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To all the big guys!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by FinerCutslawnCare, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    Hey guys, I was wondering on where i fell on bidding residential....I normally go around 15 or 20 on smaller yards and on the big ones i go around 30-50....still alittle new at all this and wanted to know if I was bidding to high or to low, ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE GREAT!:waving:
  2. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Depends on what you call small and bigger. Personally I never stopped for less than $25 no matter how small the prop. IMO, you bidding too low and short changing yourself out of extra $$ on every cut. On the other hand it depends on how badly you need the work. I lowballed when I first started to get a full schedule and have some cash flow. Then when my schedule was full I big high and took out the lowest props until I was set up well.
  3. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    Well, this is my second year, last year i did it for some extra money, but now i am serious, this is what i want to do for my career! So to be succesful i don't want to take it in the a** on my prices, so i was think about raising them!
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    How big of a lawn you talking about, Square footage I mean:confused:
  5. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    That is a good question. Smaller to some may be around a 1/4 acre, and to others 1/2 acre. Bigger could be 1 acre and to others may be 3+ acres.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I thought this was about the size of the operator and wanted to see where my bony butt fit in :)
  7. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    It all depends on where you live I am in a metro/suburban area and for lots under 1/4 acre or 10,560 feet I charge $30.00 dollars and I am one of the lowest priced legal lawn services in the area. if you live in area hit hard by an economic reccession then your prices are fine if you live In a metro/suburban area that is doing fine than you are to low how much are the houses worth where you live the ones I am cutting go anywhere from 98,000.00 to 130,000.00.
  8. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    oh yeah and I am counting total lot size including the house most of my properties are from 7,000 to 9,500 square feet
  9. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    so what is the lowest most of ytou guys go on your houses???

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