5 acre price estimation

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

  1. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. AEW

    AEW LawnSite Member
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    Dude do not change your price. Do not lower it man. The only time I will lower my overall price is when its over 10 acres...maybe...And then I dont lower it very much. 300 is a little high around here...but it should definately be over 200
  3. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I'm thinking 300 is way to high here especially for me being a beginner, but I'm also thinking 120 is a little low. With costs and expenses and me making 20 an hr labor I'm thinking around 150-160 would be a fair enough price.
  4. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That was funny, the first time I read it. :waving:
  5. Sharper Edge

    Sharper Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I'm losing money on every job so I make up for it with volume....
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you are losing money on EVERY job, how the heck are you making up for it in volume? Makes NO, NONE, NADA, ZIPPO, ZERO sense to me.

    Please explain yourself...I'd love to hear the explanation on this one.
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    It's called sarcasm! :)
  8. Kubotaman

    Kubotaman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    you need to know how often this cust will let you cut the 5ac.
    If he only cuts every two weeks you need to charge more.
    I mow around 800ac a month, but with a batwing and charge
    $30.00 to $35.00 per acre with a min of $350.00.
    with you using a 48 inch walkbehind you will put alot of where
    & tear on your equipment doing large mows for little money.

    just my 2 cents

    but you have to start somewhere.
  9. drmiller100

    drmiller100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    someone called me on a mostly empty mobile home park. 5 acres total.

    i bid it at 185 a cut. turns out it took me right at 5 hours to begin, down to 4 once i got a rhythm. did a good job, made folks really happy, had a schedule. ended up with the snow removal for the park. didnt' snow much this year. oh well.

    found out the previous guy was getting 750 a cut. but he only got it once before they started shopping it......
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    185/4 hours is ~47/hr...take out your costs...are you really making that much on this job?

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