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Need Advise from the Pro's

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by E.G.G., Jul 17, 2008.

  1. E.G.G.

    E.G.G. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I have been searching through the forum looking for a clear and consistent way to calculate estimates but not clear on the norm.
    I would like to hear some examples from you fine folks on how you calculate your estimates.
    Thanks for any input.
  2. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    I thought I was decent at estimating until this one account.It was only 5 minutes from home and very small.Gated back yard with inground pool.Yard almost seemed to small for my 61" ferris.Well I told her $40/cut.Trimming ended up being a nightmare.Had a dry ditch in front by road.Well anyway I thought I could mow most of the ditch with the push mower.Did not look close enough.Could not get within 5' of ditch because of valleys in yard--very minute but there.Had to weed trim it all.What should have been 25 minute job turned into 70 minute.Told her then would have to get $55 and she said it was to much so I told her to get someone else.
  3. E.G.G.

    E.G.G. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Opps! Live and learn.

    So you get around $1.50 a minute. Is that how you are figuring your estimates?
  4. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    it all depends on geography. i hear of guys on here making $120/hr w/ them and a helper. $1.50 is pretty good, just figure the time it will take and bid according to time, not size. slopes cost extra, excessive trimming is extra, etc. i like to put at least 50/hr in my pocket but if my market paid more i wouldnt complain. i aint trying to get rich, i just want to enjoy life and provide for a family one day.
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    I keep my time around 120.00 an hour,

    NOW that's considering that there are 2 ZTR's and 2 men working, however If it's anything over 10 to 15 minute drive it's more,

    This is just what I keep in mind while bidding, also there is the difficulty level, and weedeating issue...

    Hope this helps
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    ^^^^^i wish i could get that here!
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    In a previous post i thought you said $145 - $170 hr. What i think is that there are way too many people in here that just pretend. $60 an hour is a good rate to shoot for Solo. Too many dreamers in here.
  8. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    yes I seen his same post.But now his tune changes to $60/hr which is more realistic.I am only a part-timer and I tell customers my rate is $45/hr and really do not get any flack.Most of the time I get it if not a little bit more.Sometimes I overlook something and it may be down to $35/hr.
  9. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    I guess rule of thumb is $60/hr. I have myself and two 16 year olds that work with me --- my son and one of his friends.I pay my son $15/hr and his friend $12/hr.They are dependable and hard working.When they work with me combined I bill them out for $40/hr.Being a part-timer I have a lot of give and take.One poor old woman needed a hilly area weeded off.Only took us 45 minutes to do_Only charged her for the mulch,I knew she did not have much money and no family.Did not have the heart to charge more.Her smile meant more when the job was done.I am sure I will be in her prayers.
  10. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    $15 bucks an hour? I'm gonna come work for you! LOL:cool2:

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