7 acres bidding war

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutrite, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    A guy from my church, called me and asked me to bid on a 7 acres park with 2 retention ponds. Since I've got 38 yards to mow, and I'm a solo op I wasn't going to bid on it. Especially since I only have a 48" Bradley and a 36" snapper. Yes I could have rent something until I could get something bigger ,but I didn't want to do that. Anyways I see the guy Sunday at church and I figured I would ask how much the winning bid was. I was going to price at $350. He told me that 2 lco both bid $300. So they got in a bidding war. The final winning bid was $220.I couldn't believe that price.That's the kind of crap I'm putting up with in northern Ohio. That includes trimming also.Would any one else mow that much for so little?
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    It is kinda like an auction. Some people leave their brains at the door.

    There is no job I have ever bid that I wanted bad enough to lose money on.
  3. ludwiglawncare

    ludwiglawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    I feel your pain here in East Liverpool, Ohio. Some of the companies here are working for nearly nothing. I refuse to lower standards. Quality will come out on top.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    $220 comes out to $62.50/ hr in my book using a 52" or 60" ZTR.

    Not exactly lowballing................
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    I'd probably be around the $250 mark. Two people.. two hours.. equals $62.50/hr per man
  6. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I know i would not even think about goin lower than $350.00.
  7. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    I was working with 1 person at 3.5 hours.............
    Pretty close................
  8. duramaximizer

    duramaximizer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Heck I would do it for 200 easy and it is advertisment for all of the little old ladies in the church when they know how nice of a job you do then they ask you to do theres. There is more at stake doing a church than doing an individual house. I don't see it as stupid at all, they could get another 10 money making jobs easy off this one. Sounds like an extremely smart business decision.

    Then again I am a kid, what do I know? :rolleyes:
  9. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    I guess you should be thankful that you can achieve those numbers then.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I'm not interested in any more big jobs (solo). $315 and I'm not budging.

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