Church/cemetery bid

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GreenAcresLC, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. GreenAcresLC

    GreenAcresLC LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 84

    I have been asked to submit a bid on a small baptist church near my home town. I say near, b/c its about 18 miles away. Here are the figures, and I could use a little help on pricing, I am new. About 26,000 SF (lil over 1/2 acre) open ground, no obstacles, to be mowed weekly. About 120,000 SF (2-3/4 acre) of cemetery, lots of headstones, to be mowed bi-weekly.

    From what I'm guessing, about $75 a week should get the open ground, and about $350 every other for the cemetery. I first thought a lot higher, and may have been right, that's why I ask here. I hate to under bid it and screw myself, but hate to over bid and lose out on the $1000 a month all together.

    And NO spraying around headstones, must be trimmed. I'm kinda thinking about 2 hours of trimming, so I may add an extra 80-100 on top of the other charges to cover that. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. BCNU

    BCNU LawnSite Member
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    $75.00 seems a little steep for an 1/2 acre of open ground. The $350. seems good. If you are set on the $75.00 on the open area then you should charge $50.00 for the open area and add the other $25.00 to the cemetary part which then would be $375.00. or better yet just give them your monthy price of $1000.00. Good luck, hope you get the job!!
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    man I don't know about mowing a cemetery, I'd be afraid I'd cut someones fingers off or something. ;)
  4. GreenAcresLC

    GreenAcresLC LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 84

    I needed that laugh GregH! I'd say most of 'em are long gone, most of the stones read in the 1800's to early 1900's. Well, there are actually 2 cemeteries across the road from each other. All the newer ones are separate from the older...Segregation?
  5. M&MLawn

    M&MLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    We have 4 cemeteries and this is how we tend to bid them:

    $60 per clear acre
    $100 per cemetery acre (Headstones and such)

    Now since you are only doing the 1/2 acre once a week and the other biweekly it would look more like this for us.

    $45 per week for the 1/2 acre (this would depend on trimming and such)
    $275 bi weekly for the 2.75 cemetery acres

    This would put us at $550 a month for the cemetery section and then $180 a month for the 1/2 acre.

    Good luck on the bid.
  6. GreenAcresLC

    GreenAcresLC LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 84

    I've been out of town for the past few days, but thanks for the responses! M&M, that is exactly what I was looking for, I thought my figures were a little too high, but needed that kind of answer to reassure myself.
  7. M&MLawn

    M&MLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    Glad to have helped :)
  8. mowing grass 1111

    mowing grass 1111 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i mow an old cemetery it dates back to the late 1890's its 3.5 acres i charge around $520 per cut. $100 per acre seems low to me

    RECESSION PROOF MOWING LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 376

    As one with extensive church mowing experience, no cemetaries...I know one thing: Church budgets are tight. You're gut instinct to not overbid is correct. I take it that you only get one chance at "nailing it", is that correct? Mowing 1/2 acre open spaces really doesn't take a lot of time or expense. I know we are in business here but overbidding is risky business. You'll get advice from all angles, every opinion having merit. But ask yourself...Do you feel lucky...well, do ya? Talk to church property guys and get a feel for what they can afford. I do that. It works for me. A grand for a small church is pricey, those budgets are hurting right about now. Go to the church and just tell them that you want to work within their budget but need an idea, a ballpark number the members can afford. Figure in gasoline to and from the site, with trailer. That's a good little haul with gas going to $4/gallon this summer. I talk more with church board members about their specific jobs more than any other group connected to a bid, with the possible exception of government contracts. Churches will pay what they can afford. If what they can afford matches what you'll get up out of bed've got a deal.
  10. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I may have to re-think my bid for next spring with some of these numbers. Right now my 8 acres (according to my mapping software) goes for 54 bucks an acre. I have the bid now but feel like it runs me into the ground for the time it takes. I do get paid monthly for 12 months which makes it nice in the winter. Mowing is from April 15 till Oct. 15.
    I do also have to level new graves and seed them as well. I believe i need to up the anty alittle.

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