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Using mapping software (google earth) to give estimates?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by walker-talker, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Anybody ever try using google earth or similar software for figuring square footage for estimates? We have a local county website that allows you to pull up properties and outline them to get square footage. I wouldn't suggest it for mowing, but it might work for other services like aerate and chem apps since those services are pretty much based off square footage alone. It might be useful for wide area mowing.

    I don't think I would give an estimate over the phone with this information, but it might be useful to get a general idea of what you are working with.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Not a bad idea
     
  3. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 861

    Ya, It works pretty well. You have to upgrade though to google earth pro
     
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    What does that cost?
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  5. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's like 300-400'bucks.. Cheaper than going with other software but still kinda expensive
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  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Yeah...I just checked it out.....$399....a little high. I used my county software, which is much slower moving from property to property, but when I used the measure tool on properties that I have already measured with the wheel, I came very close. All were within 500 sq feet. Had one within 10 sq ft and another within 30 sq ft. Good enough for me...and it's free.
     
  7. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmm, I wonder if there is a site for my county like that.. I have used measureanythingfromspace.com but it kinda frustrates me.
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  8. Ted at HindSite

    Ted at HindSite Inactive
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  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    http://www.findlotsize.com/

    Is a free site that I have used. It might not be as actuate as some of the pay sites, But it is close enough for me.

    I recently used it on a very broken up Common Ground Bid. I already Knew the area so it was only measuring that I wanted help with. I measured Wide and came in a half an acre over the HOA blue prints of the 25 acres.
     

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