Need help with the fundamentals of bidding commercial lawn and garden maintenance

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by billwlod, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

    Need help with the fundamentals of bidding commercial lawn and garden maintenance
    I have been landscape construction for 14 years and I have been asked a number of times to bid on maintenance.
    I would like help on the fundamentals of bidding
  2. g21

    g21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    glad to help. Shoot me any questions. I'm not on the site on a regular basis, so if you have a pressing need, shoot me an email
  3. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Posts: 1,267

    you need to ask what services they are interested in receiving. measure out your properties and punch in your numbers and get your bid. I am not critizing you or yelling at you just making a point here. I was once like this, and I understand your in the construction side of the business so its different but people who are more focused on maintenance asking what to bid. After talking with tommy its 100x's easier. Know your hourly rate whether its 25-50-100$/hr what ever. know your production ratios measure the property and plug in the numbers and know what you want to make 10% 15% 5% whatever. no one else can bid for another company they dont know there information. Thats why my properties i struggle with i dont ask on here anymore. even if my bid is high well its high but thats what it needs to be. Thats why you need a pm, you can fluctuate with that a bit. Maybe one property you cant make 20% only 7% profit, but thats 7% more then before. sorry for the long rant and things all out of order i just wrote them as they came to mind. Talk to tommy he will help you out a lot. I am glad I found his site, its actually very useful information.
  4. rcallese

    rcallese LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I would recommend going to and watching the video Mr. Ganz put together. Probably just a refresher for someone with your experience but I've watched it a couple of times. Good info.
  5. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

    luke are you saying I should break down a hrly rate or should I give them a price for the basic mowing then hrly rate for irrigation repairs and plant maintenance.
  6. donell

    donell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Whats the going Rate Per Square Footage for Landscapping for Commercial Property

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