Help with bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Raider, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
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    I am bidding (by Monday) on an apartment complex and would like some help. This is a mow, trim, and blow only. Me and my son. 54 JD 737, 32 walk behind, 21 in. lawnboy trim mower. I would call this an average trimming job, nothing extravagant. No cleaning of beds or anything on weekly basis. I would appreciate per mowing estimates then I will figure total. As of right now it is weekly mow and as needed if it dries up. I am sure I left things out. I think it will take the two of us about one and a half hours. I was thinking around $125
    1.82 Acre Lot
    3 seperate housing units each about 6,000 sq. ft. (18,000sq. ft. total)
    1 large parking area (17,400 sq. ft. total)
    other paved areas(sidewalks) (6,000 sq. ft. total)
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  2. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
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    Trying to post pics
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  3. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
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    Anyone? Just want to know if I am about "ballpark" range
     
  4. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Posts: 69

    One last time, anyone have an opinion?
     
  5. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll just venture a rough guess. . .It's really hard to give an estimate from the pic's, but for 1 1/2 hours/ two guys. . . say 3 man-hours, so I'd probably charge at least $120 - $140. (for me, $40/ man hour) Again, it's hard to say exactly from seeing the pictures.
     
  6. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    those look like hud apts. i got plenty of experience with them, take into account you will be picking up lots of trash, tenants will leave all kinds of stuff for you to go around/move and your job will have to pass a gov't inspector twice/yr. if they want it bi-weekly they will call you to do it a week early cause an inspector is coming, then wait 3 weeks to get back on schedule cause they are stingy with the $. i did 5 of them the smalles being a little larger than the 1 you are bidding on for 4 years, let them go at the end of last year, they are a real PITA.
     
  7. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I hate to say it but he is right. They really can be a pita. If anything bid it a little higher right off the bat because it is difficult to get a raise later. I lost one 2 years ago because I wanted to raise it 10 bucks a month!:dizzy: he is also right on about the trash. As for a general bid going only off your info and pic's I would say shoot for at least the $140 to 160.00 range. Personally I would probably try for more but the line is fine this year between what you want and what they will pay. Good luck.

    Jeff
     
  8. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So let us know if you got the job, or what. . .
    Good luck
     
  9. Raider

    Raider LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Posts: 69

    I will know in a week. I ended up bidding the $125 amount that I first thought would be appropriate. After reading a few posts I am not sure if I really want this bid because they are "HUD" housing projects and I can see where that could be a hassle. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate hearing from other guys that have a lot of experience.
    I will let everyone know how it all comes out.
     
  10. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if you get them be especially careful when trimming (especially if you have no guard) so your trimmer don't throw drug syringes at you, you sure don't want a stick from that.
     

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