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Old 03-05-2006, 03:09 PM
instyle instyle is offline
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when you bid commercial...do you....

Do you break down the cost of everything? Or do you give them a grand total?

like....

cut and trim----$45
Leave clean up---$75
Bed edging---$35

--or--
Cut and trim, leave clean up, bed edging --- $155.

which do you do?
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Old 03-05-2006, 03:15 PM
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I think you meant 'leaf' cleanup, not 'leave cleanup'. There is a HUGE difference there. Why would you charge to 'leave cleanup'?

But to answer your Q I itemize everything. Only sum a total when doing a package deal.
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Old 03-05-2006, 03:16 PM
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The second one if it was me, then your customer can't say "well your leaf clean up is $10 less than the other guy but you want an extra $5 for bed-edging, so just do the leaf clean up and we'll have him do the leaves."

At least thats how I look at it.
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Old 03-05-2006, 03:33 PM
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They want it broken down into catagories, usually like these:

Lawn (price for season with # of estimated cuts)
Spring clean up
Fall clean up
Flowers (per flat, # of mums, etc)
Shrub trimming (2-3 times a season)
Weeding/edging of beds and sidewalks
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Old 03-05-2006, 03:46 PM
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I agree with Dixie. That is how I break it down. Sometimes they ask for more but rarely.
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:53 PM
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Mowing and fert is usually priced out...Why don't you just ask the customer what they want? I guess that is how I usually bid everything.
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:55 PM
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Mow and edge
Fert
Hourly leaf (otherwise you are screwing yourself)
Bed maintenance
hedges
other misc that they require.
add all
divide by 12
monthly payment.
All commercial are on a yearly contract. Period. No accept ions.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:11 PM
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Grand total, 12 month contract all rolled into one.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:53 PM
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All your commercial accounts you wont there business right ?well there is an idea that we do on a yearly accounts set it up as a yearly accounts with lawn maint and leaves and debis removal that way it hits winter you still eat and a monthly checks rolling in while all you do is be seen picking up paper or mulching you leaves with a zero turn mower drop the deck down 2inches drive like your mowing the property blowing all the leaves in a pile then mulch it down to dust then spread it around it disapears and you dont have to bag or haul off leaves.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:03 PM
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i give em 2 prices on the same bid sheet :

standard service : mow ,trim ,edge ,blow ,overseed ,light debris removal .

complete maint : all of ^^^^^ plus fert ,weed control ,mulch .

but i never ever break it all down into price per service they pay for a package .
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