Did I screw myself or not?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Poncho25, Jun 28, 2006.

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  1. Poncho25

    Poncho25 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Had a guy contact me for a one time cut, he lives in a VERY VERY nice area, houses go for around 800k. (MARKETING :) Door hangers) now this is about a 40 min trip each way for me, so its a bit of a hike, I told him being that its a one time job and how far it is, that I could not price him out on the work, but on the sqft of the lot, its about 8610 sqft, i am charging him 10 cents a sqft which came out to 87 bucks....he accpeted with no questions, did i under bid myself? * this is for a cut, trim, edge, hedges, flower bed areas & cleanup.

    thanks
     
  2. amtrucker22

    amtrucker22 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 69

    WOW... without seeing the property I would not have given a bid that included flower bed areas, cleanup, or hedging.... Just mowing edging and triming I might have give him a quote over the phone but it would be high especially for the drive. $800k house, the bid probably would not of been under $140 bucks. Plus you are talking about driving for 1 hour and 20 minutes pulling a trailer. You will probably burn at least $15 in gas. With all that said I remember when I first started I took a job that took me and 1 other person almost 2 days for $450. Ugghh I hated that job!
     
  3. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Seems he will burn more fuel than $15 buck's,seems cheap with a account it will kill most of a day.
     
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: Damn, that has to be a new low!


    I have .76 of an acre. It will be about a 800 mile drive for you each way, BUT I'll give you $110 for a cut, trim, edge, hedges, flower bed areas & cleanup :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    I addition to working on your bidding skills you also need to work on your math skills........10 cents per sqft has you stated for 8,610 sq ft is $861.00 NOT $86.00.......$86.00 woud be 0.01 cents per sq ft :dizzy:
     
  6. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its ABOUT $87 BUCKS you said... It's just an estimate take a good look at the property when you get there and make the customer is home when you go incase you need to bump it up. it might be a very easy job to don't forget.

    Edit: oh I would do it for $816 no promblem.
     
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    LOL I never even noticed that :laugh: :laugh:

    At the same rate, I don't 'do' squat without looking at the job first.
    No prices on the phone, no way, no how.
    No, not even a ballpark anymore: May I have your address?
     
  8. phototropic1

    phototropic1 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 118

    Well, MMLawn, hate to bust your chops, but............ you're wrong too!!!:)

    $86 would be if priced 0.01 DOLLARS per square foot. If you priced it at 0.01 CENTS per sq foot, as you suggested, you would only collect $8.63.

    A reminder to us all to read the fine print and make sure you understand what you are reading.
     
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    No, forum newbie, 0.01 cents is an accepted mathematical form of ONE PENNY, as $0.01 which is what you are trying to post.


    Course I am far from an expert in PENNIES cause I don't deal in them only dollars, so I will defer to your PENNY knowledge. :laugh: :laugh:
     
  10. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    LOL topsites is right never price on the phone people call me all the time and want a bid,never price a job on the phone .
     
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