After days of phone calling I finally found out who to contact about some chain stores. I got them to fax me a lawn care bid proposal. It is 9 pages long and not was I was expecting. I was expecting just a proposal of what they wanted done and what insurance coverage I was required to have and so on..... The proposal I got is a little more demanding. It says " Biweekly maintenance shall be done for $______" Thats about the only thing that pretains to lawn care. It is written more as a contract then a proposal. Doesnt have a start or end date which means it isnt a binding contract. It also says that If I am bidding more stores, I have to submit a bid pack for each induvidual store. This means I have to fax over 9 papers per store. Questions: Are bid proposal(CONTRACTS) very common? Are they something to avoid? The contract says that you do not bill the store, you bill the company. It also says to submit a different bid for each store you want to bid on. Is this common to see one district branch have a different lawn service for each store?