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pricing trimming by the foot?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Precision Lawns, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    We're going to put in a bid for a mid-sized apartment complex. This will be our first commercial bid and we feel pretty good about everything except the trimming price. There's 3318 lin. ft. of trimming (this is weekly trimming - owner isn't interested in putting in a hard edge on anything). We think it'll take the 2 of us about an hour to do and our general hourly rate is $60/hr. But we were thinking of charging by the foot instead to give a more accurate bid. The problem is what to charge per foot. $0.01? $0.02? $0.03? Every $0.01 raises the yearly price DRASTICALLY. Not to mention that at $0.02/ft it brings the weekly trimming price to $86, which means if it takes us the hour we think it will, we're getting paid more than we normally would.

    Obviously, either of these methods of charging will cover our cost (unless we charge $0.01/ft and it takes us an hour - that only makes us $33.18 that hour). We're just not sure which to use. If we could figure out an accurate price per foot, it would make all other commercial bids cake - wouldn't even have to estimate trimming time. The main thing is we don't want to put in a bid for $60 of trimming and have it take much longer than we think it will (I should mention there are some trees that aren't included in the 3318 ft. Not many though, so they should take no time at all. That measurement includes buildings, fence, walkways). What do you guys use to estimate large amounts of trimming - hourly or per foot?
  2. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Sorry, posting before proofreading. I should clarify a couple things. We have a 30% profit added on to everything, which is why 3318 @ $0.02/ft = $86. Also, this bid does NOT include edging the walkways. The guy said he didn't want ANY edging. So it's just buildings and fences.

    We're thinking about doing a bid without edging and one with edging, though, since it's very possible that the guy doesn't know what edging is and thinks that trimming includes walkways. In that case, there's about double the linear feet.

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