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(PICS) bush/shrub trim estimate?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mg10117, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    I was hoping to get some advise on this bush and shrub trimming job estimate. It is to include all trimable shrubs and bushes for the entire property...and to dispose of trimmings...I figured around $600.00 or 650.00?? is that too high?? I did a job about half the size the other day and got $350.00 for about 5 hours of work...what do you think? Here are some pics...:confused:

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  2. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    more pics???:confused:

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  3. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    more pics??

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  4. Bingham Brothers

    Bingham Brothers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I started bidding these types of jobs on an hourly basis, plus any removal fee. I found that it took stress off of me from bidding to low. I have been getting $50 an hour in my area. $35 an hour for weeding. When I get more experience I may switch.
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    You have the pain the nut factor there. There's a lot of stone area to clean up and if your not putting mulch down you have to do a real good job of cleaning up. Bid by the hour but also give them a ball park figure so they kind of know what it will be.
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    You can blow that stone out with a blower no problem. That job is an easy one. Wish you well on it.
  7. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    Why are the trees SO close to the building? They are going to outgrow their positions in just a couple of more years.
  8. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    thanks for info...very helpfull, but do you think my price of 600-650 is fair? too much? I'd rather not tell customer my hourly rate, done it in the past and have had the wow factor from them...plus i may use 2 of my part time helpers for this one...what do you think? thanks again!!!
  9. next12mj

    next12mj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    yeah i think it sounds about right...if they give you a weird look or somenthin just ask them what they were thinking....and split the difference

    also another thing is if you lay some tarps down it should be that difficult to clean up at all as long as you keep most of it on them
  10. 2006Silverado

    2006Silverado LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 117

    Ok, I'm ending up in the same boat. May have a few opportunities to bid similar jobs, but just not getting how to bid at all. Now hourly, do you just kind figure in your head how long you think it will take and give them that? Or tell them, they will be charged hourly? I always thought hourly w/the customer is a big no-no. Don't you want to avoid having to tell them your charging them $50-80/hr?

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