Need Help W/ Estimate

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by kdurkee, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. kdurkee

    kdurkee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Putting in an est. for a builder in my area.
    In one subdivision they have at least 35 specs and models.
    I already have 10 accounts in subd. already.
    They want them fully maintained including beds kept clean,
    trees and bushes trimmed, mulch kept fresh and Sprinklers Systems
    running smoothly.
    Now once I get this job it opens me up to their other 5 subdiv.
    in tampa, fl, 45 minutes from me. But they get much better money
    down there, so its worth the drive for me.
    Now my area we only get 15 to 20 bucks a cut for a standerd size lot.
    Thats just the compitition and we make enough!
    Where as in tampa its more like 45 to 65 a cut!

    Now since I am dealing w/ bulk here, which could Quadruple if I play my cards
    right, I'm thinking 80-100 a month for each property.
    THEY JUST FIRED THE OTHER COMPANY FROM TAMPA FOR CHARGING 65 A
    CUT. JUST THE CUT.
    WHAT DO YOU GUYS SUGGEST?
     
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    don't put yourself out of business. is your work quality? are you cutting it yourself? will you make money if you hire someone else to cut the lawn? if so put the price point were you will make money and good luck.
     
  3. stumpslawncare

    stumpslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    I agree with Patriot, don't price yourself out of business. Are you sure they fired the other LCO for 65.00 a cut , is there a contract they will let you look at, or is this contractor just saying that to get a lower price from you? Remember you have to cover your cost, set down and figure what your cost will be for these services and then figure what you want to make, It all sounds great to start with getting an addition with the possibility of more, but you have to set down and crunch some numbers to see if you are making or loosing money. JMO
     

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