Square Foot

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Imager, Oct 23, 2004.

1. ImagerLawnSite Memberfrom Fresno CaliforniaPosts: 23

Anybody have a formula for estimating by the square foot?

2. GarPALawnSite Silver Memberfrom PAPosts: 2,585

for which service?? mowing? fert? mulch? or other?

3. walker-talkerLawnSite Platinum Memberfrom MidwestPosts: 4,771

What he said!!! For mowing...I dont. For about everything else...yes, I do have formulas. For mowing large properties...like apartments, I will measure the sq footage and use that part as the equation, but I don't use sq footage alone for coming up with an estimate for mowing. I know what the sq footage (or roughly) I can mow, in open areas....so I can sometimes use that.

4. ImagerLawnSite Memberfrom Fresno CaliforniaPosts: 23

For mowing and flowerbeds.

5. rodfatherLawnSite Fanaticfrom Clinton, NJPosts: 9,501

It's called multiplication...width times (x) length.

6. HOOLIELawnSite Gold Memberfrom Northern VirginiaPosts: 3,981

One cubic yard of mulch covers 100 square feet to a depth of 3". I think that's right. If it wasn't so late I'd do the math.

For mowing, no formula. That's too simplistic. The amount of trimming will play a much larger role in your total time than the amount of turf to cut. One way to look at it is, how much trimming is there RELATIVE to the amount of turf. A 3k foot lawn should be quick, but not if there's 50 trees to trim around each week.

For fert, a simple square footage price usually works out fine.

7. walker-talkerLawnSite Platinum Memberfrom MidwestPosts: 4,771

The same will go for edging....especially those corner lots.

8. Randy JLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Richmond, KYPosts: 1,124

I built an Excell worksheet for estimating based on square footage. I added a difficulty multipler for obstacles such as trees, flower beds, hills, etc. to mow around. I think my multiplier was something like 1, 1.1,1.2,1.3 for under 10,000sf; and then .7,.8,.9,1 for over 10,000. I don't have the formula in front of me, but it was something like that. Trimming was figured seperately based on liner footage.

9. jajwrighLawnSite Bronze MemberMale, from Martinsville, INPosts: 1,405

Thats what I was thinking too!!

10. Carolina CutsLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom NC and SC Myrtle Beach / B&R New JerseyPosts: 1,152

I'm thinkin' he might have meant... \$\$\$ per square ft. ( .25 cents sqf, .35 cents sqf...etc) Not sure if he meant for mowing though. I have a book that apparently wants to keep everyone in the industry (legit) ... a basic formula.. well, not even, but it recommends this...

1000 sq.ft = Mow \$29.00 Fert. \$18.00
1500 sq.ft = Mow \$30.00 Fert. \$18.00
2000 sq.ft = Mow \$31.00 Fert. \$19.00
. blah blah blah
. blah blah blah
. blah blah blah
22,000 sq.ft = Mow \$64.00 Fert. \$51.00

does this sound pretty accurate??? Or does everyone pretty much say... "Yeaaa.... this lawn will take me an hour... gimme' \$30.00"???