fall leaf bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by skrats, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    i need some advice with this bid
    i am cutting two yards that have similar amt of trees in them
    they are 60 and 50 dollars each just to cut and it takes me approx an hour to complete
    now that fall is coming they want an estimate on the fall cleanup
    none of my other yards are this big with full tree coverage
    i am thinking of telling them that since there is a 1oo% coverage of those huge trees that i am going to say that there is a 100% markup for the leaves to be reomoved from the yard,landscapes,etc.
    is this a good formula??
  2. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    I would do a search. There have been tons of discussions on this topic in the past. There is alot of good advise to read through that has been posted. Leaves are very hard to predict, conditions like wind make it hard to really estimate how many leaves will be in a yard. Good Luck!!!
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Do a Serach and you will find that your 100% markup is way too low.

    Leaf Clean-up is hard work...so charge accordingly I say.
  4. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Rod is correct... you need to do some research, or do as I do (which ain’t the norm). I have one lawn that is $50 a cut. However, it's $135 to clean the lawn and gather/blow the leaves into a pile, plus another $175 to pickup and dispose of them.
    I realize I don't follow the normal routine of the rest of you guy's, but I've never had an unhappy or surprised customer by telling them its $100/hour for myself and my helper. By being up front there are no ill feelings later on. But, if you’re looking to make a killing, and try to hide how longs it takes, that’s your business.
    For the record, I'm using two redmax back packs, a 14hp Fradan blower, and a 10hp adjustable chute Billygoat blower.

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