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FIrst Job bid help!!

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Clay Hodge, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,146

    I've yet to run across a trampoline that's actually staked down. About every other cut just yank that out of the way and cut or trim where it was.
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  2. paulsgrass

    paulsgrass Banned
    Messages: 380

    You like mowing around and in between them ?
  3. 1620cwj

    1620cwj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    There's not exact way to calculate a lawn. Ask your competition, some may give you good info some may not. What is going rate in your area for a .25 acre then take that number by 4 x .9 which give you an approximate number then go up or down based on difficulty. Lastly ask customer why they are changing and the price they were paying.
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  4. 1620cwj

    1620cwj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Another thought, based on your pics, $100-125, and see what they say. If they have a have a heart attack, you maybe high but now you say "if you want it done right" and give them your final price.?!
  5. Bfish

    Bfish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    For this property (and how I like to do it):
    trim everything starting in the front, walk back to truck, walk push mower to backyard, walk back, mow everything (walkbehind with velke), ride back to truck, grab blower and blow front and back, walk back to truck and leave.

    mow front while helper trims back (after walking back), then rotate, first one finish (trimmer finishes in front, mower rides to front) grabs the push mower, next one grabs the blower and starts blowing before the push finishes. Theoretically finishing at nearly the same time. Less walking back and forth so more efficient.
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  6. Kgruen07

    Kgruen07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    looks like tight areas with hills and alot of weed whipping always price in difficulty factor instead of size of yard
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  7. Franky8081

    Franky8081 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Welcome Clay. Fellow Fireman from Ga here. After reading through the responses and seeing the pics. I think all the guys are spot on for what the market for this area in Ga would be. $60-$75 is gonna be real close here. With the right equipment and regular maintenance it shouldnt take you to terribly long. Especially when you get your routine down. The more jobs you mow the more you get familiar with how fast you can cut. $1 a minute is a general rule for me. And you can typically cut a decent sized yard in 60 minutes. Obviously that would include trimming blowing etc. Good Luck!!!

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