1 acre with 22"

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 24ON48OFF, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. 24ON48OFF

    24ON48OFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    got to do an estimate on an acre with about 25 oaks. Ill be doing it with a 22". If I get it, this will be my largest customer. I cannot do it as cheap as someone with a larger walk behind. What should I do. I want bigger and better equipment but I am only set up to do smaller lawns. I was thinking of $60 please give me your advise.
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Buy a bigger mower or look at smaller yards.
  3. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    That's not right, the yard is worth what it's worth. It's not the homeowner's fault you have a small mower. I mowed with a 21" last summer and I had to get it in my head that it was going to take me a while to do a couple of my yards.
  4. Classic Lawn

    Classic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I would get a bigger mower cuz around her we charge that or more to do and acer with a rider. i was in ur same situation last year had to do three acers and only had a 48'' i was nuts gat a rider cut the time down a bit but atill didnt make anything on it his price is going up this year i was giveing my work away cant do that this year.
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Unfortunately you have to charge as "if" you did have the right equipment though. If you charge more than the going rate just because you don't have the right equipment you will not get many accounts. You cannot charge nor should you expect the homeowner to pay more because you are going after a job you don't have the proper equipment for as I'm sure you understand. Charge whatever someone with say a 60" ZTR would for this property and fight through it until you have purchased the correct commercial equipment you need to do the jobs you seek. Good luck.
  6. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I advise you to bring 3gal of water, two tubes of sunblock, food, some clothes, hell.......you might as well bring a tent and set up camp .....cause ur gonna be there for a while. :D "Thats funny right there, I dont care who you are" -Larry the Cable Guy

    You may want to reconsider this job because I think you might be biting off more than you can chew. Think about the spring growth my man. Think about fall clean-up w/25 oaks, thats like 25,000 bags of leaf SH#T
  7. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 901

    I say charge $60 AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. If you don't need the account then when they say no its no loss to you. If you get it its gravy.
  8. 24ON48OFF

    24ON48OFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    That is what I was thinking. I might spend more time there but it will be paying the same as 2 accounts
  9. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Oh it will be gravy alright, thick chunky gravy with so much fat and cholesterol that he will either choke on it or die from a heart attack.

    Give him a price that will justify the amount of work you will be doing with that 22, and if he goes for it than put the money towards a walk behind and if not than dont sweat it. Thats like trying to put in a new driveway with a shovel and bags of quickrete when you need a Bobcat and a cement truck.
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I suggest you leave this one alone.

    If you take it on, I can pretty much guarantee you will drop it, or it will drop you.

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