Estimate/Measurement system

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tiedeman, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I want to hear from you guys what type of estimating or measurement system you use for pricing lawn care. I have been using a square foot system. I charge 0.003 per square foot, so basically $3.00 per 1,000 sq. ft. I was just curious at what everybody else uses?
     
  2. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
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    that is a good ballpark range depending on obstacles etc.
     
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your pricing is simple and not to far off, but:

    Would you do a 3,000 sq ft lawn for $9? NO! Plus, you'll be high on the larger sites.

    SO:

    $20 minimum plus $1.50/sq ft works better.
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    sorry, forgot to mention that our minimum is $20 for a lawn, my mistake.
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    $1.50 a square foot? How can you cover costs with that? You would only make $22.50 for a 15,000 square foot lawn. Unless I am not understanding you correctly in your measurement system.
     
  6. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
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    1.50/sq. above & beyond what?
     
  7. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I go to a property I use $4 per square foot as a starting point. Then I adjust for line trimming, blowing etc. Alot depends on the neighborhood also. The high end you can usually get a little more because they excpect more. That's why I use the $4 as a starting point. Nothing less than $30 here though.
     
  8. viper2921

    viper2921 LawnSite Member
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    what do you use to measure the sf?
     
  9. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
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    measuring wheel
     
  10. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    If you cannot read, you should not post.

    $20 stop fee PLUS
    $1.50 per 1000 square feet of turf.

    SO:
    15,000 = $20 (stop fee) PLUS $22.50 = $ 42.50.
     

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