Submitting Bids

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by b727guru, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. b727guru

    b727guru LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    How long is it appropriate to wait until you follow-up on submitted bid?
    It's been a week and I'm getting desperate!!!!

    I'd like to find the status of the bid but I don't want to sound deperate but I want to come across as professional and caring.

    Any comments?

    Guru.
     
  2. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    On my bids, I always say the bid is good for 2-4 weeks. If the people like your bid, they will call you. I usually do not call back on bids unless the customer asks me to follow up.
     
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Not really enough info to answer. Was it commerical? If so what type of property? How big? How long was the bidding process open for? Is it currently under contract?

    If it is commerical they probably haven't even really got into it yet. ALso rarely if ever unless ask would I call them back. If you "win" the bid they will let you know.
     
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    The only time that I call back is 2 weeks before the contract would begin. A lot of times they get approved but no one calls. Any sooner and you may sound desperate and pushy. It kind of sucks not knowing until the last minute but hey, what can you do? Well maybe you could do different, but I dont.
     
  5. b727guru

    b727guru LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    MMLawn,
    Yeah, it's a commercial cleanup of brush and weeds as well as a bid for monthly lawn care.
    It was a very informal bidding process.
    I happen to walk in to the storage facility for prices to store my trailer and happen to mention that its for my landscaping business.

    The lady inside informs me that "oh by the way, we're looking for a new landscaping guy..." So, I immedialtely jumped at the opportunity.

    I don't know how companies or businesess "open" a bid process; do they call different LCO in the area and ask to submit bids?

    As I was leaving the premises, the lady says to me: "I'll push real hard for you to get the contract" Who knows if she carries any wait on the decision making or not.

    We'll see.

    Guru.
     
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    In a case like since it was so informal that then I "might" call her back, or better yet go by but I would probably but I would wait a couple weeks probably.
     
  7. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    I would definitely return to get an answer. It is just good business and salesmanship in my opinion. Maybe you will be the only one to return a call or visit. You will stick in their mind more than the guy that just submitted a bid by mail. And if you don't get the job, then it is possible that there could be future business there.
     
  8. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Last year I submitted bids. "I will bid this to mow your property"

    I landed 3 big commercial properties that in the past were bush-hogged - not trimmed etc. I finish mow them-trim them etc and now my reputation is preceeding me.

    One place we bid and mow in the back only, - they have invited me to submit a bid to fertilize and mow the front - I will bid that part much higher - it will be a "If you want me to install a very high quality green carpet in front of your mall to make it look like a high quality place to shop, this is what it is going to take, and this is what it is going to cost." Most of the LCO's around here can not mow straight, do not keep their decks level, and just mow.
     
  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Please read the previous post, and or posts, but in a nut shell

    "Last year I bid jobs, This winter I am going to sell jobs - I now have proof that I do quality work, and it works."

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  10. blair smock

    blair smock LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 108

    I wait about a week and call the contact and ask if they have made any decisions yet.
     

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