Online Lawn Dimensions - Google Earth??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jays Green Daze Landscape, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Jays Green Daze Landscape

    Jays Green Daze Landscape LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering how companies get the lawn dimensions to give a price quote. I know that Tru-Green and Chemlawn both will get your address and put you on hold for a few minutes and then give you an accurate price based on lot size. One guy at Chemlawn stated they use Google Earth but how do you get the lot size from that. Also, for a typical lawn cut, how much do you charge per square foot once you have the dimensions in Michigan. This will save tons of time by not having to go to the job and wheel it out for an estimate. I can give a rough estimate and if interested then I will go to the actual site and give them an estimate in writing after seeing the job. Thanks
     
  2. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    the problem with these aerial photos is that most if none of them show elevation changes. Having a minimum price will weed out the tire kickers from the serious customers.
     
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Around me I can't ever get a clear image on google earth. I could understand using google earth to measure the square footage of lots for fertilizing to figure out materials and what not, but you will never be able to give a good quote based on the aerial images. Like Corey said, they don't show elevation, so a property may be completely different than what it looked like on the photo.
     
  4. Southernlandscape343

    Southernlandscape343 LawnSite Member
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    now they have Google Street view. They drive around this high tech van and take pictures of the front of houses, buisnesses and so on. Its pretty cool. You could get a general idea of the lay out but only for the front yard.
     
  5. Jays Green Daze Landscape

    Jays Green Daze Landscape LawnSite Member
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    Is there any others sites, free or subscription, that will give you the lot dimensions and the land layout?
     
  6. JohnnyCuts

    JohnnyCuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
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    Between the county assessors site and google earth I think you could give a pretty good estimate via phone or email. Of course you'd need to visit the property to verify the estimate eventually.
     
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    even the county assessors site here won't work. Sometimes they give you the sqaure footage of the lot..sometimes they just give you a generic "land unit"
     
  8. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I need to see the property. There is nothing like seeing the actual property to give an accurate estimate. You need to account for hills, trees, beds, and edging. Also, what if they have made changes to their yard since the last aerial shot was taken?
     
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats a good point. The county map that I access for FD use, is pretty out dated (only about 3 years). Because now there are new buildings in places that had nothing, so on the current maps it shows a bunch of trees where the new Wal-mart was built.
     

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