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How long to do this lot???

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ommegang, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. ommegang

    ommegang LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

  2. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    What's your cost per hour? My price and your price are likely going to be different on each and every job...

    You need to know your costs before you can bid anything...asking on here is just blind guesswork, because every company has different costs to do the exact same job...
     
  3. ommegang

    ommegang LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    Myself and my equipment. Just don't want to leave money on the table. Just looking for opinions for a one man operation bid in WI.
     
  4. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 759

  5. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 750

    Plan on 1.25 hours of mowing, and 1.5 hours for trimming and blowing. Charge accordingly.

    Another thing, Jehovah's Witnesses usually have parishioners that volunteer their professional services to maintain the properties. They are a very grateful, devoted lot and don't usually JUST donate money. They like to donate time; it's a way for them to show off to other members (or give back to the church, however you look at it). Just keep in mind that you might be bidding against someone donating their time.
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    I assume you have been out and walked the property? I would before ever giving a price for any work like this. There may be hidden obstacles near, or under all the trees that will take extra time, and what's with all the rutting in the lawn? Are those just tire marks, or deep ruts? If they're tire marks, whay are there so many all over the place, and do they do things like that there regularly, 'cause that for sure will add on time since you will have to negotiate all of them if they drive on that turf when wet and leave ruts like those look to be. Do you have to edge as well? Exactly where are the property lines at out front?
     
  7. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 750

    If you look at the map and click on "MAP" view instead of "Satellite" view, then it will show you property lines.

    This feature only works for municipalities that make their property info available to google, but this city does...
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    Yea,I appreciate the tip, and I knew that but it doesn't overlay it onto the sattelite picture, at least I can't get it to on this computer.

    The reason I mentioned this, is because I mow right next to a large condo complex, and the LCO crew that mow it doesn't like to mow a couple of places that are rough and hard on their equipment, and always try to leave it for me since it is so rough. I had to go talk to their boss a time or two. He was cool about it and very professional in his attitude, but his workers still try to pawn it off on me. It needs to be done every week, because it is right alongside the church that I mow there, and it looks bad when left uncut.

    I just feel it's best to get it straight with the property owner where you will and won't mow to or past, or where the line is to be more clear, so that they are expecting you to do something that the crew mowing next to you leaves.:)
     
  9. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 298

    I would estimate that as well. Trimming and blowing may be slightly high but definitely in the ball park.

    Don't forget to charge drive time or mileage (however you calculate your cost).

    Doug
     
  10. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 750

    Also, we need more info. Is there an irrigation system, how many zones, how many heads, where is the box, is it operational or will you have to fix it? do they want weed and feed, mulch anywhere?

    Give us a clearer picture of what scope of work we're looking at...
     

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