Crazy bid

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Dave does lawns, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    I have a mowing customer with a garden area that is bordered with railroad ties. It is 36 feet X 15 feet. 12 ties in total, want the ties gone and the garden leveled and seeded.

    I figured rototiller the existing garden to loosen the soil and then roll it level. Then seed.

    I gave the guy a steal of a deal that i am too ashamed to post on here and he wanted me to do it for $300.

    What is it worth?
     
  2. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,537

    How long's it gonna take you?

    Do you own the required equipment?

    How much to dispose of the railroad ties?
     
  3. wrtenterprises

    wrtenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Just removing the ties and disposal fees here @PSU would be more than half of your estimate. Sounds like you under bid to me. Unless you own all the equipment, can dispose waste for free, and have no employee costs, this one is an experience builder....
     
  4. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 651

    At least $300.00.......
     
  5. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    I figured cost like this:

    Dump fee $100min
    4 hours labour $260
    Grass seed $30
    Rental of Rototil $60

    $450

    I offered to do it for $400.

    He said i can have the job if i do it for under $300.

    I said i would do it for $400, and am still waiting for him to get back to me.
     
  6. mad87man

    mad87man LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 127

    I had a guy like that once. He wanted a price on bushes to be cut and i was like ok i'll come over. I go give him the estimate he goes well that's high the going rate for work is 10$ an hr it should take you what? 2 or 3 hrs? How about about 75$ or some crazy number. I told him i couldn't do that price and left. Get what you want for the job and don't settle for less. Maybe come down a little but not to much b/c then people say well if your taking 150$ less you over charged me from the start.
     
  7. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852



    $400 is more than fair. Tell him you'll do it for $300 provided the guy becomes "your helper" for this job, then have him do the hardest work-pulling out the crossties, loading them in the trailer, taking em to the landfill...He'll wish he'd pay you the $400!
     
  8. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 624

    $65 hr is a little steep. You're not even running any of your own equipment... I could easily do that job for $300.
     
  9. ChevHayes

    ChevHayes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    I too agree. Why not lower your labor rate and do it in your "free time". I would much rather make $40 an hour than be sitting at home making 0. Just my 2 cents, i'm sure i will get flamed and people will say " the labor rate is fixed,not going to make money,etc. etc. But you won't be make anything sitting at home.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,708

    I love guys like that. They think they can hire you like an employee. I know it's hard to turn down work. But whats the point of lowballing and killing yourself. :usflag:
     

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