Estimating Commercial VS Residential

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn_Enforcement, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    I have a property with some estimating issues?

    First off what do you guys charge for a spquare foot or acre?
    i have bid for a property with 6.15 acres of grass, which is also 296,569 square foot?

    What is your take and does anyone charbe by the sq foot and if so what is the rate? 2 cents, 3 cents or more?

    also same propert what do you charge for 4 chemical/ferts?
    mulch areas are 28,579 sq ft is that truly 178.62 yards of mulch how much to charge for yard of mulch, and what is the rate for snow removal?

    Thanks alot
     
  2. jay_b_demented

    jay_b_demented LawnSite Member
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    most people charge by the hour not the foot. $50 to $75 a hour seems to be the what people charge in my area.

    the same with mulch charge by the hour plus the cost of the mulch.

    I'm not sure but I think a yard of mulch = 300 sq feet.
     
  3. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your better off charging by the job (how long you think it will take times your hourly rate) than by size. Hills and all kinds of obsticles can make a huge difference in how long two properties take of equal size.
     
  4. Nate@TLCS

    Nate@TLCS LawnSite Member
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    $100.00 per acre on the applications will keep you competitive with the big boys, and you will still make money.(about $50 on granular apps/$75 on liquid apps)

    Anywhere from $30 to $60 per acre mowing (how easy?/how much time?)
    I mow one 3 acre property, takes 1 hour (w/o trimming) $30 per acre +-
    I also mow a 1 acre property, takes 1 hour (w/ trimming) $65
    so it varies.
     
  5. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    i do charge by hour and by obstacles but just was curious does anyone charge by sq ft thanks for everyones input i also need to know first year in chemical apps which is better liquid or hranular and how often i know its four times a year usually but is it liquid once and granular 3 or what thanks ?
     
  6. Gator Lawn

    Gator Lawn LawnSite Member
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    6.15 acre = 267894 ft²
     
  7. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    it was a typo its actually 267984
     
  8. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
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    296,569 square foot of turf - - -Totally depends on obstacles and turns and other factors, especialyl what size mower do you have??????

    mulch areas are 28,579 sq ft is that truly 178.62 yards of mulch - - -It would be 178 yards of mulch if you were putting it out at 2 inches. Standard hardwood can range from $45-$100 (depending on who you ask) per yard bought, delivered and installed, but how are you going to install the mulch? For that much and I assume a lot of little different areas you better have a loader to move stuff around.
     
  9. Gator Lawn

    Gator Lawn LawnSite Member
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    No,

    6.15 acre = 267894 ft²
     
  10. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Gatorlawn are you here to help or to criticize?
    How mych to charge for Chemical apps, liquid or granular, and how much per flat of flowers
     

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