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dapozer
01-31-2006, 11:14 PM
I just went and looked a a commercial property in colorado that has 3 acres of grass, 50 ponderosa pine trees and 6 small beds. I bid at $589 week to include mow, trim, blow, fertilize, sprinkler maintenance, flower bed maintenance, tree triming, and trash pickup. What do you think? This should be a 32-38 week season and snow removal will be bid at the end of summer. Thoughts?
shawn

LwnmwrMan22
01-31-2006, 11:20 PM
I think you're about $300 / week too high.

I also haven't seen the property, don't know what you have for equipment, have no idea what the market / competition is like in your area, or what your expenses are going to be on the property.

With that said, I also have no idea what you've built into that bid as far as profit margin.

BUT, if you're happy with it, so am I.

McClain
01-31-2006, 11:28 PM
sounds like a good bid. hope you get it.

JB1
01-31-2006, 11:31 PM
Sounds good to me, but then again I don't give out bids to anybody where I don't see what I'm bidding on, I don't see how anybody can say its a good or bad bid without seeing it and knowing all the other variables.

OnMyOwn
01-31-2006, 11:33 PM
We need more information for a qualified response. It is hard to propose a number for comparison without seeing the property. For example...is it a bear- infested, natural wild life preserve?:gunsfirin

dapozer
01-31-2006, 11:42 PM
its a typical standalon 3 story biz center with trees arounf the building and lots of open area, however it does have a 1.5 acre section of grass on a pretty good hill that I will have to do. I will doing this with a 36' scag wb and am a solo op. I would have to say that 35-40% of the mowing area will have trees to deal with.

OnMyOwn
01-31-2006, 11:46 PM
Sounds like a "good" bid for you. Like one of the guys said earlier, do you feel like you are in an upscale area where clients are willing to pay for professional service? On the other hand, are you in a saturated market where every LCO is cutting throats for business?

lawn_pro
01-31-2006, 11:46 PM
hard call, sounds competitive...bed maintenance might get ya.

Flex-Deck
02-01-2006, 01:33 AM
I just went and looked a a commercial property in colorado that has 3 acres of grass, 50 ponderosa pine trees and 6 small beds. I bid at $589 week to include mow, trim, blow, fertilize, sprinkler maintenance, flower bed maintenance, tree triming, and trash pickup. What do you think? This should be a 32-38 week season and snow removal will be bid at the end of summer. Thoughts?
shawn

Lets See - That is basically $200 per acre. We blow the sprinklers out once a year. Fertilizer etc, not that much on 3 acres - Just how much trimming does a ponderosa pine take, And we have McClain, who just posted at thread wondering if $185 per acre was ok on an open 22 acre field, and he is the only one that agrees with your bid.

I say - If you guys can get these bids at these rediculous figures, I want to move to your area and subcontract. I will only charge you $150 per acre, you can sell all your equipment, and sit by the pool and Make $35-50 per acre per week.

cochino12
02-01-2006, 01:39 AM
hey Shawn(un) sorry for the spelling. Give me a call

lawnboy67
02-01-2006, 01:49 AM
I really need to move there. Thats about 3.5 times higher than what we can get over here along the lake.

Prideland
02-01-2006, 02:30 AM
Where in West MI. do you live Lawnboy ?

McClain
02-01-2006, 05:07 AM
yes I made a mistake on that post. I ment $85.00 an acre and its not open its alot of trimming and blowing and trash..............

chuck bow
02-01-2006, 07:57 AM
Over here in Hoosier land for a 3 acree place i now do for a mow trim and blow and very little trash pu i get 175.00 a cut and that is pushing the market( i have 2 of these just about alike ) Fert and Squirt is extra.