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Old 02-06-2013, 11:32 AM
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Bidding an Apartment Complex

First I would like to say I love you guys on this site you'll help me so much. Ok with that being said I am bidding on a apartment complex and need a few pointers on a few things. I have finally got my budget down to how much I need to make an hour and I will put them below. I am bidding on on complex that has 89000 sq ft of property. I have firgured it would take me comfortably 3 hours to mow, edge, weedeat, and blow this property. At 40 dollars an hour I can cover all of my expenses including salariesfor the season. My profit margin is currently set at 25 dollars an hour. There will most likely be no mulching. There is 360 linear ft of Shrubs on the property. to trim and dump clipping I gave my self a comfortable two hors to do it.So this means . . . .

ABC Apartments

89,00 square ft or 2.1 acres ( 55% of property grass )

360 ln ft of shrubs

My bid

Mowing ( which includes mowing edging trimming and blowing )

65 X 3 = 195

Shrub trimming

65 X 2 = 130 = $30 dumping fee = 160 when maybe twice a year.

Finally my question is should I cut some of my profit to make the bid cheaper and bid it that way or should I stick to my formula and bid it as I have it?? also how do you guys charge for removing debris ( such as tree limbs etc. ) from a property before mowing. This one i believe will have enough limbs that I may have to move them before every cut which can take some time on 2.1 acres of land?

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:02 PM
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Why would you lower a bid. You are cutting your own throat
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:09 PM
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You have to stick to your guns. Every time I have reduced rates on something it seems the client later does something to ruin a tight margin.

IE, I agreed to reduce the level of services and tighten up a bid on an existing client. I did this based on 12 months of work. They took the cut then 3 months later said, oh btw, no service in December and Jan. My rational for lowering the bid was it was year round work.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:52 PM
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your calculations are in month totals right?
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:07 PM
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No those are biweekly rates for the mowing. The trimming depends how often they wanna use it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:12 PM
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Why are they changing vendors? what were they paying the last vendor? why did he leave? how much project work can I expect, is this a year round contract? Profit margins are in percents, not dollars.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:17 PM
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Its a yearly bid. Dont know what the previous vendor bid is or was. Any suggestions on how I should find out
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:36 PM
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And percentages can be calculated into dollars. I offered to bid. AND MY DOLLAR'S COME FROM MY PROJECTED BUDGET. BUT THANKS ANYWAY.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:42 PM
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Go with month totals.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:49 PM
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Ok. Why do suggest that? Im just curious to know. Thanks.
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