# bidding mow jobs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scottypoo, Apr 7, 2012.

1. ### ScottypooLawnSite Memberfrom MinnesotaMessages: 43

Hey fella's. I have a fert and weed control company but I want to take on some mow jobs. Most are large properties. I know obstacles and terrain are taken into consideration. I'll be using a 36" walk behind. Is there a formula to calculate the cost per 1000 square feet? How do you determine how much to charge? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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2. ### jhawk60LawnSite Memberfrom VAMessages: 241

((Labor + Overhead) x (1 + Profit margin)) x Time to complete job = Price

Example:

(25.00 + 15.00) x (1 + 30%) x 45 minutes (.75 hr) = Price
40.00 x 1.3 x .75 = Price
52.00 x .75 = Price
39.00 = Price

This is how you figure pricing. The numbers in the example are not representative of your actual circumstances, you have to figure those out for yourself as no one else can do it.

Labor is an easy one because you know what you want to pay yourself.

Overhead is critical because underestimating it will eat away at your profit margin and once it's gone it will attack your labor. make sure you take ALL of your costs into account.

Profit will most likely be determined by what your market will bear.

3. ### ScottypooLawnSite Memberfrom MinnesotaMessages: 43

Perfect. Thanks brother.
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5. ### Snyder's Lawn IncLawnSite Platinum Memberfrom Kirksville MoMessages: 4,530

With 36'' WB you better take on small properties

6. ### orangemowerLawnSite Silver Memberfrom paMessages: 2,768

Exactly. I'd go with at least a 48in mower. Time is money.

7. ### ShooterK2LawnSite Senior Memberfrom Elk City, OklahomaMessages: 815

It sounds like maybe he already has the 36". And if his area is anything like mine, you won't get anything larger into the back yard gates, and the back yard takes up more than 60% of most of my properties, so you don't want to have to use a 21" on all of them.

We don't know what he is considering "large properties" either....

8. ### SchieldLawnSite Memberfrom Spokane/Deer Park, WaMessages: 4

I charge like this- \$20 to \$30 + \$1 to \$3 per 1,000 sq ft.

Example- 5,000 sq ft Commercial turf with plenty of trimming... \$30 + \$3 x 5, = \$45.

Another example- 3,000 sq ft residential with minimal trimming... \$20 + \$1 x 3, = \$23

That's just me.