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My First Job!! Is it Worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheTurfTender, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    This is my first bid, and the guy before me is charging $85 a cut. They are not that pleased with him, but planning on using him again. They offered me the bid and if I match it, they will use me. As you can see, there is not a whole lot of grass, but a few steep slopes. Oh, this is for 30 weeks and includes 3 ferts, and spring and fall clean-up.

    I really don't have that great of a feeling about it, but can I afford to pass it up? Maybe it is a good deal. Help me out please.

  2. Skyking

    Skyking LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    Is that 8 Homes?
  3. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    LOL, YES it is
  4. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I would pass, they are probably telling you a lower price than they are actually paying. Put it this way. I had 5 houses in a row for $125 and I didn't think it was worth it and that was just for mow & trim.
  5. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,384

    I would pass.
  6. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    Seems low to me, but before I tell you to pass it up, how long would it take you with your current equipment?
  7. S.A.L.

    S.A.L. LawnSite Member
    from NOLA
    Messages: 226

    8 homes for $85 ?
    ..."I don't think so, Tim..."

    Only if the service could be completed in 30 minutes or less.
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Well, thats works out to to a little over $10 per house. Run as fast as you can in the other direction. UNLESS, you can really make up for it on the SCU/FCU and ferts.
  9. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    I can't. That's included.

    All right, Passed!

    Now, what is the best way to tell this guy no. I am thinking I just send a letter thanking him for the consideration and explaining that I couldn't do quality work at that rate or something to that effect.

    Thanks Gents!!

  10. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    I personally won't back off the trailer for less than $25, and the way it sounds I would pass on that account...like procut said that is about $10 per cut, you should at least be getting $25 per and $25x8=$200.00. Driving to a place to mow for $10 a yard isn't worth it in my opinion.

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