Thread: Bid question
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:55 AM
kranker022 kranker022 is offline
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First of all, thanks for the replies so far anyone. I am a constant reader here, but do not post very often. I was expecting to get the whole criticism "if you cant bid it dont do it" bla bla.

No I am not a solo operator, but being the only one in my company with the correct license I would end up doing the work personally. The cars would not be moved, and I highly doubt they expect to spray underneath the cars. This is actually a police impound lot. The last guy they had was a solo op and the sergeant told me he never sprayed even though it was included into the bid. He would send a guy out with a little pumpaction backpack sprayer which would hardly hit anything. That is why they are looking for someone else. He is not looking for an absolute cleanup job, but keep the weeds down enough so it isnt looking like a junkyard. My inside source was able to get me a figure as to what the total bid was for last season ($5,100), and I know what he charged just for the grass cutting on a weekly basis. When I run my own figures, I can see the grass cutting only amounting to approx $3k of the total bill...leaving an extra $2k for what I presume to be the spraying and whatnot? It strikes me as a fairly profitable account as far as the mowing. I can not see 2 guys spending more than 30 minutes on site bringing in about $100.

I know every business costs are different, but I am just looking for some approx ballpark figures what you guys think it would run? I have a general idea in my head but just wondering where I am standing. Like I said, I am figuring on using a towbehind 60gallon sprayer with an ATV. I do not have a spray truck designed specifically for this type of work.

They do not want an hourly basis, they want a blanket price to take care of the weeds coming out 3x a year.

Thanks again guys
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