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Help with Condo Complex Bidding Michigan

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by motox391, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. motox391

    motox391 LawnSite Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 39

    Wondering what you guys think of this job I have the chance to bid on I know the owner so she told me what she was currently looking to pay another company. I used my standard Hourly Rate and the competition i sstill way under my numbers... Is this normal for the commercial properties? Weve been in business for about 6 years and are just now starting to bid condos etc. (seeing they are all going very cheap) Let me know what you guys think

    Pictures Are Supplied

    Details are as follows
    1645' edging Bi weekly
    64,048 square ft cut weekly
    Standard Trimming & Cleanup

    I would price this at 150-180.00/ cut
    Competition BID=90.00/ cut

    Hedge Trimming Provided 2x in season

    (1) 380' L x 7'H hegde along the street
    Many other misc bushes scattered around the property

    I would bid 1000.00/ each time
    Competition Bid =250/ each time

    Spring Cleanup
    My bid=700

    Fall Cleanup

    Numerous Large Trees
    My bid=1500

    Are these common rates or am I out of my mind

  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    That's a lot of asphalt to cut.
  3. motox391

    motox391 LawnSite Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 39

    wow, such great advice -_-
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    How big is the company you are competing against? They might be using this as a filler for another account in the area that pays them for that crew and whatever they get for this is extra. Sometimes you gotta know when to hold em and when to fold em. If your regular rates are way off and you don't NEED the extra work I say walk and try to pick up work elsewhere. Why lose money to try to compete against some low baller.
  5. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 567

    Wow, have not looked into this to hard but it's only 1.5 acres. If u bid $100 a acre around me u would be sitting at home a lot. I just bid a city mowing project at $25 a acre and I didnt even make the top ten bids :(
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  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    Looking over the numbers again I would have to agree that for commercial?municipal bids this is the going rate. When we have upcoming bids like these we usually sharpen our pencils depending on whether or not we want the work or want to just throw in a price and hope. If you want the work and are near the are you already know the numbers needed to get the job. All of the hard work is done for you. You just need to decide whether this is worth your time or whether you want to take a pass. I know from my stand point I wouldn't pass up guaranteed work I can make a profit on.
  7. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 867

    As far as the mowing in my area your to high. The rest tuff to say. I have noticed that alot of commercial stuff here is going even cheaper this year.
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  8. MrPike

    MrPike LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Your competitor doesn't look too far off to me. I think there are a lot of guys around here who would take that job for what he's getting and be happy.

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