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Landscape bid question

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by homecutspro1, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. homecutspro1

    homecutspro1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I have been asked by one of my existing lawn customers to submit him an estimate on some bush trimming. However, I am wondering how to include in the estimate an articulating hedge trimmer (not only for this job but future ones as well). The cost of it is about $639 (It's the Stihl Kombi 90 power unit and the articulating hedge trimmer and the weed eater attachment (a special Stihl is running) . I mean how do I code it in an estimate-under materials? I was thinking about coding it under materials and then adding a separate labor line. suggestions appreciated.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,719

    I don't break it down seperate but do charge more if I have to use an extended reach trimmer. Its hard to justify buying one of those trimmers but when you get one it will be faster and safer than a ladder.
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  3. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 40,769

    Just add a rental fee? That or up your hourly rate to cover your costs as a business (so that you may buy these new tools to help save time).
  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,735

    Is this really happening?
  5. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 436

    In this situation where I want to purchase a new piece of equipement to do a job, i bid normally & basically don't make a profit due to purchase. If the profit is only 1/2 the price of purchase then it might not make me any money on second job either. If ur doing $300 trim job you can't charge client $939...to pay for new trimmer.
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  6. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    You can't charge a customer for a new piece of equipment! Just rent one and charge him for renting it.
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  7. that is a very good question, i will ponder it and get back with you later after i finish this six pack.
  8. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 436

    If i buy a new ZTR can I divide by 25 & charge my 25 clients 1/25th of purchase on their next bill? Nobody would finance a new mower if we could do this!
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  9. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 40,769

    Haha of course, gotta build the cost of things into your business. No way around it.
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  10. Well I have thought about it and i have added the cost of the equipment into a bid before, that we neede for that particular job.

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