how do you quote trimming bushes

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by walkermt26, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. walkermt26

    walkermt26 LawnSite Member
    from Mass.
    Posts: 14

    just landed my first bush trimming job......driveway alone is 1/4 mile how do you quote trimming bushes and hedges ? is there a formula you use? please help:confused:
     
  2. Kutz Lawns

    Kutz Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    Easy....by the hour!
     
  3. walkermt26

    walkermt26 LawnSite Member
    from Mass.
    Posts: 14

    what is the normal rate per hour? 40-75 dollars ? i don't want to under charge but i don't want to over charge either
     
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    REmember the clippings, they have to be raked up and disposed of
     
  5. jnrogers

    jnrogers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 219

    Small bushes $10 each, Medium size $15 dollars each, larger bushes $20 each. If this is too high then good I hate doing bushes anyway.
     
  6. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 721

    I try to get at least $40.00 per hour. Sometimes it comes to a little less or more.

    I estimate how long the job will take and give the customer a flat rate. For example if I think it will take 2 hours and I want $40.00 per hour, I quote the customer $80.00. Some people will growl if you say $40.00 or $50.00 per hour. They don't know how long the job will take, so they may not growl as loud with a flat price.

    It takes a few jobs to figure how long a job will take approximately.

    Like said above, figure how long it will take to clean the mess up and dispose of it.

    You may want to charge extra for shubs that are as tall as a tree. They can be a pain and hard to struggle with. Shrubs with stickers are a pain too.
     
  7. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    I charge 60 per hour. Tell them you think it will take 2 hrs, and if it does then it will be 120. Also explain it may take longer.
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  8. As others have said, what you want to make per hour times how long you think it will take. Just some advice, if you think it will take 2 hrs, estimate for 2.5. It is very easy to underbid trimming. Be careful to note how overgrown the hedges are. Some that don't get trimmed for a while become harder to trim. Good luck buddy.
     
  9. balreadysaid

    balreadysaid LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 427

    wow 1300 ft bush! lol i do a bush that is 325ft and i charge about 200 to do it 350 if she doesnt have it cut for a while! takes 3 hrs at most.
     
  10. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    My formula is as follows:
    ground to waste high $8
    waste to head $16
    after this the price will go up quick due to having to use a ladder which I do not reccomend. Some insurance policys do not allow this for obvious reasons.

    PLS
     

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