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What to include in commercial bids??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Blmtlandscapes, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    This is my first year in business and so far I'm doing mostly residential work. My residential contracts are mostly just mowing, but some contracts have other items such as hedge trimming and weeding. As I get into some commerical properties I was wondering what a bid sheet looks like. Is it mostly just mowing or are there other items as well? If so what other services are provided in these accounts? Thanks
  2. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    man hours and equipment and material costs.
  3. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 912

    Go look at the property and figure ot what your scope of work is going to be and word it and price it just how you see and keep in mind that most LCO's talk big $$$ per hour but when it comes to commercial work their price will be a little cheaper so they can get the work. Remember a bid is a bid which means your not going to be the only one shooting numbers their way!
  4. yard_smart

    yard_smart LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    what is your guy's rate for say two guys to do a job ??? i go 50/hr plus material (all material is market up 30 %) I ask cause i did a small install for a car dealership tear out and install of flower beds . . final bill was for $1687 not bad money for 2 days
  5. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    Thanks for the advice... my hourly rate for two workers is the same as yours
  6. yard_smart

    yard_smart LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    cool . . .i figured thats a pretty good base to work from i add $25 more for each worker
  7. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    I try to get $100/hr on job with 3 of us. 2 guys $70/hr and don't work solo anymore. when i bid a commercial job, I include each thing that I could possibly make money off of....pine straw/mulch/flowers/hedge trimming/flower bed weed control/basic mowing-edging-and trimming etc/core aeration/sod installation/irrigation/cost for new landsape design and installation per hour etc...

    you can also just speak with the person in charge of grounds and ask what all he is looking for in the bid...sometimes they want alot of info and others they just want mowing.
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    wayyyy tooo Cheep,
  9. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    No kidding
  10. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    what does the markey bare near houston?

    If you want to get a bid around here it's got to be 30.00-35.00 per man hour.

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