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Bidding 106 houses in a neighborhood:

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dman911, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Iam trying to bid on 106 houses next door to each other. I figure that each house will take about 10-15min w/3man crew(average yard around 2,500sft),also shrubs and prunning, any suggestions on what I should bid would be very much appreciated.

  2. TurnGreen1

    TurnGreen1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    You are asking an open ended question. Getting an answer on what you should bid without knowing the other variables is useless. Besides I get more per sqft then you. So my price would be different. You best bet is figure what your bottom line cost is to do the job. Then what you can accept to profit from the job. There is your number!
  3. hockeypro1411

    hockeypro1411 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 271

    Price 10 houses at random, average those prices. Multiply by 106 for a grand total.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    Bid it like you bid a normal house. I agree with hockeypro, just go look at a few different random ones and average the price then multiply by 106. But I would knock off 10-15% of your regular price since they are all so close like that. If you know how to work efficiently you will make a ton of profit having a huge cluster like that.
  5. Kutz Lawns

    Kutz Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    $40 per house X 106 = $4240.00

    ADVANCEDOHIO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I'm with the other guys.... Figure out what you normally charge, multiply it by 106, and then I would prob consider a good discount since you will have limited travel time expenses involved and you will 106 customers to upsell additional services to. This could be a very good bid to get ahold of. DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT!!!! It should still be all business at the end of the day.
  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,753

    This won't be helpful except to focus your thinking: Do you really need a 3-man crew on properties of 2500 sq ft? Most everyone, so far, have commented on the mowing but we have no way to comment on "shrub pruning" which you are supposed to include. How many shrubs, what size, what kind?
    Best thing on a job of this scope is to narrow it down to average cost of the pruning just the like the other posters said about mowing.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    With your numbers...your 3 man crew cuts and trims 1 acre in 3 Hrs and 40 Min..

    You must be using a 21" mowers if you can't cut 2500sq/ft in under ten minutes with a 3 man crew...That's god awful slow.

    3 guys should seriously be able to cut 2500 sq/ft in 5 min tops....With hydros of course.

    Do the shrubs and pruning on scheduled days when your not mowing.
  9. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Thanks guys, there is alot of response, and it is greatly appreciated. I do have to use 21'' mowers, cant get anything larger through gates and neighborhood rules wont let me use riders in front. There are about 4-5 shrubs per house to trim.
  10. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    ouch...have fun with that....to me i wouldnt take the job if i had to use 21" pushers......no profit....I wanna be in and out as fast as possible

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