Spring Clean up Rates SD.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hunterslawn, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. hunterslawn

    hunterslawn LawnSite Member
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    1st year doing commercial accounts and the bidding for different co. can be difficult. Up until now I have usually bid on the job's but only cause they've been smaller residential. I now have bid sheets that are asking for spring/fall clean up cost per hour and landscape maintenance hourly rates(I assume this means shrub trimming?) Is there a good average rate that seems to be the norm for this area for these services? I am a one man crew w/ a 1 ton dump truck,stihl magnum leaf blowers and trimmers, Exmark 52" ztr if that helps.
    I have also been bidding lawn mowing for the commercial @ About $2.00 sq ft- sound close? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    $2.00 a square foot sounds a bit high :rolleyes: 1,000 square feet would bring you $2,000. I wish I could get that for lawn mowing.
     
  3. hunterslawn

    hunterslawn LawnSite Member
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    sorry! I should have said $2.00 per 1k sq ft. Is that more like it?
     
  4. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you would do a 10K lawn for $20?
     
  5. Gruneich Lawn Care Inc.

    Gruneich Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from SD
    Posts: 295

    2.00 p 1k your way to low, we get about 4.50 per 1k. This is assuming your working around the Sioux Falls area, not sure about other area's. For hourly work we bill out at 65.00 per hour. For shrubs we usually just charge $5.00 per small shrub and work our price up from there.
     
  6. hunterslawn

    hunterslawn LawnSite Member
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    No I would not do a 10k lawn for $20. this is lower than our min. stop charge. The $2.00 per 1k sq ft I am considering for an amount for commercial. This seems to be where my competition is at. Are you using $4.50 in both commercial & res. or just res.?
    Is 65.00 an hr a competitive rate for commercial bidsfor fall clean up? The reason I'm asking is the bids I am doing are asking for hourly rate and estimated time so I just can't say $300 for fall clean up or $5.00 per shrub. CAN YOU HELP?
     
  7. Gruneich Lawn Care Inc.

    Gruneich Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from SD
    Posts: 295

    you need to turn on your PM's.

    Thanks
     

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