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What would you bid this cemetary

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by holyshnikies, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. holyshnikies

    holyshnikies LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 51

    35 acre cemetary, one cemetary is all old headstones and the other is all new flat headstones. Both are about the same size, there is also one funeral home about half an hour away and it's 2 1/2 acre. what would you guys bid on it?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I'd have to get an idea first how much trimming is involved (ie, how many headstones).
  3. holyshnikies

    holyshnikies LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 51

    Theres about 3,500 headstones on the older side and prob 2,500 on the newer side
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    LOL...can you say "Roundup"?
  5. holyshnikies

    holyshnikies LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 51

  6. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    2750 per cut have fun
  7. deereman

    deereman LawnSite Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 518

    We currently have two under contracts. both of them similar but priced way different. Would have to see.
  8. Groundkeeperz

    Groundkeeperz LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 18

    just guessin I would say Id be right around $2000 to $2500 per cut
    I would guess that you would be at less than an acre per man hour no matter what kind of equipment you have.
    So lets say that it takes you 40 man hours to do it all.
    4 men one full day.
    40 x 50.00 = $2000.00
    basically what they call a wild ### guess
  9. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    Heck, I normally charge $60/acre on a regular residential with a normal amount of trimming. There's no way I would only charge $53 to $73 / acre on two cemetaries. That's 37.5 acres total with 6000 headstones, a lot of walkways, and an extrordinarily long drive to trim. With something like that I wouldn't even consider it for less than $115/acre. If I don't get the bid I'm not too heartbroken. At least I won't be loosing valuable time which ='s $$$. If I do get it...then great.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I mow a 1 acre cemetary with 300 stones, and it takes me at least 4 to 5times as long to do that acre as it does to do regular mowing acres. I agree. $115 minimum per acre, and even then when it is 98 degrees out side, and you have been battling the string trimmer for a few hrs. you are going to wonder if that was enough.

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