Estimate / bid help please

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by FNG, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. FNG

    FNG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Here are some pictures of the property that I need to bid for weekly mowing, bed care. I'm supposed to get back to them Monday.

    I'm looking to the more experienced operators for some help with bidding it.
    Since I don't have a large walk behind yet, the mowing work will be about 40% 21" work and the rest done with a 52" zero turn.

    The back has 8 small tiered sections (40x20) where I'll have to lift a 21" into the area and the back side has a strip about 12' wide with flower beds down both sides that have to be weeded and trimmed.

    When asked how much the lady is paying now for service she replied "oh, about a hundred each time they are here" I laughed at that one. :)

    I'll post more pics if I can.


    Rear sections.jpg

    Anderson drive entry-side yard.jpg

    Anderson front drive entry2.jpg

    Anderson front drive entry3.jpg
  2. FNG

    FNG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

  3. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    I would do an hourly rate for the bed maintenance/ weed pulling. Give him an estimate of how long you think it will take, but use your hourly rate to determine that. As far as the mowing, how big is lawn you have to mow? From the pics it's hard to tell, but it looks like it's at least a half acre of mowing, but probably closer to 3/4-1 acre. It also looks like you have a fair amount of trimming to do each time. If it were me, I'd probably want at least $60 for that lawn each time. But it's really hard to say without seeing it.
  4. bone1

    bone1 LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 202

    60 is not worth your time! that's alot of weedeating it looks like from the pics!
  5. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    $70-$80 for mowing because its hilly, and because you have to get the 21" up the steps to do in between the retaining walls. Do the bed care by an hourly rate. Always remember, they're hiring you because they dont want to, or dont have time to mow that, so that makes your business valuble. Just take tht into consideration.
  6. FNG

    FNG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    The lot is just a hair under 20K feet total. House has a 3000 sq ft. footprint. (bsed on the county tax records)

    and yes, there is a LOT of trimming.

  7. FNG

    FNG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    When I first got the call, I visited with the residents and noted that the current LCO is gutting this thing VERY short. Lots of scalping on the hilly parts and told them the very first thing I wanted to do was to raise the mow height at least 1" for an overall improved look. It really was bad the day after it had been cut.


    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    $500 per month which will include weed pulling, spraying of the beds..
  9. FNG

    FNG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    bump for help
  10. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Well, I was just giving him a price to start at. I'd say like $75-85/cut including trimming.

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