i would like some help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by willietd2, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    I have a client who has 150,000 sq.ft. he wants aerated. now i charge $15.00 per 1000 and i ran the numbers on this and wow. my ? is how much of a price break would you do a lawn of this size for? thanks,willie
     
  2. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
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    $1000 bucks. what's wrong with that?
     
  3. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    that comes out to about 6.67 per 1000 . can you make money at that? im not being a smart ars im just asking
     
  4. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,440

    that would be a nice job for the $$, but highly doubt he'd go for that
    price.

    If your uncertain, maybe just tell him you will bill him hourly
    for the job. then make sure you have an adequate rate for aerating.

    i have all my pricing broken down for size, and i incorporate price
    breaks for every 20k sq ft.

    so for around 150k im at $5.95 per 1k

    g/l
     
  5. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    Well, is it wide open? Lots of corners and trees or beds?

    If it's wide open and easy, I can double core aerate it with a tow-behind aerator in a day. I wouldn't mind making $1000 for a single day at one stop.

    Up to you, charge him $2250 then.
     
  6. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    one good thing about it is that its wide open, so i will figure it with that in mind. thank you,willie
     
  7. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What are you aerating with? For a lot that size I would use a 5-6 foot 3-point aerator behind a tractor. $500-750 would be my guess w/o seeing the property but I don't think many people will pay this much for aeration.
     
  8. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
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    what kind of equipment do you have? thats just over 3 acres, not bad on a tractor, but walk behind would take some time. got a 4wheeler? or a friend with one? a tractor? rent a tow behind for a few bucks and take it. i have a kubota with a 8' hawn aerator and could do 3 flat acres in less then an hour. what i have done is find the price for renting per day, charge the customer the rental and how many hr you think it will take based on the width/speed/swath/travel time to and from the job/rental company.
     
  9. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    Willietd2
    I think at that big it come to a T&M job. Think on how long it will take you how much fuel it will take Make sure you make some money. and think about a pull behind . Thats the way i would do it
    My 2 cents Charles Cue
     
  10. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,202

    also, i'd take a look at my scedule, if this is your last job for the year, it sure would be nice to have an extra $1k in the bank before winter sets in?? wouldn't it?? not saying do it for free, but what the hell, $1k is $1 K.. this aint 'lion king' theres no pride on this rock when it comes to making money (at least after the s**tity summer we've had in central indiana.)
     

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