Square Foot

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Imager, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. Imager

    Imager LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Anybody have a formula for estimating by the square foot?
  2. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    for which service?? mowing? fert? mulch? or other?
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    What he said!!! For mowing...I dont. For about everything else...yes, I do have formulas. For mowing large properties...like apartments, I will measure the sq footage and use that part as the equation, but I don't use sq footage alone for coming up with an estimate for mowing. I know what the sq footage (or roughly) I can mow, in open areas....so I can sometimes use that.
  4. Imager

    Imager LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    For mowing and flowerbeds.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    It's called multiplication...width times (x) length.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    One cubic yard of mulch covers 100 square feet to a depth of 3". I think that's right. If it wasn't so late I'd do the math.

    For mowing, no formula. That's too simplistic. The amount of trimming will play a much larger role in your total time than the amount of turf to cut. One way to look at it is, how much trimming is there RELATIVE to the amount of turf. A 3k foot lawn should be quick, but not if there's 50 trees to trim around each week.

    For fert, a simple square footage price usually works out fine.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    The same will go for edging....especially those corner lots.
  8. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I built an Excell worksheet for estimating based on square footage. I added a difficulty multipler for obstacles such as trees, flower beds, hills, etc. to mow around. I think my multiplier was something like 1, 1.1,1.2,1.3 for under 10,000sf; and then .7,.8,.9,1 for over 10,000. I don't have the formula in front of me, but it was something like that. Trimming was figured seperately based on liner footage.
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Thats what I was thinking too!! :)
  10. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I'm thinkin' he might have meant... $$$ per square ft. ( .25 cents sqf, .35 cents sqf...etc) Not sure if he meant for mowing though. I have a book that apparently wants to keep everyone in the industry (legit) ... a basic formula.. well, not even, but it recommends this...

    1000 sq.ft = Mow $29.00 Fert. $18.00
    1500 sq.ft = Mow $30.00 Fert. $18.00
    2000 sq.ft = Mow $31.00 Fert. $19.00
    . blah blah blah
    . blah blah blah
    . blah blah blah
    22,000 sq.ft = Mow $64.00 Fert. $51.00

    does this sound pretty accurate??? Or does everyone pretty much say... "Yeaaa.... this lawn will take me an hour... gimme' $30.00"???

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