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Estimating Assistance- newbie doesn't want to scare cust. away

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by parkerk07, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. parkerk07

    parkerk07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    40,000 sq ft property- estimate for mowing/ line trimming weekly mostly wide open space
    In addtion to, fall clean up with moderate to heavy cover- oak
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    let me get out my magic estimating wand. oops. I still cant see the property. Oh well. Good luck.
  3. parkerk07

    parkerk07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for the assistance. Anyone else interested in providing some useful information or direction?
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Well you have 52 views with no responses because only you can know your market and we cant see the property. How much edging? Do the leaves need to be removed etc etc etc etc
  5. parkerk07

    parkerk07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    "newbie" in the title. Basically I am asking what type of additional information would the group need in order to assist. This is a start. Thanks. Most of my properties are much smaller than this. I don't drop equipment for less than 50.00

    Leaves need to be removed

    Edging- 50 ft picket fence- 12ft drive- 16ft patio- 10ft walkway
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    how long do you think it would take you to do the job? Mowing.

    how long to do leaf cleanup, dumping fees. How many guys on the job. The variables are endless. For the most part a competant lco with the proper commercial equipment will get a min of $60 per man hour. Then you add on leaf removal, and dumping fees.
  7. parkerk07

    parkerk07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thank you for assisting in narrowing it down.
  8. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    does the 40,000' include the home?
    Mowing just a guess would be $55-65 per cut depending on if the grass is removed, the cleanup is a lot tougher without seeing it. If your unsure give them a "Won't Exceed" number. It's tough, some customers want an hourly figure and they sit there and stare watching the clock. Others just want a figure.
  9. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    I would charge $55($25 trip charge +$1 per 1000sqft) for the mowing/trimming/blowing (providing it dosen't have excessive trimming & blowing) then charge your hourly labor rate times the amount of time you think it will take you plus any other fees (dumping cost etc).....thats how I would do it!!....oh yeah I would give them a flat price....that hourly sh!t is for the birds..the customer will watch you like a hawk and knitpick every min of your time.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009

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