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Another "How much do I bid" question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Moose's Mowing, May 13, 2013.

  1. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,727

    I guess that driveway has those curves in it so you don't fall asleep on the way to the house???

    Also, if you look on bing maps you'll see more detail, use the birds eye view and you can actually rotate N-S-E-W.... better pic than google too...
  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,922

    Meant a single cut. Not figureing on double cutting for extra growth
  3. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I have him my price of 275 to include edging the patio and walks and trimming around a bunch of trees. The place is pretty big and the front yards a hill. He does have a service currently but is unhappy, not due to quality but due to the current guy being an ahole. Customer about hard a stroke when I gave home my price. Current guy does it for $135 e/o week!!!!!!. Thanks but no thanks
  4. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    WOW, 135 eow for 6 acres...and you would probably be double cutting too. Gotta love the ones with huge yards and nice houses that want the mowing done for nothing. We've gotten to the point where we try not to even pick up large properties. You hit a point of diminishing returns the larger they get.

    In this case, someone severely lowballed and ruined that customer. The sad part is some fool will come underbid 135 next season.
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
  5. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 86

    Holy crap $135??? No frickin way man.
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  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    What did I tell you, but you guys probably thought my bid was a joke.

    Here it is again:
    One hundred and forty six dollars and thirty cents, plus tax.

    You could have had the job.
    But I understand, pride getting in the way, it's cool.

    It's only 6 acres, that bid is inside the ballpark for what qualifies as the going rate.
    Around my necks we only get $40 for one acre, $65 for two, $85 for three, $100 for 4 and +$15 for each acre past four.
    So six would have come out to $130 but we do tack on the regulatory fees which brings it to $146.30 +tax

    Yes sir, guess some of you are in for a rude awakening.
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Before I do one 6 acre property for $130 I would do six 1 acre properties for $240.
  8. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    i read through the post and the number i was thinking of was 130, based on a property here that is 11 acres with much bigger house ,a guy does the 11 for $260 per cut, i would rather do 10 quarter acre properties for 300, im in sw pa, i see se pa is not too much diff, sometimes bigger is not better! go smaller charge a couple more dollars, do more , go home earlier, make more money, around here big properties dont pay well, especially the ones with the enormous houses
  9. DoubleClutch

    DoubleClutch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I am in NW Pa and I cant agree more! I would rather do 4 one acre lots and make $160 instead of one 4 acre job at $100. Big jobs around here don't pay unless the owner doesn't care and just want's it done.
  10. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,922

    Maybe for just mowing. But I charge him extra to trim and blow!!

    He's getting a deal and is unhappy. Current guy knows he underbid and is cutting corners instead of quitting.

    Is he going to want extra stuff? You might be able to roll it into a full service monthly price and make up the difference.
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