My bid..too high, too low, was I even close?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Jims Lawncare, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Jims Lawncare

    Jims Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I'm in western NC, I just did an estimate for aeration, fertilizing, and overseeding tall fescue..15,500 sq ft of lawn. The front yard has a steep slope, around 18 degrees. The grass is healthy looking, just thin in places and growing in lumpy. I was using granular starter fert all over, and an organic compost top dressing on the thinner area's only (7000 sq ft). My estimate was for $415.00, and the man about had a stroke. This house sits on a golfcourse and over looks a lake. It's an upper income area. Thanks for any help with my future bids, Jim
  2. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Seems a little low to me, but I havent done this work so I really don't know. I would hope to pull nearly $500-600 for this service.
  3. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I was thinking the same thing. Significantly too low.
  4. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    Sounds a little low also with the topdressing and fert figured in. I would have added about $65 to the bid, although that probably would have brought on the
  5. powerslawn&landscaping

    powerslawn&landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I gave a former customer a bid last week. He almost had a stroke over $100 bucks ! 2 nights ago I saw him at a fund raiser that was $1000 bucks to sit where he was at the VIP table. I was picking up my daughter from work. Dont let the customer control the price or you will be working for free !
  6. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    It is amazing how people justify their money. ***** at you for shooting them a fair price for maintenance, then drop a $1000 to sit at the high roller table. Classic.
  7. Jims Lawncare

    Jims Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Well Thanks for the advice guys, I was not sure but I was hoping I was not too high, because if I was then I quit.
  8. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    Were you overseeding with a seeder or just spreading it with a spreader? We will offer both, the one with the seeder is a little more expensive but, if we were using just a push spreader, id be at $150 for the aeration, $150 for the seed/fert, and then looks like about 3 yards of dirt installed at $55/yd so about 465 for it all.
  9. Jims Lawncare

    Jims Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    it was with a spreader, not a seeder..I think where I was short was on my aeration charge. Oh and the customer called back and now he WANTS the work done.
  10. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Yea, he must have seen the other responses on your post and thought to himself, I better jump at the original price before he increases his price:cool2:

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