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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MC Handy Man, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. I have a property management company that I have some past business with. They have about 20 apartment complexes. The will all need to be de-sanded and the striping must be touched up in the parking lots.

    As a model, I have a lot that is about 40' wide and 130 yards long. the entire peremiter of the lot contains parking spaces.

    I would like to take as many as possible on my small budget. I will be using a Stihl BR600 to blow the area.

    for striping I am unaware of what I will use, either a aerosol push unit or I might look into renting an industrial unit.

    I would appreciate any help and advice on:
    -bidding (hourly/area)
    -techniques w/ blower
    -striping equipment
    -possible over heads that can be overlooked

    Thank you and I would greatly appreciate your quick response

    This bid is wanted this friday. thank you for your time guys:)
  2. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 1,291

    How about a Powebroom for the Sthil

    or renting a Skid w/ broom?
  3. The skid steer is defiantly an option if I decide to take on all the lots. How much can you pick up one of those power brooms for?
  4. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 647

    power broom unit is about 400-600 depending on brand... skidsteer will more than likely not work too well... cars parked in spaces, and for the striping, hire a professional to do it as a sub.... don't half ass it because you wanna make a quick buck . bp blower, power broom and a few guys with shovels.
  5. I like the advice... Especially the stripping. I have been looking around for an affordable unit but I cant find nothing in my range. I think I will just go at it with the blowers and I will pick up a blower.

    Now what about prices?
  6. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 647

    prices is another story... What are your costs? I try to always make at least a 30% profit margin.... depending on the customer and your situation it may vary. Some jobs I turn a great profit, and others I loose or sometimes give away free services to gain the account. I see the potential for alot of work here.... 20 apt complexes.... I would start my pricing minimum at $ 30 per man hour.... how many hours depends on the condition of the lots, how much debris, and things like how many cars and spacing in between them .
  7. My costs are something that I am actually working on right now. There will be qwite allot of miles put on during this operation. I am unsure how to include my milage into my overhead. Another cost that I have yet to get full information on is equipment. I am buying a Stihl BR600 in a week. You suggested that I get a power sweeper for this. So there is around $170+. I will have only one guy working with me, unless I must take on another. I will pay this employee $10.00 an hour. The complexes are in three different areas of the state. One I will have room and board free. However the other two I will need to have a cheap hotel room for the night we are there.

    The plan is to coordinate with the property managers and get all the vehicles out of the lot.

    For stripping, I will look into a good rate for renting a commercial grade unit or I will settle and purchase a walk behind erousal unit.

    Another problem I can Not figure out is removal of the waste. I could possibly just bring my trailer with and load it all in that and find a place to dump it along the way.

    I was thinking as throwing a price out for all the units to be done at $235 a lot. That is what I have figured out with my numbers I got at this point.

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