Property owners association job bid?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mowing4rlife, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
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    I went to look at a POA job to day and was told they had a budget of $10,000 to do several jobs:

    Weekly mowing all the public / common areas (outside the rock wall along the main road, the center island at the entrance and down a Blvd, around the pool), it also would involve trimming / shaping all shrubs / holly trees twice per year, weeding all beds, and keeping beds planted with annuals through the spring/summer. Also mulching and taking out some metal edging and replace with rock edging at the entrance.

    Just by looking at the mulching and tree/shrub trimming i am thinking this $10,000 is kinda low.



    I didn't bid yet but would like some direction on how to go about qouting this job.

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    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  2. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
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    Here is more pictures to this job...

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  3. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kinda hard for us here to tell you how much this is worth, but I'm positive they are looking for a flat monthly fee, 12 months per year, and by the looks of it, you wouldn't be mowing that dormant grass for a few months and this would be a great time to trim things up, etc.... so figure all these things out and make yourself a flat monthly fee you can't go wrong with...
     
  4. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
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    They want to pay me monthly and the contract would be from March-October 2012.
     
  5. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well that makes it easy then, 8 months on, 4 months off, now figure out a price per week of regular stuff X how ever many weeks that is in 2012 and throw in the 1 or 2 times a year stuff add it to the total and make your 8 monthly payments schedule...
     
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, can you do it for $1250 a month?
    Questions I have: Does the 10,000 include taxes?
    What about the leaves? Do people in expensive houses have special trees that drop leaves before the end of October?
    Do they want you to fertilize? Aerate? Edge lawns and gardens?Weekly weeding?
    How much do you make an hour? How much an hour do you add onto that for overhead and a return on investment?

    Personally, I think ten grand is too low.
     
  7. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldnt even take into consideration of their mentioned budget, which I doubt is their exact #, probably just lowballing you, but come up with a bid to where you make money and not lose or break even... I've had customers tell me their budget before and I've won jobs over what they told me their budget was, so don't let that discourage you...
     
  8. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
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    $1250 doesn't sound fair with all the services they want. The $10,000 does not include tax.They are no trees that require leave clean up. All flower beds will require weeding and then weed killer every onces and a while to keep weeds out of site. At this time i make $60-$70hr depending on the job and his parttime helper as need per job. All the mowing adds up to about half ancre to an acre at most. At the beginning i said i am trying to figure out how to bid this meduim is commercial job. My thoughs are to figure out supplies+man hours+gas+miles= the job prices?
     
  9. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Of course you would calculate your bid just like any other bid....
     
  10. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Go ahead and do it. Just get a contract
     

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