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Bid--not to get

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassdaddy, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    Anyone go to bid a job, and it's so awful,that you bid it so high ,you know they'll never go for it??
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    All the time. I figure if I am going to get stuck doing it, I am at least going to make it worth my while. :cool:
  3. Yeah, and they took the bid, I had to tell them I am booked up now.
  4. hoffmanlandscaping

    hoffmanlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    Yeah I've done that before on a lady yard that hadn't been mowed for about two month. See wanted it cut and the grass picked up. The yard was approx. 12,000 sq ft. and the grass was about 2 foot tall. I told her that I couldn't mow that with my mowers (Theu probally would have knocked it down but not worth the wear on the mowers). I told her it needed bush hogged. Then I would mow and pick up the grass for $300 one time deal. I couldn't believe it when he said O.K. and she would have it bush hogged. Took me 3 hours to get the grass mowed and picked up! Every one that I bid high and don't want I almost always end up with. But the good part is I make a killing at them.
  5. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    those are the ones i usually get!!hahah
  6. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    Yup, done that. If it's hard to figure exactly, go high. Sometimes they take it, sometimes not. either way, it's OK.

  7. grshppr

    grshppr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    All the time. I figure if the job is going to be a pain to do, I want to make good $$$ on it. Then at least when we are slaving away on it, when its done I can smile when I send the bill.:D
  8. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    I think most of us have been there. Over pricing jobs and getting them. Then thinking, I should of asked for more! Trouble is, we dont know how much the last guy wanted! Oh well, Its money all the same!
  9. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    A lady told me the other day "I'm willing to pay $50 for 5 hours labor". I told her to "catch one of the neighborhood kids as they pass on their bikes and ask them"!
  10. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 378

    Did it just this week. A buddy of mine in the business and I were comparing notes on bids. We both had the same house. I asked him what he bid and he replied about $287.00/month and that she wouldn't be calling him anytime soon. I said she would be calling him before she ever called me because I bid it at $340.00 a month. We both decided independently from the voice mail that she was a major PITA.

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