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$10 Per Acre!?!?!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rusty_keg_3, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. rusty_keg_3

    rusty_keg_3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,469

    Yes, $10 per acre, thats what my BOSS/brother bid on a few large accounts... One is 15 acres, one is like 8, and one is like 5...

    I told him he is nuts, luckily we didnt get the contract yet but we have the lowest bid, so theirs a good chance we will get it! I am not a happy person tight now... Worst part is that its not just mowing... Theirs trimming anf blowing too!!!

    Im wondering what you charge (roughly) per acre... So i can tell him... And ye i kno all markets are diffrent, but i still wnt some ideas please...
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  2. LawnEnforcement25

    LawnEnforcement25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    anywhere from $65-90 per acre depending on the amount of extra work i have to do. If its a residential acre with a driveways, walkway, trees, kids play area, etc... i would say about 80. I had 1.5 acres of land i was doing for $110 but upped it to $125 because it had 3 dwellings, a fence, and some edging and other trimming that needed to be done. i probably would not have gone any lower than about $50/acre on those bids.
  3. rusty_keg_3

    rusty_keg_3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,469

    I told him even for like $30 an acre we would still lose money... Its commercial... I wont say the names or locations, but they are a large store...
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  4. LawnEnforcement25

    LawnEnforcement25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    retract it and resubmit. tell them you made a mistake.
  5. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    Yup, that is indeed way low. Retract and resubmit the bid now or you will regret it later.

    If it is wide open and regularly mowed and has minimal trimming, I would be happy with $50 an acre.
  6. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    Even the Latinos are laughing at you.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,560

    Not being too familiar with commercial bids, how big a deal is this? I am sure you would not be the first guy to ever back out after winning a bid. I don't see how you would be obligated prior to signing of any contract. Give your brother a purple nurple for this too.
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  8. freshcut419

    freshcut419 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    How about I pay you guys to mow my lawns for $10 per acre then I just hang out at Put In Bay?
  9. freshcut419

    freshcut419 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    thats Funny
  10. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,836

    We are bidding in the mid teens per acre. We make it work, other crews make it work. You guys charging $40 + an acre are the lucky ones in lucky areas with good money flow. Heck I would let everything sit and mow one large place for that type of money all week and think gee I made good money this week for a only a few hours mow time.

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