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Old 07-27-2012, 10:21 PM
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I just lost a bid to brickman. I think they run a 5-10% profit margin which i cannot compete with!
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:04 AM
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:24 PM
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I just lost a bid to brickman. I think they run a 5-10% profit margin which i cannot compete with!
Brickman and ValleyCrest have been kicking my tail on commercial properties for the last three years. Now ValleyCrest is going after high end residential.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:12 PM
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Brickman and ValleyCrest have been kicking my tail on commercial properties for the last three years. Now ValleyCrest is going after high end residential.
That's a joke. If you see the work they do here, they would be fired just as quick as they got hired. Not sure of your idea of high-end resi, but I look at that as minimum 500/mo
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:40 PM
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That's a joke. If you see the work they do here, they would be fired just as quick as they got hired. Not sure of your idea of high-end resi, but I look at that as minimum 500/mo
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:44 PM
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3 acres of Zoysia, lots of landscaping,32 zone irrigation inspected quarterly,125 yd crushed granite driveway to maintain,creeping fig 25 feet high to be maintained every two weeks,formal garden ect . I bid $1275 per month, they bid $900.00
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:00 PM
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3 acres of Zoysia, lots of landscaping,32 zone irrigation inspected quarterly,125 yd crushed granite driveway to maintain,creeping fig 25 feet high to be maintained every two weeks,formal garden ect . I bid $1275 per month, they bid $900.00
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wow, not sure of your area...but on a place like that....I would be around 3-K/mo.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:06 PM
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wow, not sure of your area...but on a place like that....I would be around 3-K/mo.
Not gonna happen here. Only $3000 residentially here would be a farm.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:13 PM
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Not gonna happen here. Only $3000 residentially here would be a farm.
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well, dont feel bad....they do such poor work you will prob get called back....i recently lost a bid on a 3/4 acre property...10 ft fichus on both sides of property...32 coconut palms to be done 2x/year....lots of other palms, ligustrums, bougie,vines,etc....my bid...2069/mo...the winning bid...900/mo. i did overbid by a couple hundred bucks but that was bc i knew i wasnt going to get it and the guy was a jerk...but i def didnt overbid by 1100.....
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:47 PM
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Debt is a tool that needs to be used correctly. If used improperly and you become over leveraged, one bad year can put you out of business. That being said, financing equipment to be able to expand your business can be a great investment.

Always keep in mind you current cash situation, and how it will be in 12 months. Money can always be invested in marketing your company to grow it. You need to know the return on the money you reinvest in your business and compare it to the interest rate of the financing.
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