need to price a bid

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jnhowell1, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. jnhowell1

    jnhowell1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    can anyone please tell me how to price a bid on 75 homes in a retirement community. its in ohio and they only want cut weed eat and blow , all of this everyweek. he said its 0-75 sq feet they vary . the people in charge are a good family friend but i dont want to be a really low bidder but i really want the bid i really need this to make my summer. im gonna have one other person help me as well. this is not gonna be spring or fall clean ups thanks
  2. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    75 sq. ft.?

    i would charge a normal rate per sq. ft. and just multiply it by 75 (that would be if all of the properties are the same...which you said they vary in size)

    basically charge per individual house...maybe a couple bucks less just because you wont be using much gas to drive around
  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Do you mean 75 individual houses, or 75 units? IE condos?

    If individual houses, I am wondering if your 0-75 square foot number is a typo.

    Give us more details.
  4. jnhowell1

    jnhowell1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    thanks , they are 75 houses he said up to 75 sq ft he's not sure of the exact footage. so im not sure whats a good price 20. 25 30 or 15 a cut what do you think

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    depends how much weeding, here in eastern pa i have 250 homes in a ritzie toll brothers community all managed by a board, my price is 16 per lawn cutting, 6 dollars weedwacking and 2 dollars to edge (once very other week) thats right out of my book, but these lawns are larger, 25 feet by 20 feet, and i need to cut them with a 48 & bagger......

    hard to say w/o looking at it

    good luck
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Hmm......75 sq. ft....That's roughly a 8 1/2 x8 1/2 ft. area. A little small for a lawn, I think....:rolleyes:
  7. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    That is why I questioned the number.

    I know some of these communities have small turf areas, but that just seems like a number that is too small for any possible development.
  8. Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Hi. I've got another question while you all are working on JNHOWELL1's question. I'm preparing a proposal for a client to edge and mulch 20 trees. They vary in size, some are pretty big. I'm considering charging $25 / tree, $500 for the job. This would include labor and materials. Am I in the ballpark?
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Are they open 75 sqft lots. Can you run a 48" mower across 10-15 units and then take a swipe back and be done?

    To many unanswered variables here.
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Start a new thread instead of hijacking this one.

    And I think you're way low with that estimate.

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