Yesterday I got a call from an apartment complex property manager. I met with her and walked the site. First, let me say sorry for not posting pics I'll just have to describe the site for ya'll. The situation: property manager has been there two years & gone through four in-house property maintenance guys. Same old song and dance trying to find good help. She's sick of inconsistency and now she & the owner both want to contract out grounds keeping. She wants a bid, doesn't want to tell me what their budget is so I can work within it. They want service for the rest of this year and next year, for starters (If I get this job I realize I'll be in bidding wars with other LCOs during subsequent years). She told me their current grounds maintenance guy (solo), he works M-F, 9:00 - 5:00 with an hr. for lunch. It takes him two days to mow (don't know what he's cutting with) & forever to edge. She said by the time a week and a half goes by he's not done with with everything & can't keep the entire place looking nice at one time. The property: 25 buildings to edge around. There's sidewalk everywhere running the length of the huge parking lots and from the main walk up to the front of each apartment. Some trees also but not a lot of them. The trees for the most part are around the perimeter. The turf, there's mostly small (1K - 8K areas) in and around the buildings. Most of it I can get with the 48 wb hydro. There are some some small mounded areas right in front of the buildings, small strips really, that will have to be done with 21er so they don't get scalped. Then, there are a couple of very large open areas, I would imagine for future expansion purposes, that total probably 5 acres. I'm a solo operator & rely on just one other guy to help me when I need it. My limited equipment list includes 48 wb; 32 wb; 21 push. I have limited funds to expand. My rough plan is find another bigger mower (saw a Toro 52 wb hydro w/ sulky for $1,500 the other day) for the open areas, add two more blowers and two more trimmers, then use the temp agency for help and tackle this property with a crew of 5. My Questions: (1) What's your bid? (2) Can I get this property done in 1.5 - 2 days with a crew of 5 as described? Thanks in advance for input ya'll.