need help with this estimate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Feb 1, 2001.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    hi all, gave an estimate today on a full service contract, and really need your opinions on what u would charge. the setting is upper middle class residential smack in the middle of my service area. thought i gave a better than fair price but the guy flipped when he heard it, he insists he wants me cus hes a referel and heard i do a nice job, but can i come down on the price. here it is: 28 cuts, weedwacking around pool, ans along both sides of fence surrounding the whole property, i am solo, and with a 36, whole deal takes me about 35 min, also bag and dispose clippings. one trim job, takes about and hour and a half, spring cleanup and disposal, takes about an hour, and not much disposal, fert program, about 3500 sq. ft. 2 preemergence, 2 weed control, 5 fert apps, one grub and one lime. fall cleanup, take about 2 hrs, and fill my 8 ft bed after being ground up, oh yea, and also edge walkways every other visit. id love to hear what u guys would charge for the season, and maybe print it and show him, thanks a million, bob
  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    yes kirby, i did post it twice, didnt think the first one went through, thanks
  3. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Where is your location ?

    It would help if you updated your profile.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Depending on where you are located and what type of grass involved, edging every other week my not be doing you any favors. Easier to maintain if you stay on top of the edging.

    Is the entire lawn 3500 sq ft?

    What is the size of the entire lawn?

    Will it take 1.5 hrs everytime you trim or just spring cleanup?

    How many trees (make a difference on leaf job $$)?

    Cost of disposal?

  5. JVS

    JVS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    Hold the fort! One question is why come DOWN in price are you going to do less work for less $$$ or the same job for less money. Need more info
  6. Greenman2ooo

    Greenman2ooo Banned
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    Maybe try pricing just the mowing and tell him it will save him money if he requests the other services as needed, or at your prompting when you see they need to be done. I'dfigure the mowing price slightly higher in case this guy decides he doesn't want any "add ons." That way, it is still worth your while.

    The guy will likely find that more satisfactory (because of the psychological value of that lower price) and you will be able to get paid for what work you do rather than doing more for less.

    If his lawn looks to have been neglected, my suggestion is probably worthless and you'd be best to find another customer if his lawn looks bad in an upscale neighborhood<b> and</b> he is unwilling to pay for you to keep it up to the standards of the neighborhood.

    I'm not sure about your location, but where I am at we mow from April 1 - October 31. We have about 28 weeks possible to mow. Irrigated accounts are figured at 28 cuts. Non irrigated are figured anywhere from 22-28 depending on customer requirements and a couple of personal factors. (How badly do I want the account, my perception of direct competition for the bid,etc.)

    However, I always give a monthly price based on at least 7 months of service. Once you get the knack for monthly pricing, you will never want your whole client base to go back to per cut pricing, I'll guarantee you. I do some per cut, some seven mont and some yearly. This seaon I am using three year contracts for most of my work.

    Never let it be said I am a man of few words! I hope I said something you find valuable. :D
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i am located in central nj. i am not saying i will come down on my price, just want some input. as far as the edging of walkways, i have found this is best to do every other week, every week causes browning of the edge. the front yard is a strait cut, and the back has some obsticals(small island, swimming pool, deck). the trimming of bushes will be once a season at about an hour and a half with about 5 or 6 large barrels of disposal, the spring cleanup about the same, and i told u the rest. the lawn is not in completly horrible shape, just discolored with alot of weeds.the fert will be about 3000-3500sq ft. i know its hard to estimate without looking, but based on this would u guys please give me a few estimates. the reason i ask is cus he showed me his contract with his last guy(who he said he was very unhappy with) and i thought the price was very low. thanks
  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    WHAT WAS THE LAST PRICE??????????????
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Mowing: $88 monthly/$616 season
    Shearing: $110
    Spring Clean-Up: $125
    Fert./WC/IC (5 apps): $147.50
    G-C: $40
    Lime: $30
    Fall Clean-Up: $187.50
  10. double e

    double e LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    One thing that makes me feel good is when a person wants something done cheaper, I get tell them I can't come down and if they change their mind give me a call. 20% call back.

    It makes me feel good I didn't lower my price for someone.
    I want to make what I am worth- which is reasonable.

    when I first started I did lower my prices, but needed the work. Now that I am busy, I'm not going to do a yard for nothing.(And hate pulling up to it every week to cut it)

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