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Old 01-20-2013, 11:25 AM
Sharps_lawn&landscaping Sharps_lawn&landscaping is offline
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priced town homes. surprised at larger companies prices.

I bid a street of town homes recently. I have about five guys that work with me during the year and know what it takes to cover cost. Just on the mowing I had figured it would take three men two hours if everything went just so. With that being said they want a price per cut broke down. I came in at 270 but about four other larger companies were coming in around 200,230,240,285. I really felt like it should have been more around the 300 range. I feel a lot of larger groups have low balled the commercial prices down over the years and the hoa's want premier service at a cheap price. We'll see what happens
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:06 PM
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You guys were all in the ballpark. If someone bid $50 per mow I would call that lowballing.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:20 PM
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priced town homes. surprised at larger companies prices.

Well there was two in the 190 range but it use to pay above 300. I knew someone that lived in there. But I figured I would be the highest . Just hate to think three years ago it paid x amount and now pays a lot less if you figured it on a certain amount of visits. It could add up to 2000 less a year. Just saying I wish no one would lower the costs since times are more expensive to run.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:31 PM
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It's like that everywhere. I've been underbid by 90k before. The companies bid wouldn't have covered my payroll to do the job, apparently it didn't cover his because he gave up the contract. These things work themselves out over time.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:34 PM
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Yelp pretty cheap, you came in at $35.00. No much meat on the bone at that.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:57 PM
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No i came in at 45.00 per man hour. You really never know until you do the work how long it will take. I'd rather be a little high than figure it cheap. I've been down the road pricing things to close, you will end up being out of business.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:10 PM
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Yelp you are right. When I figure price I will do reverse math. I figure $1 hour for this and $1 hour for that and I just figured yours on $10 hour for extra's leaving $35 each for man hours.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:37 PM
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It isn't bad money. So by what you are saying is if i was paying 35 an hour for this and that and it took two hours that would be 70.00 paid out. Leaving me with a 200 dolllar profit in two hours. How would 100.00 an hour be no meat on the bone? I pay my guys any where from 10 to 14 an hour. Realistically, with labor and fuel costs you would be looking at around 40.00 an hour cost operating. Thats why it is important to try and bunch your properties on a good route with little drive time.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:47 PM
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Man, I thought I was low at 54 hour for a property like that. I just bid another at that price and I know I'm less than the current lco. I won't know til march or so when they have their meeting.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:35 PM
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Your making back room profit on this job. How many lawns and miles would you put in to make the same amount? One stop and less fuel costs driving around.
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