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Bid on 13 apartments

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by accuratelawn, Feb 24, 2000.

  1. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    Today we measured 13 different apartments complexes that are owned by the same company.<br>They range in size from .5 acre to 4.8.<br>We figured on 28 mowings per season. April to end October. Allowing for weekly service in the Spring. We figure to stretch it out to 10 to 14 days when the heat of summer arrives.<br>In the bid should the price per mowing be listed or a monthly figure (28 divided by 7 months)?<br>What are some things these large companies look for in a bid. specifics. The price per mowing range from $35 to $275.<br>Anyones thaughts on how best to present this?<br>Thanks in advance!!
  2. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Go with monthly figures and an annual contract including fertilizing and snow plowing as well (if you get enough snow down there). Prepare yourself for annoying complaints from the residents. You can't please everyone all of the time, and that's a lot of people to try to please. Usually it's worse when they're condominium apartments since everyone living there feels they should have a say on everything going on onsite. But hey, it's nice to land a bunch of properties all in one shot. Good Luck.<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>
  3. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    i dont have any advice for you, sorry. i would like to tell you good luck, that sounds like a really good acct. to lan, again GOOD LUCK<p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
  4. ashlandscaping

    ashlandscaping Banned
    Posts: 113

    Go with a monthly price for total srvices. Add up for cutting trimming of bushes any and all services that need to be done and then submitted it in. Tell of all the services that are being done for the price but dont break it down to a per cut price. Good luck
  5. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
    Posts: 309

    Why don't you break it down in price for your client? You know what it costs why should't they?
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Also figure in some time for picking up a lot of garbage. We did some appartments years ago and they can get littered in a weeks time. Thought this bit of advice might help and didn't see it in the above replies.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
  7. Doug406

    Doug406 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    If you do not break it down to per cut price than your competition will have a harder time outdoing your bid.
  8. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    I would ask the company how they want the bid to be written,do they have a bid specification sheet?This way everyone is on the same page.I am working on a city bid that has 5 areas to be mowed,They have asked for a price for each location and a total price for all{per cut}<p>----------<br>John <br>
  9. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    Go with the monthly price.<br>Good luck.<p>Karl
  10. fireball

    fireball LawnSite Member
    from ne Pa
    Posts: 172

    all of the above is true. Apartment owners are businessman like us. They pay attention to the bottom line and want the best job for the cheapest price. They don't want someone who does a poor job that causes their complaint line in their office to ring. However if you save them a couple of thousand dollars they are content to let it ring. Quote a monthly figure that stipulates the grass will not exceed 4 inches. This way if there is a hot spell, they are asking for money back. If you get into nogotions, then you can reveal 28 cuts but if you reveal it upfront they will try to get it down lower by asking the question what happens if you cut it 25 times. The owner(He is succesful because he owns 13)will know exactly what he pays per year and if you are not cheaper then they rarely change contractors.<br>What was said earlier about litter is so true. The inner city getto has less litter than some apartment complexs. Section 8 housing is the worse. The renters think that they throw their trash toward the dumpster, that constitutes taking out the trash.the quickest way to the dumpster is out the window. The amount of litter actually follows the seasons with winter being the least(when you bid the property) and the week after the fourth of July(when you start to question why you are working outside). Those firecrackers produce thousands of little bits of paper. Food for discussion: is a week old watermellon rind just as bad as a fresh filled condom? Just be aware that litter is a significant problem<br>The renters will come up and complain to you because you are the only one on site. They rarely call the main office or owner because they are lazy. After all, you are responsible for the bees flying around the dumpster or their windows being dirty(they were clean 12 years ago when they moved in and the only thing that has changed is you the grasscutter, your fault and what are you gonna do about it). My best advice is listen to the complaint politely and with interest and move on, the owner don,t care and he is the one paying the bills. The well kept senior citizens apartments will have more complaints(your men are wearing red shirts when they always had green shirts before)or(they never, never ever cut the grass before my nap time).<p>other truths<br>1.Apartments are always easier than condos but condos are where the money is.<br>2.Your truck is always parked in my spot.<br>3.Its your fault<br>4.Owners always pay their bills if you stipulate in your contract. The fastest way to a owners mind is through a zonning officier or health inspector. They do not like paying relocation expenses for tenants after a health inspector slaps an unfit for habitation order on the building(maggots in the hallways usually accomplishes this and besides you don't know how they got there, but you did warn them about the possibility. Most health guys can't tell the difference between grubs and maggots, but they are the biggest ones he ever saw.

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