Estimates for lawn care

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigwayne3000, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. bigwayne3000

    bigwayne3000 LawnSite Member
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    How do you all come up w/ the estimates for mowing lawns, trimming, edging, leaf blowing/removal etc? Any help anyone can provide is greatly appreciated.

    AIM BigWayne3000
     
  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I always include trimming, edging, and cleanup (blowing) in my lawn estimate. The best way to estimate is to find out how long it will take you to do a lawn, and have an hourly rate at which you are making a good profit(but don't tell the customer). Read on Lawnsite, and find out what other guys in your area are charging so that you don't end up lowballing. You might even offer to mow for free the first time, just to get a feel for how long it will take you.

    Estimating is something that does get easier with time, though. After a few years, it won't be a big deal to you at all.
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  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    You look to see what kind of car they drive.
     
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not always. . . It's better not to judge appearances. . . I've worked for some really rich people who had a crummy lawn/were tightwads. I've also worked for middle-income families who were willing to pay whatever amount to make their lawn look good.
     
  5. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
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    I think it was a joke
     
  6. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I didn't see a smiley. . . It's hard to tell with all the sarcasm going around.
     
  7. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
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  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is the single most difficult Question facing all LCO's.

    When starting out, you MUST figure out your Price, That is Not what you charge, But what it cost you to do a job.

    If I servcie 8 homes all next door to each other my overhead is smaller that if I have to drive a total of 25 to 30 miles doing the same 8 homes.

    If a person who has No Insurance cuts lawns, he can do it cheeper than I can.

    There are a ton of verables involved, in determaining how much profett margin there is in any Job.

    Sit down with pen and paper figure out how much it would cost you.

    then figure up your profet margin and you will Quickly be not only a pro.

    But you will have learned how to bid, and have the advantage over most co's in the markett

    Good Luck
     
  9. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You drive by the property at 10 mph and take the amount of time it took to get from one end to the other and multiply it by the number of lawns you already mow and there you have it...

    No seriously, at first, just figure how much time you think it will take you and how much you want to make an hour for your work. You have no overhead, so there's no need to confuse yourself.
     
  10. Sundancekid74

    Sundancekid74 LawnSite Member
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    I would look in the local phone book at my competitors, call each, and ask what it would cost to mow a one acre lot. I'd take that average price less five per mow per yard and try to acquire as many new clients (including my competitions clients). I would assume my per acre amount would apply to clients with 3 or more acres and would charge more for half to three-quarter acre residential accts. Example: I charge $45 an acre for home owner association contracts of 3 or more acres. I charge roughly $40.00 to $45.00 to mow a three quarter acre lot in a residential subdivision. Consider your bang for the buck: small residential vs. large yards. Good luck.
     

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