Estimating a lawn.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by okiest8, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. okiest8

    okiest8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I am new to the lawn business---what is the best way to estimating a lawn.
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    search and read these posts to find out how
  3. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    1/4 Acre = $25
    1/2 Acre = $30
    3/4 Acre = $35
    1 Acre = $40

    Good Luck!!!!!
  4. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    Who are you and where do you get this information? You need to search through the forums. Learn how to find your overhead and to see what you need to make overall. Then base your estimates on time and size. This could be one thing for you and something completely different for another company.
  5. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    ^^^^^^thats correct .it depends on the regeion and your expence per property.and also the amount ot hand work on each prop.
  6. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    1/4 maybe
    1/2 no
    3/4 heck no
    1 you gotta be kidding me!!!

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    There is a search button at the top of the page. Use that and enter--"costs, overhead, equipment costs, estimating".

    Everything that you spend money on to run your business needs to be covered by your business. It can cost up to $25.00 just to put a truck and equipment at the curb, before you even do any labor. Spend a while learning what costs need to be covered and figure out what the amounts will be for you. To that add your labor (pay yourself) and the profit margin you want your company to have.
  8. Mr Budget

    Mr Budget LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    I totally agree
  9. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    We've got 1/5 acre lots that we charge $40 to mow because of the amount of time involved (it's unbelieveable how many obstacles are in some of these people's yards). We've also got 1/2 acre lots for the same price because they're wide open. It's really more about time than lot size - you have to know how long it will take you from the time you drop your gate until you put it back up. Naturally, the bigger lots will take longer, and therefore on average require a higher price than smaller lots, but you can't use lot size as a rule.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    too many variables just to go by lot size..... one tree to trim around or 100 trees, makes a big difference:)

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