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Online bidding/estimate calculator

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by FloridaDave, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. FloridaDave

    FloridaDave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3


    I was wondering if anyone here has used this calculator before. I saw this mentioned here once, and the numbers I'm seeing don't look right to me.


    For instance, my own property is 7500 square feet. Less the house and driveway etc, I'm still looking at around 5000 square feet of maintainable landscape minimum. The lowest bid on the "maintain a lawn" calculator (which includes edging and blowing) is $93, and this cost doesn't include hedge work etc...I dunno, the market prices I'm seeing seem more to reflect the "mow a lawn" calculator, which assumes I'm using a push mower (kid down the street).

    However, maybe I'm just just missing something?

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019
  2. Ole_blue

    Ole_blue LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    If that's per cut I'll just throw my stuff in the garbage cause I've been way way off. I'm assuming it's a monthly price and prices very from one neighborhood to another. People with bahia think it's cheaper to cut that grass. I charge more cause it causes blade to get dull fast.
  3. Steve

    Steve LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NE FL
    Messages: 1,617

    Yeah I don't think that's an accurate formula. I used my parents and rounded up to 8700 sqr ft of actual turf. The low was $182 and the high was $782. The 182 would be more realistic for a monthly cost but I don't think that site takes that into calculation. There is another site and I can't remember the name, but it has my parents lawn at $45 per cut, that is more realistic and I could actually charge $50 and that's not even hedge trimming.

    My yard of 3k sqr ft has it at $68. No way I'd pay $70 to have somebody mow my lawn.
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,648

    That’s junk

    That’s for homeowners to try and dream of services they can afford (but can’t)
    Not for contractors to figure their costs.

    I’m not saying this is the best out there but :
    I’ve found this super handy for how many flowers/plants per square foot
    (I really hate calculating Annuals)
    There was a bid I had to do for ground cover that stated it had 2100 plants in that space and I was like “no way that had to be a misprint!”
    I used that calculator and “I’ll be damned... same answer!”

    So it has its uses

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