how to estimate cleanups for commercials, one price not hourly?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FrankenScagMachines, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    for residential i would just give them a per hour price but there's this guy i know that does mowing but not leaf removal, he said i could bid on the leaf removal for this church he does. they have alot of leaves. well i am going to ask the church about it today but i cannot figure out how you would ever come up with a price for this type of thing, since they likely would not be happy with a hourly price.
    Some parts are too small for mower+bagger, these I will blow off with b/p, but other areas are large and open and will be done with mower + bagger, then i will have to suck up all the piles and haul off. the church is on 2 city blocks mostly building but the biggest area of grass is maybe an acre? I'll have to measure.
    I'll try to remember to get pics if I go look at it today. Any ideas? What do you usually do for this situation? Thanks,
  2. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    I will usually try and compare it to another account that I do and price it based on that. I will usually add 10-15% on top just in case
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Eric, take a good, loooong look at it an destimate to yourself how many hours you expect it to take. Price accordingly.
  4. double e

    double e LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Try to estimate hrs. and say something along the lines like:

    The labors going to run around $300-350
    And leaf removal is $60 per truck load- I'm guessing you have 4-6 loads here to haul away

    Just threw #'s up there to explain
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Thanks guys, I think ck may have the best I can relate to. Since I haven't really used this year's setup in leaves, and it is so much better than last year's, it will be hard to tell.
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Eric, remember also that anyone else would use a rake to do the work so make sure you don't underbid just because you have the equipment to do it faster. I made that mistake the first year doing leaves it's tough to get the prices back up where they need to be.

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