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6 acres sure looked mighty large

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by burns60, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I don't usually ask for advice on pricing because I tend to think "to each his own" and if you are satisfied with what you are making, well what does it matter what someone else thinks you should be charging.

    Well, I'm gonna crawfish on that thinking a little and ask for help. By the way, I didn't get the job so this is only to satisfy my curiousity as to what some of you may have bid.

    6 acres, open, smooth ground, less than 15 trees to contend with, one time mow with maybe a possibility of future mows only trimming the inside perimeter next to the house, and not very much edging. This describes the property as well as I can recall. Twenty miles out and about 8 miles from my present furthest account.

    I bid $250, and am sorta feeling like a "shot myself in the foot." Give my some of your feelings on my bid. Did I blow it or does it sound like I just didn't want to mow that much grass, am I way out of line, or do you think I was right? I guess I'm feeling like I bid too high, not just because I didn't get it, but that is too much for that yard. He wanted a bid on the spot, when I would normally think on one this large. So maybe this is where I went wrong. I don't know, just give me some input.
  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    what type of mower are you running how long will it take you?
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Hmmm... Ok, if I look at a property that big before I've had a chance to doublecheck myself (meaning I like to look it up and get the county data on it)... Like yourself, I prefer to take my time with big bids and the fact that he wanted the bid on the spot, I don't care for it when someone pressures me, especially on a lot that size, I would not have been so sure if it's really 6 acres or 8 or 10 or 12!!! Because it's so hard to gauge by eye and sorry but I don't trust the customer's input 100% (not just yours, anyone's)...

    Also my price might be a bit high because I would be using a Wb to do it, thou I try to keep it competitive and I know I won't be raking in no $60 pmh, it's still nice to have a good size lot that takes me 5-6 hours and I might only earn $45'ish pmh but it's worth it to me.

    That having been said, my price for 6 acres is 235 in virginia, but again you got to give me my time or I'm likely to quote you 300-400 if you push me, just because I get scared... Either way, 250 may have been a bit high but it's in the ballpark and for northern Mississippi, it might be right on target, I don't know, it's not way outlandish, either. I mean, how much cheaper can you do it? 200? What if it's really 7 acres, do you know for sure it's really 6, or is that what you estimated / the customer told you?

    I get a feeling the guy was price shopping, not so sure if you really want to compete with that, you may have shot yourself in the foot with one hand but on the other hand you might be better off this way, too.
  4. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I would have said $175...

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Just mowing with little trimming close on price,we mow a ball field it's 5 acres.
  6. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    I am guessing about 3 hours work total with a 60" ZRT. I have not mowed a lot yet that I could go full speed on more than half the time around here. I think I could make good money at $180.
  7. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    As a one time mow. No less than 250.00
    I hate one timmers.
    Get this, july 3rd, 1:00 in the afternoon, I get a call "I need my lawn cut, (20 miles away) It hasn't been mowed since last year and the house is for sale, I need it cut today. How much would it cost?" My response, How big of a Yard? " Oh its a city lot", Ok, city lots in this town are about an acre, so I said well to get to you today its gonna be 300 bucks. " Oh, I need it today but I can't pay that much." Well, thank you for the call. I can't drop everything the day before a holiday to go mow cheap one timmers.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    On big properties, I don't like using round numbers like 250 or 300. I like numbers like 265, 285, 315, etc. Using those kinds of numbers makes it look like you thought about your estimate alot more IMO and really fine tuned it.

    Just be able to substantiate it if the customer asks how you came up with that kind of number.
  9. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    You bid it right.
  10. jim dailey

    jim dailey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    You didn't get it, so just move on. I DO NOT live in your area, but, your quote seems to be in the ballpark. Don't forget the wear and tear that your equipment would have gone through. I would let this one pass, and just keep on the outlook for others in the future. You just know human nature: They want the lowest bid possible to do the job. Take Care.

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