Need help for estimate like yesterday!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by A1lawncaredfw, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. A1lawncaredfw

    A1lawncaredfw LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys,

    I mostly do residential 21" 6K - 10K lots and charge 30-40 per job basicly avg I guess. Any way to cut to the chase. I have an estimate for a 40 unit sub division these are duplexes so 80 all in all avg lot per unit is 10K, 10,000 ft of edge & figure twice as much to weed eat. Question is what to charge.
    I know I can go as low as $40 per duplex/unit without thinking but it still seems a lil high to me being this is all one street. What would be a good price to charge for the customer without cutting my throat. based on a 3 man crew. Can 3 guys get it done in 1 day? what you think?

    Thanx for the help!

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  2. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
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    might be time to invest in a ztr mower?...that would cut down the time it takes by more than half...how long does it take for you to cut a 10k yard with a 21"?
     
  3. A1lawncaredfw

    A1lawncaredfw LawnSite Member
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    anywhere from 15 - 20 minutes this includes the time from opening tailgate till it's closed 3 man crew, sorry for the misunderstanding I mean 10k lot including building/home. These are 10K per lot 1 duplex in otherwords 5K per unit.
     
  4. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
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    15 minutes to do 10k of turf with a 21"? Are you sprinting?:confused:
    If you are right than I wasted thousands of dollors on zero turns. I have on lot that is a 10K and I spend 9-12 minutes on every week with a 52" Z
     
  5. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ignore the dumbass that posted above me, he does not read the entire post before he post
     
  6. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
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    So if you want to be competitive take 15 minutes by 3 man crew = 45 man minutes per lot and multiply that by 40 lots thats 1800 man minutes converted to hours is 30 man hours, now multiply 30 man hours by your hourly rate. So if your rate was $10 per man hour then you would charge $300.
     
  7. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
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    if each yard takes 15-20 min i would charge $30 per yard
     
  8. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol...that is wrong dude....you wouldn't make any profit that way....that's just enough to pay his workers lol

    i would charge $30 a yard so $30x40=$1200 total
     
  9. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    At $30 you may not get the job. Here's why I think that. I just bid a job 182 homes in a sub-division and I bid them at $20 a yard and had 3 other companies bid it at $12.50, $14.00, and $15.00. Now I thought I was at the low end but apprentaly not. Now 2 of them are "fly-by-night" companies and the $15 is a smaller company but a good one. Now after talking with the board and president I may get the job because I was the only that break down the job on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis as to what we had planned for the property. I also offer weekly reports and 24 hour emergency service. Also the other guys bid the trees at $85 a tree and I bid them at $40 each. Also they asked to bid rock for all homes and the two fly-by-nights said they were not able to do a job that size and the other good company bid it at 2,000 tons at $80 a ton. I had it at 1092 tons at $80 a ton with a payment plan with interest broken up in 4 month payments. Gotta get creative to make people feel comfortable. I think if you wanna be competitive you need to be around $20-$25, nature of todays beast.
     
  10. A1lawncaredfw

    A1lawncaredfw LawnSite Member
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    Thanx for the good, the bad & the ugly advice.

    I came up with $1100 - $1200 if my brain if properly attached.
    I figure I'll run a 5-6 man crew. 3 guys on 21", 1 guy on the edger & 1 on the trimmer. Oh BTW for you smart guys yes that is 3 guys on one 21" ;)
    Can you picture that? LOL thanx again guys! One day i'll move up to a 36", one day. Speaking of that whats a good used 36" walk behind scag or exmark run?

    I want one that I can hook up that lil 2 wheel trailer dolly thingy to that you stand up on.
     

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