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5 acre price estimation

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Infinite, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I put a flyer up at a grocery store that alot of older people go to last week. So far, I received two calls: 1st call- a .75 acre yard that needs bagged every week. I got it and am pleased with the price. 2nd call- a guy called and asked me to throw him a figure for 5 acres that is open and no trimming and no bagging. I told him off the top of my head 120 but might be lower might be higher. He told me he doesn't have the property yet but he will see what happens this spring. Do you think I gave him a fair price? I live in a rural part of Ohio so an acre that is flat with some obstacles goes around 35-40 dollars.
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    1) What would it cost you to mow 5 acres?

    2) How long will it take you to mow 5 acres?

    Answer these and you can answer your own question on whether or not it is a fair price. If it costs you 50 bucks to cut it (drive their/back, equipment wear/tear, equipment fuel, etc.) and 3.5 hours labor and your labor rate it 30/hr then 120 would be too low.
  3. dvmcmrhp52

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

    Uh, didn't you just answer your own question?

    35/ acre= $175
    40/ acre= $200

    What do you think?
  4. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I didn't know if the more acres you got that the price decreased a little like buying in bulk, the price goes down.
  5. joedaddy

    joedaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I dont know what kind of mower you got, but i know my 50" Dixie Chopper could mow 5 acres of open ground in about 2hrs. Remember you are just starting and you need all the business you can get. Quality work will get u the big bucks in the long run, but you have to get the work first.Dont lose jobs by getting greedy.
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I definately disagree with that.
  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    So your saying he should cut his throat to get the business ;) ;) ;)
  8. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I have a 48 inch bobcat walk behind and work solo. Joedaddy are you saying u think 120 is too much?
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    What's the sense of loosing money to gain an account? Am I missing something here?
  10. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    send me a full financial disclosure of your business...........your overhead.....maybe some profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and tax returns........then i may be able to help you out with what you need to charge....

    excuse me while i cut and paste this response to 100 more threads

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