Estimate

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Alex G, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Alex G

    Alex G LawnSite Member
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    This lady called me up and said she wanted an estimate for a job. i went over and it was a yard clean up. this yard looked as though it wasn't cleaned up in years. i figured it would take atleast 8 hours with 4 guys working. she doesnt want the yard blown and it all hand raked. this clean up is inculding the flower beds that are over grown! On top of that the back yard had deer prints that sunk in 2-3 inches. I figured $700 would be good for this job but when i told them she said thats out of the question and was thinking around 200-400 dollars. . The lady sounded as though she is going to be very critical on anything missed( as in every tiny stick) Should I even bother doing this house? Also all material that is collected can be dumped in the back woods behind her house .Any help would be greatly be nice. Thank you
     
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's 32 man hours ,for 200 bucks,pass and say thank you.
     
  3. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
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    No, tell her $700 is your bottom line and if she wants to call you back after she gets other quotes then you will still offer her your number.

    Michael
     
  4. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    She is at a third to a half of your price. You estimated what it would take you, stick to it.
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  5. crichardson

    crichardson LawnSite Member
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    crappy clientele. a tip on cleanups i have found is to use a tiller if it was a bed and lay down landscapers fabric and mulch on top. did that this weekend, went way better than the old way i was doing it.
     
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    32 hours Id be nice and do it for 1500 I can go broke sitting at home no need to be slaving away as I do it.
     
  7. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    Stick to your original price, and if she doesn't let up tell her to have a nice day. By the way, at $700 and 32 man hours, that comes out to about $20 an hour per man. Is it me or is that low?
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  8. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
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    I only pay my buddies $10-$15 an hour but I only use them for a couple jobs each season. $20 per man hour is a great price in this industry for the laborers.

    Michael
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    That may be, but what about insurance, gas, equip?
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  10. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    I understand that, and I pay my workers the same when I use them, however when I bid the job I usually swing more towards $35-40 per hour when I have multiple guys on site. That way it covers my equip and insurance expenses. When I'm solo it's more between $55-60. These are what my industry standards around me are. If I had a guy come in and charge a job that would take 32 man hours and charge $20 per I'd call it a low ball. Think about it. You pay your guys $10 per hour, and have 3 guys plus yourself. That translates to $240 just in wages. Then gas, insurance, and what your time is worth, has to be spread out with $560? For 8 hours worth of work? That just doesn't sound right. I'd say at minimum you should be charging $30 per hour when multiple workers are on site, but maybe I'm just crazy.
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