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Condo Questions??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LWNMWR1, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. LWNMWR1

    LWNMWR1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    calling on all your wisdom... i just missed on a bid the other day. not the end of the world but got to thinking... how do you all go about the pricing of these things. per unit pricing hourly square footage. a penny for your thoughts
  2. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    Avoid them. They are like apartment complexes and HOA's. They are nothing but trouble and will cost you money over the long haul.

    They will usually take the low bidder then drive him crazy with bullsh/t, petty complaints. You will never be able to please every condo owner since each one wants his or lawn cut a certain way.

    Take some sage and experienced advice...leave it alone.
  3. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 906

    This doesn't answer your question but who got em? P.S. I'd tell you how I bid mine :cool: but then I'd have to kill ya.
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Ding ding ding... we have a winner.

    When I WAS doing them, I would charge between $37.50 - $55 / unit, depending on what the bid was and how much common area there was.
  5. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    On any property like that (apartments, condos, townhomes etc...) I estimate per building and then estimate the common areas. I add the two together and that is my bid.

    I do not tell the client my hourly rates or the price per unit. I give one price to them.
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    WAYYYY TOO high for my area, your talkin bout $20 and under for this area.
  7. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    If you're doing condo's for $20 a pop...you're in serious trouble. Get out while you can.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,193

    Same for our area, around $20 per unit. We will take those all day long when you can get 30 units and $600 at one stop. The extra stuff at a condo set of units can be good. Drainage ponds cleanout and stripping of fire lanes, trees, irrigation, drainage, pest control, it goes on and on. But you do have to kiss up to all the major players in the HOA. But heck that is the way with all accounts.

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