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Square footage question!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GSO LAWNEN4CER, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    For those of us in more rural areas all of those would be small lawns.
     
  2. wz2p7j

    wz2p7j LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    For us a small lawn is about 10 acres and a large lawn is about 70-125 acres, but it's kinda what we specialize in.

    Chris
     
  3. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    Goodness, a small yard = 10 acres? So how do you make a living a that? Large crew, or self op? It seems you would have to charge a huge amount for that. In my case, I'm like the taxi driver, the $ are in "moving and scooting". Having several yards in close proximity and trying to do 2-3 yards an hour.
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I believe that defies the definition of "lawn"
     
  5. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Member
    from GSO NC
    Posts: 83

    Its that the whole reason for starting a business?
     
  6. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Member
    from GSO NC
    Posts: 83

    I kno right! You can eyeball some stuff,but if your not pricing by the sq/ft then your leaving money on the table.If you know what your mower can do in productivity.Your losing money if not pricing by the sq/ft.
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    So you would go around with a magic wheel and measure 17 acres to get the exact Sq. footage? 1/2 acre or less this might work, anything larger than that and you're wasting time getting exact dimensions IMHO.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Still better be within 10% or else your cost could kill you or your bids will be so far off the mark you never get the work.
     
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    We are usually on par with other companies bidding properties. I have seen guys with a wheel marking off parking lots for plowing. I understand they are trying to dial in on the size of the property but how much time is spent trying to get exact measurements? Before I send in a survey crew to measure properties I'll take my chances with the systems we have in place.
     
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    You made it sound like you pulled numbers out of your hat. Now you have a system. Frankly, I do not own wheel either...
     

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