My friends Dad is the president of a school for mentally challenged people. He asked me last year if I wanted the contract to do 4 seperate facilities, one of which is much larger, one is a small office building, and the other 2 are schools. 3 of the buildings are within 4 miles of each other the furthest from me about 12 miles away. The other is about 2 miles from me. They were not satisfied with the company last year and are accepting bids till friday but he has said so long as I'm in the ballpark with the rest the job is as good as mine. Problem...I've never bid a job this big. Do I feel like I'm capable of it, yes. Is it too much to chew, might be a big piece but I know I can swallow it. They didn't give me any contract they have or site specs which I know is common with commercials involving multiple sites. First site is the largest. I measured total mowing at 90,000sqft, or just over 2 acres. About 1 hour of trimming and blowing. And 50 shrubs, 40less then 4 feet, and 10 around 10-15 feet. And 10 yards of mulch with minimal spring cleaning. I was thinking around $120 for mow, and $60 for trim/blow=$180/week. $180/week*28 weeks(25 cuts plus 3 double cuts in fall)=$5040 for weekly. Mulch-$55/yard installed*10=$550 plus $350 for spring cleanup=$900 Shrubs-$20/shrub*40=$800+10*$30=$300 Overall=$6300/year Second site is small. 1/10 of acre mowing equals $45/week*28=$1260 2 yards mulch=$110 spring clean-up=$90 5 shrubs@20$=$100 Total=$1500 call it Third site is 1/3 acre. $60/week*28=$1680 3 yards mulch=$165 8 shrubs=$160 Spring clean-up=$150 Total=$2100 Last site is 1/3 acre also. $60/week*28=$1680 No mulch 4 large shrubs @$40*4=$160 Total=$1850 4 sites total =$11750 I plan on breaking it down in the bid this same way in greater detail, itemizing each loaction with a bottom line for all 4. There is no flower garden upkeep and the property manager says parking lot sweeping is not needed. Does this seem like an accurate estimate based on the sizes of the property? And would is the shrub prices seem accurate, one trim for the year? I may make the first site $200 weekly. Should I cut money off the bottom line as part of a package deal, I already have several residentials near the 3 sites farthest from me so it will be one day in that area with minimal driving. What other information do I need to include in the bid? Proof of insurance? I don't have any commercials to get references from either, any recomendations? Thanks guys, any help is greatly appreciated, I have till Friday but said I'll have it in by Tuesday. I'll post pics of the large site once I upload them.