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measuring for quotes

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by cutntrim, Mar 3, 2000.

  1. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Do you guys use a wheel measurer to accurately measure each individual property you are quoting on? We don't do this for each residential property, instead we know the measurements of our current residential customers and when looking at a potential new lawn we figure it in the same ballpark size-wise as an existing lawn on our list. We don't feel this is too hard to do for lawns less than 10,000 sq.ft. However, a lot of guys have their prices figured to the exact square foot measurement, how do the rest of you quote?<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>
  2. JasonPC

    JasonPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    We use a measuring wheel. It's more professional than using your feet or eyeballing a property. We charge a $25 stop fee + $6/1,000 sq ft.<p>JPC
  3. steven Bousquet

    steven Bousquet LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    we measure and count everything. we have wheels in all 12 trucks.we count every tree and shrub,height,diameter. we soil test each lawn,note thatch,turf type, soil type etc.when using pesticides we have to have correct measurments for calabrations. we found acouple of thousand feet here and there can make a big difference in production and pesticide use.
  4. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Your right. We've wheel measured all of our lawns to provide us with more accurate material costs.<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>
  5. crew

    crew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    jpc- $6 per sq' seems high compared to other numbers ive seen. I am working on certification now and am beginning to gather info on bidding.Is the $6 figure fairly standard in your market? Does that seem high to anyone else out there?
  6. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    We measure everything, but we're no overly precise. I mean if we're within 1,000 sq. ft. on a residential, I feel that's close enough.<p>As far as the $25 + $6, that's about double what most guys get around here.<p>Trugreen only charges about $2.50/M here.
  7. dylan

    dylan Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 273

    Just wanted to make sure I am reading this right. The $25 stop fee and $6/1000 sq ft is charged when doing a quote?<br>Dylan<br>
  8. JasonPC

    JasonPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    It's not charged when doing a quote. If a customer has 5000 square feet, then we charge ($25 + $6*5)*5 steps = $275. I think the cost is high too. However, I'm being raped on my supplies. My supply cost for the $275 is $130. Therefore, we're only making $145 profit. Doesn't the supply cost sound high as hell??<p>Nicole and Jason
  9. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    $26 per year per 1,000 square feet?!<p>What in the world are you applying?<p>Obviously you include pure organic fertilizer, weed control, crabgrass control, surface feeding insect control, grub control and fungicide. <p>But even all those would only total $16-20/M/yr.<p>What else is in the program?
  10. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    Depends on if your in business to make money or not. Do you provide the same quality of service as TG or better? $61.00/app for 6000 sq's sounds about right. That price is only "hard to get" if you offer a sub quality service. TG is prob getting more than that but that's what you hear from people who are looking for you to "bargain" your services. How is your service better than the other guy? Do you use the same person on someones lawn all year or a different one EVERY time? Do you "bug" your clients every week with new services? Focus on what you do better and not negatives. You will find you can charge what ever you want if you provide the right kind of service.

    Remember, a low rate is still to much to pay if you don't get what you want....

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