First Estimate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Davis Lawn Mowing LLC., Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    I think it went pretty well. I got a nice template from Microsoft for estimates and invoices that seem to look very professional. The homeowner was not home but it seems like an easy job. I emailed the estimate back to her like she wanted if she was not home and now the waiting period begins. It looks like a 20 minute job and I went with $25 and $30/hr for the spring cleanup. I hope I get a customer that is not a blood relative! lol
     
  2. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So. . .you're going to do 20 min. worth of work for $8.30?? If that is correct, I think you are working pretty cheap.
     
  3. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    Its a dinky lawn. $25 for 20 minutes seems ok to me.
     
  4. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    Its basically $75 per hour. If I had 2 other lawns like that, it would be $75 per hour I just made.
     
  5. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like a good price to me.

    Steve
     
  6. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    I mean, the lawn is less than a 1/4 acre. I go by the 1/4 acre scale starting at $25. 1/4 and less is $25, $30 for 1/2 and up to $40 per acre. Seems like a good price to me. Pretty standard for this area of Michigan, especially in my county.
     
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Davislawnmowing - do not let the east coast and west coast guys influence you - they keep talking about this $60+ per acre, and you and I realize two things.
    1. People in the midwest will not pay that kind of money
    2. Our cost of living does not require that kind of money
    3. If we bid the big boys prices, one thing is for certain - We will not have to invest in lawn mowers, because we will land no bids.
     
  8. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    Good points Flex-Deck. $60 an hour seems insane to me. $30 is fine for us Midwest guys. How's the weather out Iowa way? No snow here in my part of Michigan and was 55 today, supposed to be like that the rest of the week with rain off and on all week. Spring is coming I think, hopefully. I hope to get out and do some cutting in mid-April if these hold up right.
     
  9. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Davis, two more jobs would land you at $75 per hour, one thing i under estimated was drive time and dead time in between. With my costs i need to average about $30 per hour to pay bills and everything else goes back into the business. I am just a little south of you, and when i start giving prices of $35 or higher people will hire the kid down the street. my average price per lawn is $25 so it sounds good to me.
     
  10. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
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    Yeah Trevor, this is my first year and of course was my first estimate. Most of the city lawns here are more than likely in the $25-35 range, more so on the $25 side I do think. I will find some 30-35 a time yards now and then and of course the country lots which will bring in $40+ as most are at least an acre. Most of our subdivisions are out of the city and have bigger lots and they make the most money, hell, my parents are these people. There lawn is a $30 lawn, if they were not my parents it would be a $35 dollar lawn no question about it. I figure as long as I average $25 a lawn, which I will at worst since I wont go lower than $25, I am making $10 more an hour than I ever did. My Bachelor of Business Administration degree is completely worthless. I spent 2 years looking for a job after I graduated and I still just cut grass on the side.
     

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