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mowing bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass1, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. grass1

    grass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    :confused: :confused: :confused: How much should be bid for a mowing job that takes 25 man hours 2 mowing and 3 trimming and blowing thanks :confused:
  2. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Im sure we would be glad to help, but that all depends now on lots of things. Dont feel bad i used to ask the same questions here too lol. What are you paying your guys, whats your insurance costs?, what equipment are you running?, after depreciation, travel etc etc you need to come up with a figure that is pretty darn close to what it costs you per hour to operate your business from head to toe, then what you want as a profit and then you can go from there on the bidding. Beleive me its easier said than done, i still am somewhat unsure of EXACTLY what it costs me per hour to run my business but i guess thats where experiance comes into play, seeing the unforseen!!! Good luck
  3. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    I agree with what Rich said. But also you have to know what your market can stand, high and low. Say for example, you bid the total at 35.00 an hour and the low point is 45.00 then you just shot yourself in the foot. But also on the other hand, if the high point is 50.00 and you bid at 65.00 then again bang! So do a little research in your area and you will get very close to where you need it all to be. And as Rich said, you also have to know where your bottom line is too. And remember, it's always easier to negotiate down in price than up!!!
  4. for once i am glad some one answered a question the way it should have been answered for this type and didn't just blow him off or give a ridickuliss price

    now you are asking a question I get paid for to answer

    I own my LCO and consault on the side

    but here is a ballpark

    low side $875

    high side $1125+

    good luck don't pull any hair out LGF:blob3:
  5. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    on this same subject do you guys price your labor out at a flat rate or does it vary... example i look at a job like this if i need a 48" inch mower on the job i try to get 42.00 and hour if i need a 52" i get 45.00 and a 60" i try to get 50.00 and hour i try to get 20.00 and hour for weed eaters blowers provided one of the above mowers above is also working thanks for any replys
  6. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    20.00$ an hour for a trimmer? That sound a little off the deep end =). Terrain plays a big part in my bids all the time. It seems that around here all the new developments and so forth are being built on cliffs!!! So the price goes up accordingly with that in mind. I have or think I do anyway:D of what it costs me an hour to run my equipment, so in some cases if I have to use my smaller mower the price goes UP UP UP but if I can get my 60" ztr in there it will goes down cause the time difference will be tremendous. So you see its not all about pricing where you can get what mower where as far as paying more for a bigger mower. I just make sure my stuffs getting paid for even if it’s sitting on the trailer, which is included in my direct overhead. Hope this helps.
  7. JLC

    JLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 467

    You first need to figure out what you want to make per hour. This will be the largest influence on price. Most guys here run from 35 to 45 dollars an hour. This is to cover their costs (insurance, etc.) and give them a paycheck. Now you need to know how much each piece of equipment costs to run. If you are going to run a 10000 dollar mower for 1000 hours it will cost 10 dollars an hour to run. Likewise if you have a 500 dollar string trimmer and run it for 1000 hours it will cost you .50 cents an hour. After knowing the size of a property you will be able to figure the time involved to do the lawn. Take the time you will be there and add the time for each piece of equipment used when you are there. This will tell you how much to charge. If you don't know your costs, how do you know if you are making money or not? How could you be bidding this property if you don't your costs?
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943


    How do you know how many man hrs it takes? Did you get info from the previous LCO? Did you mow it already? If you know how long it takes, then follow LGF's advice. I'd go with his higest # and make that your lowest bid and go all the way up to $1500 for high end. Estimating time is the hard part, estimating how much per hour is easy.
  9. all of you guy are giving good advice
    thank you for not giving direct basic answers

    I gave you numbers for $35 an hour and $45 an hour thats what most of you are using for your price scale

    I bid all jobs by the crew
    truck, trailer, all hauled equipment (even if it doesn't get used on that job), labor, fuel, ins, and so on and so forth
    you also have to remember when you bid your jobs, you have to add drive time, load up time, and shop costs, phone and other office supplies

    that why I start at atleast $60 to $70 a man hour mowing

    you aslo take in to consideration that your not a bank and the empl. get paid before you get paid for the job(s)

    so i gave you a good low ball bid amount
    question how do you know how long it will take and what to use?

    if I were to bid it would be around $1500 to $1700 per a cut
    do they want any thing else?

    it will also depend on how bad do you want the job!

    good luck LGF:blob3:
  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578


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