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PLEASE Help me bid this job!! (1st Commercial job)

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by FireMedic09, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. FireMedic09

    FireMedic09 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3

    HELP! I am trying to estimate my first commercial job...


    Not that much to mow, but a lot to trim. They would like trimming, mowing, blowing, as needed broadleaf weed control, fertilization 3x per year, policing for small debris, leaf removal in the fall, trimming/pruning of bushes.

    It is the white building to the left of the icon, just north of W Profile Parkway

    the west border is the train tracks

    the east border is N Curry Pike

    the north border is the gravel parking lot, just past the building

    Total property size is about 6.5 acres.

    How would you charge for a whole season (28 sessions) for each of the following?

    Area Police
    Weed Control
    Leaf Removal
    Shrub Care

  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    only you can answer that question. Break it down and come up with a number.
  3. FireMedic09

    FireMedic09 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3

    I understand that, however I want to remain competitive. I have never bid commercial before, and I don't want my potential customer to look at my bid and say "What? He wants to charge that? HAHAHAHAHA"

    Here is what I initially came up with:

    Mowing 30-40 min
    Trimming 20 min
    Edging 10 - 20 min
    Area Police 10 min
    Weed Control 30 min
    Fertilization 30 min
    Leaf Removal 45 - 60 min
    Shrub Care 20-30 min

    Mowing $1,600
    Trimming/Edging $840.00
    Area Police for Trash $280.00
    Weed Control $1,500
    Fertilization $2,000
    Leaf Removal $1,400
    Tree and Shrub Care $1,000

    Total Contract Price $8620.00
    12 Monthly Payments - $718.00
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    That link is incomplete, you need to "Copy Location" or "Copy URL" instead of a straight "Copy"

    Also, going just by the fact that it's 6.5 acres which is no way to bid,
    but based on that alone I think your bid is a bit on the low side.
  5. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    BTW do not put the breakdown of the cost, or they may try to nit pick it.
  6. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Messages: 69

    50 to 60 minutes to mow AND trim a 6.5 acre property? Is it completely bare, I can not get the map/picture to open.
  7. FireMedic09

    FireMedic09 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3


    SEMI-RETIRED LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    Using the high end of your minutes, comes out to 4 hrs per visit times
    28, equals 112 hrs, divided into 8620.00 equals about 77 per hr..

    Don't know how many employees your are using on the job but if 77 per
    hr will cover them and turn a profit go for it, if not better adjust your


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