What would you bid?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GreenDragonLandscapes, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. GreenDragonLandscapes

    GreenDragonLandscapes LawnSite Member
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    Hi all,
    I would like to hear what you would bid on the following.
    Weekly mowing (mow, trim, blow) for 15 rental houses (same owner), all in the same block. 1/8 Acre yards, flat, no obstacles. I don't know yet if they are all adjacent or not, but all in the same block (drive once, do all properties, save on fuel, windshield time etc.) Properties are about 15-20 min drive from my home base.
    If there are any assumptions I forgot, let me know and I'll post them.
    Thanks for the help,
    ET
     
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
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    assuming no crazy amount of weedeating, etc., i'd probably be around $450.00 assuming i could use the z. if they have gated back yards that i had to push mow, price would increase. you should easily be able to do them in a day solo.

    if i was hurting for work, maybe $375, but no lower.
     
  3. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    What would you charge for 1 of them -- I would be very close to 15 times that.
     
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    ???

    depending on the amount of trimming, etc, i'm thinking LOW end $25.00 each, high end $40.00 each. we're only talking about 1/8 acre lots. you'd be @ $6750.00 if i read your post correctly? *newusflag* get some!!! mooresville must have a way higher per-capita income than here!
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    You mis read my post-- I asked what Green would charge for one lot (lets say 35) and that he should still be close to 15 times that (or $525) figure in the close proximity of the lots you may cut back a little but no more than 5% so maybe around $495 - Thats just an example--

    Now if I could work at $6750 for those jobs I would be retired already!!:)
     
  6. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
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    oh, sorry. *trucewhiteflag*
     
  7. GreenDragonLandscapes

    GreenDragonLandscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    That's what I thought. $35 each x 15 = $525 and as PMLAWN said, give the guy a 5% discount due to the proximity of the houses. I still have to go see them to see if I need to adjust the price. I'm also going to try to upsell Fert, dethatch, aerate, mulch and cleanups. Then roll everything into a yearly package (contract).
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks for the replies,
    ET
     
  8. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    best of luck to ya!!
     
  9. martinfan06

    martinfan06 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a really good plan just remember no numbers over the phone until you see the places.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    That has to be the best advice I've heard, you definitely want to walk all around those lots and check it all out... Make sure, for example, there isn't a garbage collection in the back of some, stuff like that, just look out for pita factor and bs.

    Anyway, I'd add them all into ONE big lot, 1/8 acre x 15 = 2 acres but some more maneuvering and xtra-xtra-xtra weedeating, so... hmmm... Make it $10 to weedeat each, so 10 x 15 = 150 +
    Cost of 2 acre lot cut + trim @ $60 / acre = $120

    And like I learned this year if it's on a contract, these figures need to be doubled, so $530.00
    If it's not on a written contract, I'd do it for 300 / cut in a NY minute (AFTER you go look lol).
    Yeah, 15 x 20 is sweet so long it ain't in writing or another way to say it is, there is NO association.
    Of course, the renters might complain... You know what? 600.00
     

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