Eyeball it or exact square ft

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cochino12, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    When bidding your small to medium size commercial or residential accounts do you guys get an exact square foot? or do you just sort of eyeball it? I have been doing both, kind of measuring some but not all. I suppose if the property was just a square and had no hills or edging sqare feet would be the best way. Sort of seems like an educated guess sometimes, hopefully I will learn as much next year as I did this year. Just curious to see how the majority here do it.
  2. ooo

    ooo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    I eyeball it. I compare it to other properties I do of equal size, and determine if it'll take about the same time, and if it will be as profitable as desired. If the customer is also interested in other services, I may discount it somewhat.
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Ditto ooo exactlypayup
  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,282

    I eyeball it, and i'd say 90% of contractors do on the small to medium properties.
  5. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Me too, eyeball it
  6. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Eyeball it, but keep it open for any changes in the future (after you do the work the first time). I have some 10,000sf that are quicker than 4,000 sf.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Eyeball...measuring wheel only comes out for specialized projects.
  8. oatka

    oatka LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    anyone thought of using Google Earth's measuring tool? it can measure straight lines or crooked ones. it's a great tool. i used it to figure how far i use to walk after leaving my last crappy corporate job.
  9. Bengo

    Bengo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Eyeball it....use the time saved measuring to do some cuttin'

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  10. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    with experience comes wisdom . i only realy measured when i first started . now i can look at a property and tell what i need to know about maintainance of that prop . but when it comes to landscapes then i measure .

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