1/2 acre property quote ????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SCAPEASAURUSREX, Apr 22, 2002.


    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    I just went to go give an estimate on a 1/2 acre property. ? I'm not sure what to tell them ?? Never bid on anything that big before.. I figure it will take between one hour and an hour and a half to do by myself ? I had heard that an acre is $100 for just cutting, So I figured like $50.oo But someone else said that it may be more like $75ish ??? any feedback from you new jerseyers would be appreciated, dont' want to scub out on this one, I want to make sure I am in line. Thanks ...
  2. RV_Landscaping

    RV_Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    1/2 acre? Hmmm, what size mower you using? I'm assuming bigger than 21" (?) But maybe not....
    I have a couple full acre lawns (including tree etc. 'bout 1/3-1/2 acre of grass)---even with my 22" i can do it under an hour... Anyway, with bigger mower its less...But, its not more than $40 for me...Then again its Ohio....I would think you can proly get away with charging more out there(?) Dunno....But it depends on the mower size and how much grass v. woods v. edging etc.

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    by half acre prop , I mean total , incl. all beds, house, pool, driveway etc,,, I figured an hour to an hour and a half to cut trim , edge and blow.... One man... using 42" and 48" machines... ???

    Thanks RV_ Thats a starting point, I guess I'm not too far off, But how do you do a half acre of grass with a 22" in under an hour ?? Thats insane ?? 22" rocket ship maybe ?? LOL..... The average prop by me is like 5K to 75oo sq ft ( all inclusive ) and I spend approx half hour to 45 min per prop not incl. drive time.... maybe I need to start drinking coffee... lots of it ? LOL.. Thanks again....
  4. RV_Landscaping

    RV_Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    uhh, yeah, well...by the time i do trimming and blowing off driveway, cleaning up etc. add another 15 minutes or so.... yeah, well... i generally work from the base cut and then extras...beds etc. I'd say your $50 is a good number...but, i really don't know...depends on neighborhood....extra trimming and all that stuff....so, i dunno...but for 1/2 acre i'm generally starting somewhere around $35...sometimes $40...and add for extra time etc.
  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    I'm in north jersey in the high rent area;). A 1/2 acre (100x200) take me 1/2 hour to mow, trim, blow the walks and driveway. I get $35. I could get $40, which is the rate in my area, but I figure clearing $60 with loading is good enough. Also, some of those that are charging $40 take almost 45 minutes to do what I do in 30.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That's about the going rate here, too. I don't fall into that "what are you cutting with" thing. That makes no difference. If the philosophy of that is, the longer it takes you, the more you should charge, then I have a nice Lazer I'm willing to sell, or maybe trade even up for a nice pushmower. Because with this principle, I can get more pay per account with a pushmower.
  7. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I agree with Runner. You can not charge more then the next guy just because it takes you longer. Shoot Runner, forget the push mower, I would be out there cutting lawns with hand clippers :D

  8. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I also agree with times and prices.

    Runner, forget the push mower, I would be out there cutting lawns with hand clippers

    I actually saw this the other day. I was driving through a subd. to get to a job, and noticed two middle aged wemon. One of them was using a hand hedge sheers and trying to cut the high grass, while the other was raking up the cuttings.:eek:
    I stopped and asked if they would be interested in a bid for lawn cutting and one of them smiles and says that they don`t like mowers, and this is the way they do it . OK, sounds good to me have a good day....... The front was at least 6-7 inches and the back was about a foot tall in spots. I guess they hadn`t made it to the back yet. I wish I had my camera with me for a shot of that.:D
  9. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    I would get minimum 55.00 to cut a half an acre... but more towards 65-70 ish.
  10. RV_Landscaping

    RV_Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Right...But you do have to take time into consideration before bidding on any job.... I was just using the push mower as an example... I want to get every job done as quick as possible because then i get more for the minimum fee....and i can do more jobs....But if I know a job will take me 2 hours, i'm not gonna charge the guy for 1hour worth of work....ya know? :) Time isn't the only consideration...but it certainly is one (for me, at least).

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