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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Stephen05, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Stephen05

    Stephen05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I was wondering if any of you may be able to give me your opinion on what you would charge for doing 125 properties (cutting, weedwacking, edging and blowing surfaces) in a 55+ development in New Jersey. The properties are no bigger then 2500 sq ft. In all honesty I dont have experience giving bids like this and would really appreciate some advice of where i should be for cutting these properties. I know if it were a regular house we start our pricing at 30 including everything but I know I will have to cut a break, being that all of these properties border one another and they do not have any fences. I was thinking around 20 a property? Any advice would be very helpful! Thank you!
  2. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Where in Nj is a big factor... Theres a huge diff. between newark and rumson. lol how often are you cutting them? Why would you give a break of that much? 30.00 seems really cheap anyway!
  3. Guzzo856

    Guzzo856 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    whats the name of the community
  4. Stephen05

    Stephen05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    The Properties are located in Vineland.
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I know you don't want to hear this but if you don't know how to bid on them you should pass. I wouldn't ask perfect strangers how to price MY work. Besides, how can anyone on here determine a price without seeing the properties? It can't be done without guessing. You need to price it to make money. I take it you know what your bottom dollar is right? So apply that to each property. Why would you lowball each one at $20? I can't see making money at that price.
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Questions you must answer:

    How long to do each property?
    How much does it cost you to run your business per hour?
    How much profit do you need to clear per hour?

    To make math easy.

    50 prop's take 1/2 hr ea, 25 hours, about 3 days work.

    Cost $20 hr.

    You need to pay your self $160 a day $800 wk is your goal.
    So $20 hr x 25 hr = $500 for 3 days work.

    So you charge $40 hr.

    Costs is just not gas, maintenance, repairs, replacement money set aside to buy new truck, trailer, mower, etc, as needed, insurance and license fees.

    Then if you have employees..........

  7. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    You guys aren't very bright sometimes. No one on here would think twice about trying to swoop in and bid your job your talking about. Never post where the property is. Search the business management forum for "procut1". He has a really really good post on your question.
  8. Stephen05

    Stephen05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Mahoney I appreciate your thoughts and concern but I'm quite sure majority of us consider who we would pass on a job location too. If any guy on here decides to "swoop" in and check out vineland area for a potential contract he has a better chance of getting pregnant.
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    Charge each property separately and then add everything up and there is you bid.
  10. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    Well there has been a pregnant man on t.v. so you better check your back!

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