fertilizer bids

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by nvrstsfd23, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. nvrstsfd23

    nvrstsfd23 LawnSite Member
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    I am looking at a few bids for fertilizing an area of 220,000 Sq ft flat area.
    with prices of 3,080 3,520 or 3,960 with a material cost of around 1400 plus labor for the four stages. this averages out to be 3.5, 4, 4.5 per 1000 Sqft. Which of these sound most accurate for a company to charge. I want a company that will charge what it is worth but not try to take advantage or try to low ball the price. I want everyone to be happy the company make money and I get the service I want. What do you guys think. Also I have another place that is 1,200,000 Sqft should there be a discount on the price from the per/1000Sqft prices above or not.
     
  2. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    We would probably be around $3500 an application but there are several factors that could influence that such as terrain, is the property broken up over a number of areas, etc. Your question speaks to value but the only measurement you mention is price. Price and value have an interesting relationship - while you could pay a lot and get a little value, it's unlikely you could pay a little and get a lot of value. If the bids are within 20% of each other, I'd ask more questions - what type of references does each company have, what and how much insurance do they carry, are they licensed applicators, what type of equipment do they have, etc.

    Use some common sense - if they pull up in beater pickup truck, if they can't easily produce references and license/insurance info, if the proposal doesn't look professional, these are all things that should sound an alarm.

    As for the 1,000,000 SF, yes a further discount is reasonable. But you definitely want to make sure the bidding company can handle a job of that size.
     
  3. nvrstsfd23

    nvrstsfd23 LawnSite Member
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    so you would get 3500 total or 3500 times 4 for 14000
     
  4. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, mulitply by 4 - 3500 per application means 3500 each time I come out.
     
  5. cush

    cush LawnSite Senior Member
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    $14,000 seems a little high for 5 acres.
     
  6. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    oops! My bad. I'm so used to quoting price per service that I forgot I had already multiplied by four. Sorry abouth that.
     

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