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estimate tips

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BillyRgn, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    with fall coming up i was wondering if any body out there has any tips for giving estimates on blowing/ removal jobs.??
  2. Ray & Karen

    Ray & Karen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    Figure out how long it will take to accomplish the job, then add one hour, because I always seem to underestimate the time it takes to do something.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Funny thing, for some reason I always seem to overestimate leaf jobs. With mulch jobs, I have a tendency to go low. I always try to draw on past jobs, when I do an estimate for a new job, I mentally compare it with jobs I've done before of a similar scope. That seems to help a lot.
  4. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 132

    Charge per man hour so you never loose your shirt.
  5. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 911

    You poor guys on the east coast and all them nasty leaves. Leaf p/u is crappy work but I guess, in a sense, money really does grow on trees. We've got plenty of tree's out here but half of them are evergreens. As for how to charge for it, I agree with figuring out how long it will take and adding an hour. Plus, don't forget to calculate how much time and expense is involved in hauling, off-loading and disposing of the leaves once they are picked up. Don't just stop your time once you leave the property.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    ITs real easy, How much money do you want /need to do the job then add a little or alot more depending on how you feel that day.

  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    1. do you need to bag it, mulch, or blow it
    2. haul away or keep on property
    3. major one: how thick is the leaves

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