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Old 03-03-2004, 08:34 PM
Smitty58 Smitty58 is offline
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Skyline Chili bid 1st comm. need help

I placed approx 20 flyers in an upscale subdivision today. I spoke face to face when possible and left flyers when not. No more than 1 hour after I got home I got a call from a guy wanting a bid on edgeing and mulch but no mowing. Than he asked me if I did commercial property. I haven't got into comm. yet but I told him I would like to and I have plenty of insurance to do it. He then told me he owns 3 Skyline Chili's in the area and would I like to bid on them? Of course I said yes. Now since I have not done any commercial bidding I could use some help. Do you price commercial props any differently or just figure how long it would take and price accordingly?
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:22 PM
lawnman_scott lawnman_scott is offline
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Its a thought that commercial will pay lots more than residential, an incorrect thought. Just price it as anything else. The thing I like is we can do the early in the morning when we cant do residential.
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Old 03-04-2004, 12:01 AM
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MacLawnCo MacLawnCo is offline
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do you have work in the areas where all 3 locations are? He probably wants a low bid since he thinks he has "volume". Unless you have other work in all 3 areas, id pass honestly... or at least charge him for drive time (dont include your unused variable costs in that drive time rate though)
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Old 03-04-2004, 08:46 AM
Smitty58 Smitty58 is offline
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Mac- I don't currently have any work in the areas these 3 stores are in. I'm thinking this could lead to work in those areas once I land these ,plus he has a large home I hope to get as well. So the question I guess is do I try to add for drive time or not and hope I get more work from these. By the way Mac you are not to far from me ,I'm in Trenton.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:05 AM
Birddog Lawncare Birddog Lawncare is offline
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I think I would do it for FREE year round SkyLine Chilli. I'm probably come out on top.
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:19 AM
Hopper1124 Hopper1124 is offline
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Some advice Skyline is looking for the lowest price possible, and no care about quality. Don't low ball them tell them this is your best price, tell them your paying for quality like their chili not Gold Star. My buddy Family own several Skylines, since they went Corporate they have been a mess.
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