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what would yall charge

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MILS, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. MILS

    MILS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    I went to bid a job today, it is a 2 acre area with lots of flowerbeds and lawn decor. Lots of trimming and they want all clippings bagged and raked. And they want it done biweekly during the winter but weekly during spring, summer, and fall. They also wanted leaf cleanup, plants trimmed as needed and flower beds cleaned.

    I bid $1200 per month and they said i was the most expensive bid.
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  2. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many man hours per visit?
     
  3. MILS

    MILS LawnSite Member
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    I was estimating 6 man hours per visit
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  4. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    6 hours for 2 acres seems high.
     
  5. MILS

    MILS LawnSite Member
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    It sounds high until you see the property. There is a ton of trimming. Some areas are fenced with small gates that would have to be push mowed. 6 man hours per visit may be a little off, it may actually take more. 2 guys for 3 hours was my estimation and normally I estimate within thirty minutes on the large properties.
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  6. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would figure at least four. I side discharge only on larger yards and figure that it would take me at least three hours to do all the things listed. I think six is fair if he is bagging. I bag my own yard sometimes (it's small enough that I use a Toro 21in commercial) and it takes me about 1.5x as long to mow when I'm bagging as compared to mulching or side discharging.

    Mills
    So you pay your self $50 an hr? I would have bid $840.00 a month if they wanted the clippings left, more if they wanted them hauled to the dump. I pay my self $35 an hr to mow. If there is a lot of landscaping to take care of I would bid it based on being there 6 hours; as you did. While I don't think you're smoking crack at $50 an hr to mow, I would say that is definitely on the very upper end of fair, assuming that you do excellent work. I can see why you were the highest bid so far.
     
  7. MILS

    MILS LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the response. I do try to bid @ $50 an hour, that way i can pay my helper, myself and for the equipment.


    The home owners said someone bid $200 a month and thats who they would be going with. There is no money to make at that price. I feel like that company will mow ounce and never return.
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  8. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you sure that's not $200 per week? 4 hours X $50 = $200Â…$800 for 4 mows or $1000 for 5 mows depending on how many mowings you have in that particular monthÂ…some have 4 some have 5.

    If you are bidding $1200 per month, do you still charge the same price for the months when you have to mow 5 times instead of 4 times?

    Sounds to me like you might be bidding $300 per week and the other guy is bidding $200 per week.
     
  9. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe the other guy is estimating 5 hour @ $40 an hour for $200 a week.
     
  10. MILS

    MILS LawnSite Member
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    The $200 a week sounds more logical but the homeowner said month.

    And yes, i bid $1200 per month. Some months would be more mowing others(winter) would be fewer.
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