How to bid a Commercial Property???!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cuellartj, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. cuellartj

    cuellartj LawnSite Member
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    Getting frustrated and not wanting to bid too low or too high since I really need this first commercial job.

    It's about as big as a football field, no bushes, just land and edging... I'm in Houston, Texas I think our prices are a bit more competitive than others but could be wrong.

    They want a bi-weekly at about 225, is that too low? By time I pay my workers, the gas, insurance, etc.... is it worth it?

    Anything would help
    Thanks!!!
     
  2. cuellartj

    cuellartj LawnSite Member
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    I forgot to give this:
    Land Area 190k
    Building 43K
     
  3. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
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    What exactly are you bidding on? Mowing?
     
  4. cuellartj

    cuellartj LawnSite Member
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    i am trying to bid on an industrial warehouse property that needs to be mowed every 15 days. it has not been cut in 2.5 months, so they say, and there are a lot of obstacles to where i can only use a trimmer. the football field stretch is one side of the outer perimeter only but it is about 20' wide. the rest of the footage is inside and honestly i can only mow a fraction of that.
     
  5. cuellartj

    cuellartj LawnSite Member
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    i am trying to bid on an industrial warehouse property that needs to be mowed every 15 days. it has not been cut in 2.5 months, so they say, and there are a lot of obstacles to where i can only use a trimmer. the football field stretch is one side of the outer perimeter only but it is about 20' wide. the rest of the footage is inside and honestly i can only mow a fraction of that.
     
  6. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    something does sound right 190000 Sqft Total Acres: 16.83
    Are you sure?
    who gave you the number 225?
    Is that what they've been getting it for?

    what is your equipment list?
    Think about how long it will take you to mow it. How long to trim. How long to blow, with how many guys.
    check your lawnsite user messages.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2009
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Price it for what it should be in order for you to make money. Keep in mind that two weeks of growth is a lot harder to mow in the spring and fall and you need to account for that in your pricing.

    Don't price it to get the job. Price it to make money and maybe you'll get it and make money. The last thing you need is to get it and lose money or have way too much of a time commitment to it..
     
  8. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
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    I always aim for between $700 and $1000 for an 8hr day of mowing($60 per hr for me and $30 per hr for each additional laboror. Fugure out how long it will take(not how big) and price it that way. Sometimes smaller areas end up taking the longest.
     
  9. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    190,000 Sqft=4.36acres
    About 3x's the size of a football field.

    Glad you guys aren't doing my bids!
     
  10. cuellartj

    cuellartj LawnSite Member
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    Down here it's $85 to $90 an acre. The property is 190,000 sq.ft. minus the building (43,000 sq.ft) and the metal coils the company produces (minus another another 40,000 sq.ft.) This comes out to be 107,000 sq.ft. of turf if that.
     

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