Need some qoute help from the PRO's

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mowNblow, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. mowNblow

    mowNblow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Hi Lawnsite.com, ive lurked for a WHILE and so finally i registered, i need some soundly advice from the pro's on this bid. its 2 large parking lots with 2 overgrown strips about 6-8 feet wide and about 100-150 ft long. In the front of the account there are 2 very steep hills bordered in and filled with monkey grass, also on the right lot is a very overgrown area the will be a pain, as will the inclines, so here is my equipment and what i am guesstimating:
    1- Toro proline 36 inch walkbehind belt drive
    1- Honda harmony 21 inch
    1- STIHL BR-420 magnum
    1- ECHO PAS-260 edger/trimmer attachment
    im guesstimating 200-250ish for the initial first clean up becuase of the steep inclines, size of property and amount overgrown and 125ish for Bi-weekly maintenance i will include some pics and u tell me what u would do. also offer me some advice on the monkey grass incline. i will probably mow it back with the 21 inch on its highest setting, but they say they might want to do something else in the future with that area, Thanks Guys for the help

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  2. mowNblow

    mowNblow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    more pics up close of the inclines

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  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    I'd say your prices are about right but watch out it looks like there is some brush growing there in the front too.

    Did you measure out the actual turf area? Just curious what it came to.

    I'd add a haul/dump fee on top of the 250 for the first cut unless you're already figuring that in your price. You'll have to rake up a lot of crap when you're done.
     
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Might want to bid it higher, at least for the initial clean-up. You will hate those slopes more and more each time you service the account. So you might want to go a little higher on the bi-weekly bid too. Are you doing parking lot sweep too? If so, definitely charge more.
    It appears to be one of "those" accounts that no other lco wants to touch. Charge accordingly.
     
  5. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    You know, after looking at the pics more, especially the 5th one and the huge mess that curb has become, I think you're low on the inital cut and clean-up for sure.
     
  6. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,286

    Going to be there a while with a stick edger, shovel and wheelbarrow to get those curbs into shape. My bid would be considerably higher. at least 30 to 40% higher. But maybe im just koo koo.
     
  7. mowNblow

    mowNblow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    how would u tackle the monkey grass inclines mow w/ 21 inch on the highest setting? also how would u go about killing the bamboo like stuff starting to grow large in pic 5? i should mention to, that the person who ask me for the qoute is a bi-weekly customer of mine at their home so i want to be fair/ still make some $ also, i will have a helper to pay as well. thanks guys for any input u can give me, this site rocks
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    This is a good example of the kind of thing I charge extra for, thou it's not a crap lot because at least it does consist of mostly grass (it ain't funny, wait until you get the dirt lots), but it's still neglected and needs a lot of work and attention to make it look halfway decent.

    To edge it or string trim it, then to get rid of those curbed weeds and make it look right, I can't see the whole picture but let me warn you curbs are a PITA! Even more so when your only access to the grass areas is via the curbs :laugh:

    That's a big area, look at how small the guy looks in the 2nd-to-last picture, that put it in perspective for me.

    At least 3-400 the first cut, maybe more because of what I can't see is around back, but like 200+ for the cut and another 1-200 for cleaning up (raking, that is) and hauling away the resulting piles of clippings (and I mean piles). I'd want to tarp the clippings so I can dump them in the trailer, likely at least 1/4 trailer load.
    The loading and hauling wouldn't be so bad, except that's heavy stuff.

    I ain't getting into weed control because I'm not sure it's going that far anyhow, not bidding on no contract either.
    But to make it look right, I'm not talking class-A turf overnight but just real clean, yeah, 3-400 for the first time (and maybe more if there's a surprise) would be my bid.
     
  9. martinfan06

    martinfan06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    Great post this is how to ask for bid help and glad you did. Intal clean-up 400 then i might say 250 for bi weekly depends on how much you want it. Has potential to be a decesnt account looks to be a good spot. Good luck
    thats 250 a month on the bi weekly so I agree on 125 a cut.
     
  10. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    I also think tis has great potential for you,could be a nice account. I think $400-$500 for the 1st clean-up is fare.Hard to tell honestly without walking it. $125-150 for bi-weekly service. I cant see why any LCO would turn this down. Also make sure theres no bottles and such in that thick stuff before you mow.GOOD LUCK.
     

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