What do you think on this bid?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WishforScagWildcat, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
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    The company that mows the front yards in my neighbor hood charges 2,0004 a year for common grounds and 8$ per yard, is their any profit if I under Bid them and tried to take their place next season? They do horrible never have sharp blades and always scalp the yards.
     
  2. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Posts: 195

    69 plots and counting! I already mow the empty un built lots but what about the others?
     
  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :hammerhead:
     
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    $8 a yard?

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  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Break it down more, how many guys and how long start to finish.
     
  6. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Posts: 195

    They have 5 guys and they take about eight hours or less, some times they do sections one part a week. I have three guys but it can be five.
     
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    69x$8=$552/8hrs=$69/hr

    so they are making $69/hr and paying 5 guys?

    if you pay the guys $10/hr you are making $19x8hrs=$152 a day then you subtract expenses.

    not very good if you ask me.
     
  9. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    no reason to underbid horrible work. The only reason I under bid is if I know I can make profit, and I under bid by 1 penny when I'm aware of the current rate--I only do this on properties over $200/month. $8/yard is too low for any size lawn. I make more than $8 to chemically treat 2,000 sq. ft. in a minute. I would look more into square footage and trimming/blowing/edging time which you have not mentioned in order to calculate if its worth it or not.
     
  10. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think he's including the common areas which is either 2,000 or 20,0000 per year because the first post wasn't clear.

    A 5 man crew for me would produce between $1200 and 1800 per day.
     

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