28 Acres...no clue where to start!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HPI_Savage25, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,091

    It's only after you get a few jobs under your belt and get burned on a few that you become older and wiser?

    It's not called getting burned, it's called having a learning experience at the school of hard knocks. It's the only way to truly learn what your overhead costs are starting out, and how to correctly bid a job. Everyone thinks nowadays they can just google a topic, join a forum, and magically have all the answers for success.
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  2. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    Just as a little update to this thread. I got a phone call today and I am going out to the property to look at it again tomorrow to show me exactly what they want done. I know this may be way over my head but I like a challenge. Providing I get the job, I will have about two weeks to get it completed.
  3. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    i say go for it...i remember my first big job...you don't have much overhead, i can already tell, if you buy that mower keep in mind other jobs, 60" is more versatile as far as residentials go, if you plan on doing a lot of really big jobs then sure, a 72" is the way to go...but realistically i think a 60 is your best bet...i didn't read the whole thread, but are they requiring insurance? most commercials require proof of insurance to save their ass if anything happens...i wouldn't do this contract for anything less than $1000 for sure, and i'm guessing it would be a lot higher than that once i put the numbers to it...
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Uhm well good luck then.
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I read through the first part, and the last part (middle part appears to be debating equipment). Maybe this recent thread was mentioned. If not, it is worth reading for the OP. Also read the associated thread of three years ago that is referenced.


    I think there are many similarities at the beginning of these projects.
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    ^^^^^ what he said.....
  7. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,397

    Well said Neil...

    NJDLLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Good work, I like the ambition - best of luck!
  9. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    Well guys I have secured the job. I will be starting it Monday. I will make sure to take plenty of pictures. This play will be getting a nice makeover for sure. This is my really slow time so I plan to be on the job site for the majority of all next week.

    Pictures and updates will will be made each day as we progress.
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  10. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    How do you plan on doing it? I would certainly break the property into 2, or maybe even 3. I would certainly love to mow that place. The amount of trimming will suck but the mowing will be great!

    What machine did you get?

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