Lawn Estimates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Please help!

    I need to get a price recommendation on a few propertys that I have the chance to quote on for 2002.

    A. 1 Acre commercial lot. Flat with a few trees, but rough weeds
    and some sticks and stones. I expect first and or all cuts to be
    made with a high speed tractor pulled rotary mower. 1 or 2 cuts
    per month. Finish trim around trees and road with hand held
    (30 min. from headquarters)

    B. 1.5 Acre commercial lot. On 20 degree incline with several dips
    and a few rock piles. 3/4 can be cut with Tractor pulled rotary
    and the rest will need to be cut with hand held trimmer. 1 or 2
    cuts per month.
    (20 min. from headquarters)

    C. 2 Acres along a highway. 60 degree incline which can only be
    cut with hand held trimmer. I can bust hump and cut this in 3.5
    hours, but its a back breaker with my modified sthil trimmer.
    Cut twice a month. (20 min from Headquaters)

    All Jobs one man on site!

    Any advice on hourly pricing or by job would be appreciated. Until
    now I have just under bid the lowest bidder, but I need to get my act together and have a proper formula for bids.
  2. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
    Messages: 865

    Welcome to

    Have you taken the time to use's search feature?

    If you use the term "bid" (among others) you will find several years worth of past discussions and helping answers.

    Also, underbidding the lowest bidder just to grab a job is not the right track... im sure you will get some feedback on that.

    Also,..... We have no idea what kind of company you have. There is no way to estimate your properties without more information.
  3. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    go buy hour, best way to do it i think, for the jobs that are mainly riding tractor, u charge a little less per hour then u would the ones that require a lot of push mowing, the one with all the trimming would be a lot more.
  4. rodney

    rodney LawnSite Member
    from sw,ohio
    Messages: 103

    bushhogging is usally $45.00 per hour 1or 2hour minimum.
  5. Gary R. Roberts

    Gary R. Roberts LawnSite Member
    from Mass.
    Messages: 2

    Just starting out. should i charge per hr or per job?
  6. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    all depends, for ur normal everyday lawn a set price, for other jobs some are better to go by huor
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    IMHO, I would not want that hand held job...
    It will break your back less than halfway through, it will take forever for 2 acres, you could fall and get hurt (roll onto highway with trimmer wacking you in face and then a car runs you over???) and why bother when you could be riding a Z or something easier like that???? just M.H.O....
  8. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    $1900.00 per month is wh I do it...cause thats what the bank is willing to pay for road side exposure and nobody else wants to do it. For fear of rolling down the hill...Ha Ha
  9. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    My Bid:

    A. $325.00 a month (2) visits.

    B. $375.00 a month (2) visits.

    C. $700.00 a month (2) visits. (1) man/per visit.

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