs my mower and I can put the ol gal anywhere it will fit, a cemetery will test you to a point of breaking. I do a 5 acre cemetery and I charge them 400 per cut . They spray all the walls and stones and pickup all trash and flowers. I didn't want it but they called and wanted me so I took it and I took it cheap because I honestly only mow it on weekends and I enjoy an adult beverage while I mow, not while I trim. Just watch ur butt man I am telling you it will test you in every wag just make sure you are making money. How much is up to you.
     
  8. raish05

    raish05 LawnSite Member
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    They want every week Apr may June. July Aug every other. Would u keep prices the same
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  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    What about Sep Oct and Nov? I'd say 575 per mow based on 20 (example) mowings. Any mowings above that number will be an additional amount. We have a cemetery that is mowed as needed but they only wanted us to mow it x amount of times. It was at our descretion, then there would be a funeral so we would have to mow it a day or two before and we exceeded that number. Like the others have said make sure YOU are making the kind of money you want, cemeteries will wear out both equipment and employees.
     
  10. raish05

    raish05 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    they want every other week in them months also we bid it last year at 750 and they said we were over 200 more than the lowest bid
     

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