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Grounds maitenence estimate help needed!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JS Landscaping, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    Hey guys, I need some help with an estimate. Got a call from a church in a local town who wants a price for the year for grounds maitenence. This would be cutting about 1 acre of grass with about 1000 feet of sidewalks that need to be edged, 1800 feet of trimming, Mid season shrub pruning of 30 bushes/shrubs fall and spring clean ups. I figured about 4800.00 for the year. Grass and leaves must be picked up and disposed of. Broken down it would be $125.00 a week cutting, edging, trimming and blowing. 800 for a fall clean up and 500 for a spring clean up. 300 for mid season shrub trimming. Does this sound reasonable? This is my first bid for a larger commercial account on a yearly basis. Any help or guidence would be greatly apreciated. Thanks :)


    James
    JS LANDSCAPING
     
  2. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    That would be just a little on the high side for my area but it is not unreasonable at all. 1800 ft. of trimming sounds like quite a bit; could you do any "chemical trimming" to eliminate some of that?
     
  3. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    It sounds like a good bid, but only you will know. Make sure you don't piss of the BOSS, LOL!

    I have often thought about bidding on churches such as you are now. I was thinking that if they came back to me and said the price was too high that I could discount the price and in return they could write me a receipt for a donation in the amount of the discount. For example if your church says "wow geez, we can only afford $3,800", then you could agree to $3800 and ask them to write you a receipt that you donated $1,000 (tax deduction). I'm not sure how it would work out in the end cause I haven't spent much time studying how this would effect my tax return, but maybe somebody on here would know.
     
  4. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    any one else?
     
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

     
  6. Amco Landscaping

    Amco Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    where in orange county are you I am in salisbury mills
     
  7. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 593

    James,

    Sounds pretty good. The only question I have is approximately how many hours to prune the shrubs? Also $500.00 is gonna sound high to them for a spring clean-up. You might want to tell them that with that price you are including dethatching. Just my thoughts!

    Jason
     

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