View Full Version : What to include in commercial bids??

06-16-2008, 03:33 PM
This is my first year in business and so far I'm doing mostly residential work. My residential contracts are mostly just mowing, but some contracts have other items such as hedge trimming and weeding. As I get into some commerical properties I was wondering what a bid sheet looks like. Is it mostly just mowing or are there other items as well? If so what other services are provided in these accounts? Thanks

06-16-2008, 03:38 PM
man hours and equipment and material costs.

06-16-2008, 06:18 PM
Go look at the property and figure ot what your scope of work is going to be and word it and price it just how you see and keep in mind that most LCO's talk big $$$ per hour but when it comes to commercial work their price will be a little cheaper so they can get the work. Remember a bid is a bid which means your not going to be the only one shooting numbers their way!

06-16-2008, 06:22 PM
what is your guy's rate for say two guys to do a job ??? i go 50/hr plus material (all material is market up 30 %) I ask cause i did a small install for a car dealership tear out and install of flower beds . . final bill was for $1687 not bad money for 2 days

06-16-2008, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the advice... my hourly rate for two workers is the same as yours

06-16-2008, 06:32 PM
cool . . .i figured thats a pretty good base to work from i add $25 more for each worker

06-16-2008, 10:57 PM
I try to get $100/hr on job with 3 of us. 2 guys $70/hr and don't work solo anymore. when i bid a commercial job, I include each thing that I could possibly make money off of....pine straw/mulch/flowers/hedge trimming/flower bed weed control/basic mowing-edging-and trimming etc/core aeration/sod installation/irrigation/cost for new landsape design and installation per hour etc...

you can also just speak with the person in charge of grounds and ask what all he is looking for in the bid...sometimes they want alot of info and others they just want mowing.

06-16-2008, 11:23 PM
wayyyy tooo Cheep,

06-17-2008, 04:24 AM
wayyyy tooo Cheep,

No kidding

06-17-2008, 07:32 AM
what does the markey bare near houston?

If you want to get a bid around here it's got to be 30.00-35.00 per man hour.

ATL Lawn
06-18-2008, 05:02 PM
fuel cost

You think gas prices high now?