Mcdonald's Bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JHLC, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. JHLC

    JHLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    I was wondering if anyone here does any work for McDonald's. I need to give a bid on one this week and I don't know where to start on pricing. It is an average size McDonald's. Thanks for your help.
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    i do a mcdonalds. What are they expecting out of you? more info how much grass etc.. but be sure you give a price on high side instead of low side
  3. JHLC

    JHLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    I would be responsible for regular maintenance. Lawn, shrubs, and weeds. I would guess it to be about 15 min. worth of mowing with a 48" Walker.
  4. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    We used to maintain several Mickey Dees accounts here. They were slow payers, and after the first season, became very tight with add ons and even wanted to split the contract with another LCO who was cheap at best. I held out halfway through and dropped them all. It just depends on the management personnel you are dealing with, I guess. Don't aim too low in price, and think long term when talking to the manager about property issues. The accounting dept we dealt with in Ohio was always about 45-60 days behind on our checks, hopefully things are better in Florida :waving:

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    At my old job we did several Pizza Huts one year. Had a lot of problems with late payments. And A LOT of trash all over the property each week. But sometimes you'd find money in the grass as well :) I don't know about McDonalds, but a least the ones by me look pretty well maintained, so maybe they pay well.
  6. midtnstone

    midtnstone LawnSite Member
    from mid tn
    Posts: 76

    never had a contract with them but a couple of weeks ago the mcdonalds down the road from me had some trees that had blown over in a storm called to see about cutting and removing them shot a pretty high price got the go ahead started leaving with my last load of limbs and the owner came out with my check, hope to do business with them again. but the owner has 2 or 3 mcdonalds and their office is right beside where i was working so that could make a difference
  7. JHLC

    JHLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Thanks for all of your input :)
  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,307

    Resturaunts are cheap when it comes to yard maintainance. Everyone I've ever mowed at was a pain in the a$$. If you do get the bid be prepared to pick up lots of trash and be run over by fat people who are hungry. I used to do a Krispy Kreme and all the people that went in that place were the last people who needed a doughnut and were totally oblivious to a loud lawnmower.
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I think it also depends on the situation. We do some restaurants, but they called us because they were sick of bad service. These are my favorite calls, because I can charge almost double what they were paying but do a far better job. I would say shoot for the middle and definately put in a bid.

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