residential estimates

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by smitty2688, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. smitty2688

    smitty2688 LawnSite Member
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    I was just wondering if you guys bid residential yards by square ft or how do you do it. If so what are the price breaks. I am doing $30 min. this year.
     
  2. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    $30 a minute wow! lol do you mean $30/hour? i would try to get at least $40/hour.
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    LOL...I believe he meant a $30 minimum.

    How you price them, is knowing how much it is gong to cost you to do it - including both direct and indirect costs. Know how much you need to make on it to cover these and make whatever amount you are going to need to sustain, and you have your price. This is the "formula". Do NOT listen to the uneducated "dollar a minute" theories. There is no such thing...It is just a generic coverall and has nothing to do with true costs or the knowledge and ability to run a business.
     
  4. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    didn't think of that runner. good point.....
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    smitty - combo of both.
    You can estimate Sq Ft then then 'eye' the property to figure about how long it would take you to mow/trim/blow er down. Add in a certain percent safety factor (addl 10-15 minutes or some percentage of time). Once you have your time, then multiply by your hourly rate that you figure as per the income you want, the expenses you have, etc, etc.
     
  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think he meant $30 minimum....:hammerhead:
     
  7. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My prices are $25.00- $60.00. $25.00 being a 10 minute job on rediculously small property, $40.00 for 1/2 acre, and $60.00 for an acre and prices are adjusted in increments of $5.00 for lawns in between.
    More then an acre $15.00 every 1/2 acre if the lawn is fairly flat.
     
  8. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Posts: 976

    I try to make 60 an hour when I am cutting most of the time I'm on my lazar and that works out. With other mowers walk behinds on smaller jobs like 1/4 acre $25-40 a yard depending on trimming town homes I cut for $15-25
     
  9. McVey Landscaping

    McVey Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I look at how well they take care of the yard, how big it is, do they want it bagged, how much trimming, etc... Just how I do it, don't get crazy measuring square footage, it's just mowing, not rocket science.

    When you gain experiance, and go to bid on a yard, talk with them to see what they want done, how they want it you should be able to throw a $ number at them quickly.
     
  10. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,185

    i don't think there is a set formula that will work on every job.my.2
     

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