What Would Be Your Bid?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Hoosier Mower624, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Hoosier Mower624

    Hoosier Mower624 LawnSite Member
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    Have been asked to submit a bid for a 13 acre cemetery. No hills or deep ditches and all of it is filled with tombstones except about 2 acres of open areas. Wanting it mowed every 10 days.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    Dont do it man lol, I want to kill myself everytime i mow the graveyard we do. Can you show a google earth pic of the cemetary so i can see the size of the mowing.
  3. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    They are a pain in the a$$. How many headstones are there.
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  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    best guess would be to bid on how much time it will take and your hourly rate.

    personally I'd shy away from a cemetery. the look to be a pain in the @ss!!!
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    13 Acre cemetery, with a two man crew will take you a day or two done weekly. The other guys are right, make sure you know what you are getting into before bidding. We just got a phone call yesterday from one of the towns we used to mow saying there current contractor had gone out of business. During the last bidding cycle he was 60% cheaper than we were. If you can, look into what has been spent in the past to contractors for services. If the prices are no where near your rates it might be best to walk away. We do approximately 100 cemeteries ranging from 400 sq ft to 8 acres. They are a nice niche because no one wants to do them, just make sure you can make money. Once you sign that contract win lose or draw that cemetery is yours.
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Well good luck
    if you set up right you should be able mow it and trim it with 2 guys 6.5 hrs
    Around here I use get 150 per acre there to last was 100 per acre now people bidding 50-75 per acre to me not worth it its back breaking work if bid on it You want sure who is dealing with the flowers you can waste 2-3 hrs picking up flowers
    There lot wear on mowers on ZTR in a Cemetery you turn more times so will wear out hydro pumps faster
    If needing work then bid it to get it but if not lookin formore work bid to make money
  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    wow we got one guy who says 1 to 2 day with a 2 man crew and another that says 6.5 hours with a 2 man crew.

    either someone is lazy or someone is full of sheot......
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    We have one 8 acre cemetery we mow and a 5 acre cemetery. They both take between 5-7 hours. The 8 acre cemetery has to have clipping collected and removed. The five acre is collected but dumped on site. Then when we trim we have to move all of the fake flowers and other artifacts the other cememtery doesn't have. It all depends how long a property like this will take. How big of a deck can you fit between headstone rows, we can only fit 48" floating decks because of small dips in the turf. How many stones are there to trim? Fake flowers and other artifacts in the cemetery? There are a lot of factors that go into time taken to complete a job like this and every company is different.
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Well you think what ever you want thats you right

    I did one that was 20 acres with 2 man crew with 60'' mowers
    Was able mow it in 5 hrs and trim it in 5 hrs
    This was 90% standing stones and was 90% full
    We didnt bag or we didnt have to move flowers or pick them up

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