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It's a monster. What would it take/charge.....

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by sedge, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Oxmow

    Oxmow LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,091

    Tell him that you only want to pay him for the ACTUAL time he works with YOUR tax money. Not lunch, not smoking, not talking to the pretty lady in the next cubicle...don't think he could survive on 12 minutes a days pay!
    MNLawns, scaypa, sedge and 2 others like this.
  2. StanTucker20

    StanTucker20 LawnSite Member
    from Trenton
    Messages: 1

    I have a opportunity to do some clean up at a large number of properties with tall grass debris an over growth how should I charge for it I will need mini excavator skid loaders an dump truck
  3. La Chandler

    La Chandler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    My thoughts exactly. Pass.
  4. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,631

    Sub contract the $20 "any yard" guys that put those signs up. Then pocket the rest.
    Cam15 likes this.
  5. iand

    iand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,163

    So did you start laughing before you realized he wasn't joking ?
  6. springfield_pest

    springfield_pest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Just tell him your hourly rate and leave it at that
  7. La Chandler

    La Chandler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    This should be the basis for all charges- by the minute, and variable by the amount of time service is provided. The average cost of windshield time should also be included. Obviously this gets complicated on huge jobs, but the same principles apply.
    Cam15 likes this.
  8. OP

    sedge LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,818


    Submitted the bid. They called wanting to make sure we were good with that number and they were told, yup, we are. Then they pulled the contract listing. I'm pretty sure the supervisor we were dealing with was trying to get more money for the work around there and the state wasn't believing him, so they had him get some 'bids' and once they saw those, state gave him more money to hire a few guys.

    Thanks for everyone's inputs. Much appreciated!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
    sjessen likes this.
  9. bulliebullybull

    bulliebullybull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I like what one person said on here before about knowing your cost or overhead. Everyone’s price is different because everyone’s overhead is different. The beauty of staying as small as possible, overhead wise, is you can keep your prices low. $10,000 a cutting is insane but if it takes 10 hired guys and a cool million dollars worth of equipment well there ya go. Once you make a contract on a chunk of commercial property you have to figure your long term gains and losses. And the contract should last longer then your equipment payments too lol.
  10. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 13,757

    You need a consulting fee.

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