Help on a bid!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by W&Wlawncare, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
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    I hope that these pictures show but anyhow, Im bidding the house in the middle with the circle driveway. It seemed a lot bigger in person than on google maps. The football field is there for reference of how big the yard is. The yard is gently sloped in the front (to the left of the driveway) and the side yard is steep in places, not level by any means (I wouldn't attempt to use anything besides a walk behind). The driveway is gravel so trimming only, no edging.

    Can you guys give me a ballpark.. this isn't normally a type of yard I mow (size wise) but i thought i'd give it a shot because it's my uncles place.

    Oh! and any other info I may have left out, please let me know and i'll be happy to provide you with it.. I have a ballpark in my mind and I also know what the previous guys cut it for.. I just want to see if I'm really that out of my mind with the price I gave him
    Thank you!!!

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  2. LawnGuy35

    LawnGuy35 LawnSite Member
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    A big yard like that, with slopes, several trees and a lot of trimming? I'd say $18 per mow ... $19 if you carry insurance ... $20 if you carry insurance AND pay taxes.

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  3. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
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    oh haha by that sarcasm do you mean that this something that I cant really have help on with some pictures from the internet?
     
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    You're a lowballer. I would be closer to $40. That's insured and paying taxes. LOL

    Pictures are worth a thousand words with no chance of justice. Doesn't matter if you post a 100 pics of the place, it is what it is. Eventually you'll find someone that will be close to what you think and it will make you feel better. Just go with your gut and remember he's your uncle.
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  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That looks like a really nice account to have. Did you measure the sq ft? And how many feet of trimming? Bagging or not?
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  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
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    Orange Mower thanks for the advice, I totally understand what your saying, but I'm so frustrated with myself for "mis-bidding" this one so I'm just trying to make myself feel better. I think my uncle may be a little of a cheap skate. As GMLC said, this would have been a great property to have. THe house was on HGTV on the show "What's my house worth?" or something like that. And to top it off it overlooks the Ohio River, it's a pretty cool view.
    GMLC, it is approximately 27,375 square feet. I'd say 30 mins trimming. Also he does not want it bagged. I have about a 15 min travel time and I anticipated rising fuel costs. Approximately 9,375 sq ft is hill side mowing
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thats a lot of trimming! Keep in mind I do not know your market at all or your costs but here in NH I would charge $98.00 per week. The 30 min of trimming is what really brings up the price. What did you estimate?
     
  9. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Id say $120 per week. Trimming 1/2 hour :dizzy: Ive got a lawn that takes me 45min with no trimming= $110. Id mow it first and trim it and if its your uncle than tell him the cost after your done. It might take you longer than you thought.
     
  10. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
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    I told him $125 a week. And he had somebody cutting it at 50$ a week!!!
    And yes I know about the trimming but everything is so far apart I'll spend 20/30 mins just walking from obstacle to obstacle.
    Thanks for all your help guys
     

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