Estimate Help....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by triadncman, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    A guy had me look at this one today. It was like 2.25 acres, House w/ about 400 ft of driveway and walks, 600 ft of curbline. mostly wide open and flat, about 20 large trees directly in grass, no beds. solo outfit, im esimating about 2 hrs just on mower, then trim and edge and blow off. Im thinking about $80 a visit. I got the feeling he didnt like the figure. My thinking is I get 35-40 for like 1/2 acre lots, that take me like 35-50 mins tops, solo. This guys place could take me 3.5 hrs on a good day. What do you think????? I am in Greensboro, NC by the way.

  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I personally think you are bidding it to low. You are saying that you can get $40 for the 1/2 acre lots that only take about 35 mins, you would be better off to pick up 4 or 5 more of those then to pick up that one for $80. You would be making a lot more money in the same time.
  3. Willis

    Willis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    For me thats a bit low, but not to low.
  4. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I agree cameron, I would be better off working the 1/2 acres, but I hate to turn my back on any potential customer. I would like to tell the guy I need to get $100 or more for the property but I dont think that would even have a chance. I apreciate the input fellas, I really was just wanting to see if I was asking to much. I didnt think so myself.
  5. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I agree with you there, i know you hate to turn your back on any potential customer, but you would only be making about $22 per hour and thats not a lot when you consider driving over there, paying for gas on the truck and equipment, and the work you are putting into the job. Not to mention, taxes, insurance, and all the other things. Now maybe it would be worthit if you could pick up another couple of yards right by this house?
  6. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Maybe you are over estimating your time. What are you cutting with? A 60" Z.. would take just under 2 hours on a good day. 2.25 hours on a bad day. $90 would be a fair price IMHO.

    Good luck!
  7. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    appreciate your input Tom, My biggest mower is a 48" Toro, the outfront one , similar to a walker. I also have a 44 toro wb. Im thinking with the 48 maybe in the area of 2 hours on the mower not including trim and edge time. Im a one man show. 90 probably would be fair. I know it seems kinda short, but i shoot to make 25 an hour. sometimes its 35 -40 and sometimes its 20 but in the end i hope to maintain an average of 25-30 hr so 80 -90 seems reasonable for this one. If he dosnt like it he can look elsewhere.
  8. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    I wouldn't touch it for less than $150.00
  9. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I wish i could say that and still get the work, it dosnt work that way in these parts, im sure someone will underbid my 80.00
  10. seven-up

    seven-up LawnSite Member
    from la
    Messages: 108

    I was gonna say 125. but then saw that 400 + 600 ft of edging along drive and curb. So I'm with 'Nest, 150 or better.

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