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More edging and trimming than usual estimate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smcdowell47, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. smcdowell47

    smcdowell47 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I'm another one of the new guys on here. I wasn't planning on doing any commercial properties starting off just residential. However, the church I attend has open bids for their church and school so I decided why not throw a bid in. I just wanted to get some opinions from the vets of the business. How do you charge for properties that require quite a bit extra trimming and edging? Do you just figure an hourly rate? The property isn't large by any means. There is only 1 section that I would be able to use the walk behind. The rest would have to be done with a 21'' because of all the small sections of grass and stuff to mow around. Then obviously I would have to trim around everything. There is an abundance of sidewalks, curbs, bushes, and trees trim and mow around. Not to mention some chain link fence.
    I didn't know if I should charge more than usual due to the extra work and complications of the job. As of now I was figuring my hourly rate at $40/hour.
    Any advice would be much appreciated!!
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  2. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    first of all churches usually are going to go cheap if not for free so don't bid it too high, using 40$ per hr and figuring your hrs I would think might be in the ball park if its a small church. I would really have to see it though to give you my personal bid,"SMALL CHURCHES USUALLY HAVE A SMALL BUDGET"!

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