What is the best way to bid lawns?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pjslawncare, May 21, 2008.

  1. Pjslawncare

    Pjslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I always seem to bid low and it kills me. Was is a good way to estimate a yard? I mean don't get me wrong, I can bid smaller yards well but then again who can't. It seems that I have problems with the larger type yards
  2. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Posts: 1,671

    Easy! Just 2 steps.

    1. wet finger
    2. put it up in the air and catch the breeze.
  3. Pjslawncare

    Pjslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    what do you mean?
  4. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Posts: 1,671

    I mean that usually it's a crap shoot. People with big yards want you to charge the same rate you do for a 1/3 acre lot. If you ask me, the larger the lot the more you are wasting. I have a few that pay well, but most just don't understand that 3 acres should cost more than a 1/3 acre lot! They usually end up being the cheapest customers.

    I posted a link to a UGA site here a while back that would help you bid as long as you know Excel and have a profit and loss statement from last year. If you want the link let me know and I'll find it again.
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    I use $1.25 per thousand square feet as a starting point for yards that fall between 1 & 2 acres.
  6. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    I just look if I think I can do it in an hr its 60 $1 per min 30 min charge
  7. Pjslawncare

    Pjslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    Cool thanks guys, that helps!
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Try highballing...
    Lowballing is too easy, you give them what they want and that is all.

    But highballing you first have this price in mind and you want to say it but don't, Stop yourself!
    Do NOT say it yet, stand there looking stupid is fine.

    With this figure you have in your mind:
    Go up with that, by 5 bucks, maybe 10 on large lots.
    Now you have a new figure in your head.
    You might feel like you're going crazy the first time (or three), like your head might spin a little.
    But don't worry about that, it's normal.
    So now tell them, the new price.
    Blurt it out if you have to, faking calmness might help.
    See what happens.

    And: Don't be afraid, they won't bite you.


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