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pricing for all services

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jarman06, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. jarman06

    jarman06 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    My brother and I have just started our own business in Orlando, and we have several commercial properties to bid on but I need alot of help knowing what is a competitve price. I need help pricing mowing, triming, hedging, mulching, spraying pesticide, fertlizer, herbicide, and anything else I have forgoten.
  2. Yard.Barber

    Yard.Barber LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    I would skip them if it was me. Why? I am not setup to do any commercial properties except really small ones. Later growing into this is something on my list but not jumping into the debt at this time.

    Also, if you have no clue about pricing for anything your going to get your a** kicked on the bidding process.. Stick with residentials for now and learn the ropes first.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Yeah,...just that easy....
    Simply get on a forum, ask for the prices, and we're in business!
    LOL...seriously, though...you need to do alot of reading..And I mean ALOT of reading on here, before any questions are really even asked. Use the search feature. Look up words like job costing, costs, etc. The main thing is,...is you have to know YOUR OWN costs... and base your prices around that. You can't go by what someone elses prices are,..because they may be able to do it cheaper, OR it may cost them more.
    As far as the pesticide applications (yes, herbicides ARE pesticides), forget it. It isn't going to happen with a start up company in Florida. Look up your state dept of agricultures website and research the qualifications and laws.
    On the other hand, you have found a site with a wealth of information, and you have lots of god things ahead of you to learn. Welcome, Good luck, and let the journey begin.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    I'm all about helping, but my advice would be to learn the ropes first. Also, there is really no way to give good advice on pricing when we have no info about the properties that you are trying to bid. I'm by no means trying to be rude, we would just need more info before we could really help you out.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Prices are so different around the country. You could have an account that you would charge $25 but I would price it at $35. Each area is so different, that there isn't uniform pricing for every type of lawn around the country. If your just starting, I wouldn't be going for commercials, especially ones that require spraying, since that is a bunch of qualifications that you need to meet in order to get your license. I would start with residentials or SMALL commercial, then once you have the hang of things, and are able to price things better, then you can go for the larger commercial accounts.

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,268

    Well first thing you need to do is figure out your Companies Labor Rate, I think most people stick around $60/Hour. Secondly you need to review the scope of work requirements for each property you need to bid on. If you've never bid anything before, my best suggestion would be to walk each property with your yellow tablet handy and estimate how long each task will take you to perform, and remember to include time for everything. For example you might estimate 20 min. of mowing each week, 15 min. edging, 15 min. weeding landscaping areas, and so on, and then total up your time and Multiply by your labor rate, then figure your monthly rate.
  7. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    READ READ READ, did I mention read. Also talk to maybe a fellow LCO there in your town.
  8. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I say you need to skip commercial accounts for now unless you are actually prepared with experience, equipment, and certification.

    You've got one post on here and you're just starting up. You're wanting to do fert, pest, and herb spraying. If you're just starting out, do you know how you are going to do that? Are you certified yet? Insured?

    You aren't going to get any commercial accounts without those for one.

    Two, we don't have any information on your commercial accounts, how big they are, etc, but you and your brother are only two people. Someone down there with an established company and the workers to get the job done faster is going to lowball you to death.

    Try dabbling in some residentials first, get everything squared away, then try for the big stuff.

    Just my two cents.
  9. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,416

    I asked that very same question a few years back and I can tell you if you have to ask the question than you arent prepared to handle the work. I dont know if you will listen but all of these guys are telling you the truth. The fastest way to make a poor name for yourself and go out of business, is to under bid a property or not having enough equipment or qualified employees to manage the project. In due time.
  10. jarman06

    jarman06 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    the commercial sites were biding on are not massive complexes. A property management company has hunderds of properties bunched together but none are bigger then 2 acres.

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