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Old 06-13-2013, 06:25 PM
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First major bid - Any help is appreciated

Was contacted by a company that has many vacant lots in our city. 30 of them to be exact. I would like someone to tell me if my bid is realistic or not.
  • No trees
  • No fences
  • No structures
  • Curb and sidewalk for most (w/ treelawn)
  • Average lot size: 6770 sq ft
  • Lots are within 5 minutes of each other

The total square footage is right at 200,000 (30 lots)

I'm thinking $630 per week for weekly cuts. Am I even close on this one?

I feel like a noob. Sorry.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:38 PM
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$21.00 per lot? how long will it take you to do one, like 20 minutes? might not be so bad then i guess. I got a call like that last week, but they wanted them mowed 3 times a year. lol. passed on that one.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:46 PM
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Was contacted by a company that has many vacant lots in our city. 30 of them to be exact. I would like someone to tell me if my bid is realistic or not.
  • No trees
  • No fences
  • No structures
  • Curb and sidewalk for most (w/ treelawn)
  • Average lot size: 6770 sq ft
  • Lots are within 5 minutes of each other

The total square footage is right at 200,000 (30 lots)

I'm thinking $630 per week for weekly cuts. Am I even close on this one?

I feel like a noob. Sorry.
There are not too many vacant lots in any city that are not reclaimed lots. If the grass is high, I would walk the lots to see what debris or trash is on the lots, because there was probably a building on the lot at one time. If there are chunks of concrete , bricks or wood, it will be a nightmare
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:11 PM
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There are not too many vacant lots in any city that are not reclaimed lots. If the grass is high, I would walk the lots to see what debris or trash is on the lots, because there was probably a building on the lot at one time. If there are chunks of concrete , bricks or wood, it will be a nightmare
Second that.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:29 AM
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Might want to reconsider

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Was contacted by a company that has many vacant lots in our city. 30 of them to be exact. I would like someone to tell me if my bid is realistic or not.
  • No trees
  • No fences
  • No structures
  • Curb and sidewalk for most (w/ treelawn)
  • Average lot size: 6770 sq ft
  • Lots are within 5 minutes of each other

The total square footage is right at 200,000 (30 lots)

I'm thinking $630 per week for weekly cuts. Am I even close on this one?

I feel like a noob. Sorry.
Sounds like a lot of work for the proposal you are considering. A lot of great advice already shared here by others. Have you thought about how many hours it will take to run the route? There are many variables in this proposal that you have no control over. I would reconsider the price personally. It seems low but I do not know your cost per hour of operation or the expected profit margin that you desire.

In many markets, that type of work seems to get cheaper every year.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:24 AM
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30 vacant lots is too vague to know. I'm guessing that these are undeveloped lots a builder has? If so, it's going to be rough terrain with debris scattered about. Not something I'd take a prized mower on.

If I'm wrong, and these have been maintained...shoot, you should be able to zip through these in no time. There aren't many things I'd do for $21, but you'd be able to do 3-4/hr. I'd jump on that.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:52 AM
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I'm surprised vacant lots need to be mowed weekly.

Did you bid? Did you win? If not, what was the winning bid?
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