Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gdavis67, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. gdavis67

    gdavis67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    A friend of mine owns a large manufacturing facility in my town with about 2 - 2 1/4 acres of lawn and a 120,000 s.f. building on it. He just got a price of $375.50 per month for weekly mowing, 2 apps. of weed and feed, one app of fert. and free spring cleanup (26 weekly mows) - total $3000.00 for the season! I mention the size of the building because it has lawn all the way around it so the entire perimeter needs trimming weekly. There are not alot of trees/ planting beds, but there are some. I don't know if this is lowballing, or just that's how bad the market has become. What's your thoughts?

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    thats a little on the low side. what was he paying before?
  3. gdavis67

    gdavis67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    He's finding out for me. I don't bid it because it's too far away from my shop to make sense doing only that lawn in the area. The guy who just bid it has to drive 40 minutes to the site though. He may have other properties in the area, not sure.
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,192

    Very much lowballed. I wouldn't do a $3K contract for all that mowing and trimming alone, let alone throw in the rest of it.
  5. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    yea thats a lowball for sure, maybe weekly 300.00 weekly including all the extra, your friend got a hell of a deal in my eyes, I wouldn't have done it for that either
  6. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    just mowing should be almost 5K.

    heres a quick calculation:
    2.125 acres(avg) x 43560(sq. ft. in acre) = 92,565 tot. sq. ft.

    92,565 / 1000 sq. ft. = 92.57 x $2 per 1K sq. ft. = $185.15 per mow

    26 mows x $185.15 = $4813.38 per mowing season.

    now, i just used the $2 per 1k sq. feet as an arbitrary number b/c im assuming there is alot of wide open mowing. if the property is more difficult then just up that $2 another .50 cents or what not.
  7. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 557

    yea thats pretty low, you should find out what kind of equipment theyre running.
  8. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Who cares?

    yeah, find out what kind of equipment he is running. Waste some more time when you could be out drumming up new business...
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    For a competitive bid that's not a bad price. If you're pricing by yourself and the customer called you to inquire, then yes, it might be low. But if this guy is bidding against other people, he knows other people are bidding too and he wants the job then this isn't a bad price. The only thing he's giving away is the spring cleanup. And that all depends on how hard it is to do. If it's an easy cleanup then just treat it like a mow.
  10. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Lol, better have 100 lawns to make a 40 minute one way drive worth the gas and opportunity cost!!! Pretty rediculous if this guy is really doing all that for 375 a month.

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