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First Run In With A Lowballer This Year

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fredski119, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. fredski119

    fredski119 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Well guys had my first run in with a lowballer this year. I put a bid in for two cemeterys for the city for $9500 . thats mowing spring & fall clean up , picking up the dead flowers on the grave stone and level the ground out when some one dies and the city said thats about 5 to 6 times year. I figure that just to cut the grass would be 3hrs a week thats with two guys. My cousin is a councilman for the city and told me that they paid $9800 last year so i put a bid in for $9500 with tax. Well i call the city to see if i got the bid they told no that somelse got it so i ask her for how much she said for $5000 . Am sick of runing into lowballers every year but from reading on this website that citys always go with the lowballers! Ive learn my lesson with citys its not worth my time pursuing them. LESSON LEARN CLASS OUT!!!!!
  2. ndunn

    ndunn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    how many mows do you have in a season there?
  3. fredski119

    fredski119 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    We Have About 28 To 30 Cuts A Season Around Here.
  4. xtremelawns

    xtremelawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    what might take you that long. (3) might take another company such as brickman 1.. Put 5 machines and 5 guyz out there and overhead is cheap as long as u have clients like that to fill up your day.. If it is city owned they would have to have insurance/tax id #.. Maybe im wrong who knows.. Just making conversation
  5. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Posts: 483

    What is lowballing?
    If it was 9800 the previous year and you bid 9500, is that not lowballing the other service from the previous year to get the job.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    good point
  7. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    My thoughts exactly.
  8. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    gott remember gov. contract, once they are out it is common knowledge on the pricing. so maybe he undercuts his own price by a couple hundred hoping that someone woudl not do that to hlep gaurantee the contract for another. Or maybe he picked up a better machine which would increase his efficency and thus create a lower price, or maybe the scope of work changed slightly... A couple hundred bucks on a 10K bid isn't a low ball, but a few thousand is...
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    More like five thousand is:dizzy:
  10. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    Funny how every year all of our expenses go up, yet the commercial and municipal contracts get cheaper every year

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