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What Should I Bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TopNotchLS, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. TopNotchLS

    TopNotchLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I going to place a bid on 25.6 acres.
    2 Fire departments 1 acre a piece. 2 cemeteries:5acres and 3acres both have up right markers [/B]and all have to be trimmed around. 3 parks 10 acres, 5 acres, and last 1 acre. I do everything myself. 30mile round trip. Last yours bid was $680 WOW. I thought about doing it for $780.
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    thats about 30 per acre.....doesnt sound too bad......depending on the trimming and all
    come on man, your cost plus your profit margin..... :)

    i can see you... the monroe cooling towers anyway..:laugh:
  3. lasher66

    lasher66 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Sounds quite cheap to me. From past experience and reading lots of threads, I heard anywhere from 50 to 75 a acre is what most people are trying to get. By the way, I am a Toledo guy too. Born and raised in Toledo, but now I live in Holland just outside Toledo.

  4. YGWBill

    YGWBill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    25.6 acers for 780.00 how long do you think it will take?
  5. TopNotchLS

    TopNotchLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Well this is my biggest bid I have given so far. The largest lawn I do now is .8acres. I mow, weed eat, and blow of the driveway in 35mins. So I'm hoping to do 2 acres/hr. which my mower is able to do. I want to get it done in 2 days. So between 16-20hrs.
  6. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    $780.00 per week won't even touch the headaches from the cemeteries alone. Walk away...No, RUN!
  7. TopNotchLS

    TopNotchLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I've had 5yrs experience at a cemetary. There is only the one cemetary I'm not looking forward to doing if I give them my bid. The cemetary is 5 acres 3/4 the way developed. All uprights, I'm use to markers that are flush with the ground. I broke it down and I would still come home with $330 for 2 days worth of work. I'm doing this all myself. Also what type of advertising do you do. I would like to stay in business by my self. So I won't have the headaches. So I don't want to drive 20-30miles for one lawn. I'm going to start going door to door for commerical customers tommorrow.
  8. Husky05

    Husky05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    $780 dollar for almost 27 acreas of property? Plus 2 cementaries? I dont know your situation but that doesnt sound like a good contract/estimate. That seems pretty low, plus you are going to do it all yourself? Trimming in the cementaries will take 16-20 hrs alone. I would bail on that job.
  9. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    27 acres a week solo? Think wet, heavy rainstorms and thick, juicy overgrowth...Don't chase a dollar to make a penny..I'd walk, but if you really need it, and nothing any of us say or know will dissuade you from it, go for it and best of luck....:waving:
  10. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    i think you are underestimating the labor at the cemetarys. It will take as long to trim as mowing and then blowing off the headstones could be a factor.
    330 for 2 days a work will put you in the poor house quick. I think it will take you at least 3 long days maybe even 4 decent days by yourself.
    I had a chance to bid on something like this before. Township properties. I thought I was giving a cheap bid and it was 4 times what the winning bid went for. I notice every year there is somebody new loosing thier behind.

    I do a 2 acre cemetary with uprights for 200 and it takes 4 hours busting balls if that helps any.

    By the way, I can make much more than 330 per day by myself and so can you. Don't go for the bid cuz it is a large amount of work. Get yourself some smaller props that want to pay and make some real jack.

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