Can anybody bid this...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sunstate Lawn, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Sunstate Lawn

    Sunstate Lawn LawnSite Member
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  2. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sounds like a nice job!! good luck
  3. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you better go see it first or you may be in for a rude awakening.
  4. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think anyone who is in there right mind would want to go look at this first. Nobody could give a good estimate without seeing it. I hope this is what your question is. I was a little confused. If you are interested email him and make an appointment.

    Good Luck
  5. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
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    I used to cut pastures but back then had a big field mower most only wanted every 2 weeks and field grass grows quicker
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I might wonder why they'd put an ad in a free classified section when they could've just called an Lco already.
  7. Sunstate Lawn

    Sunstate Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Thats my first question. I won't bid on this because it's too far away. Also, my gut reaction when I see an ad like this is they are shopping for the lowest bidder.

    Has anybody checked out a craigslist request for a bid?
  8. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Probably because they're CHEAP.
  9. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Actually its not a bad idea.

    Instead of picking up the phone book and calling 10 companies to get estimates, have anyone who is interested call you.

    Saves them time and weeds out the guys who show up and cant or wont do it after they see it.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, see?

    With things like these you'll never get to the bottom of it, there's no telling for sure.
    But I learned when my gut tells me something, watch out.

    It may sound dumb that a business owner would listen to a gut feeling, but since the only way to find out for sure if that feeling is true is to jump in to what could be a hornet's nest, I learned to at least give serious consideration to those back of the mind inklings.

    These kind of warnings exist for a reason, the question in itself came up for that same reason, even if we never know the truth you have to ask yourself, do I really want to stick my neck out?

    Am I really in the mood to find out, do I have to know how this is going to turn out?
    Which, another thing is if it's not 100% cosh before I start, why bother?
    Granted we can't have every job fit 100% perfect every time, but this is a big red flag I would hate to ignore.
    But I won't stop anyone, I just said what was my thoughts on it.

    Yes, and it also puts the customer in charge...

    When working for someone else that isn't such a big deal.
    But when you run your own, you can't have customers taking over, most if not all the time it doesn't work out so good.

    It might be all right, but for myself I wouldn't bother unless I needed the work really bad.
    Then of course that's just bad news too, as I'd likely underbid. :laugh:
    See there, the whole thing snowballs and fast, hence why I just ask, why?

    With estimates the customer(s) call us, not the other way around.
    That's just how it is.

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