when you bid commercial...do you....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by instyle, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    Do you break down the cost of everything? Or do you give them a grand total?

    like....

    cut and trim----$45
    Leave clean up---$75
    Bed edging---$35

    --or--
    Cut and trim, leave clean up, bed edging --- $155.

    which do you do?
     
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    I think you meant 'leaf' cleanup, not 'leave cleanup'. There is a HUGE difference there. Why would you charge to 'leave cleanup'?

    But to answer your Q I itemize everything. Only sum a total when doing a package deal.
     
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 571

    The second one if it was me, then your customer can't say "well your leaf clean up is $10 less than the other guy but you want an extra $5 for bed-edging, so just do the leaf clean up and we'll have him do the leaves."

    At least thats how I look at it.
     
  4. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    They want it broken down into catagories, usually like these:

    Lawn (price for season with # of estimated cuts)
    Spring clean up
    Fall clean up
    Flowers (per flat, # of mums, etc)
    Shrub trimming (2-3 times a season)
    Weeding/edging of beds and sidewalks
     
  5. Ky.Smoke

    Ky.Smoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    I agree with Dixie. That is how I break it down. Sometimes they ask for more but rarely.
     
  6. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    Mowing and fert is usually priced out...Why don't you just ask the customer what they want? I guess that is how I usually bid everything.
     
  7. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Mow and edge
    Fert
    Hourly leaf (otherwise you are screwing yourself)
    Bed maintenance
    hedges
    other misc that they require.
    add all
    divide by 12
    monthly payment.
    All commercial are on a yearly contract. Period. No accept ions.
     
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    Grand total, 12 month contract all rolled into one. :drinkup:
     
  9. whiteslawnservices

    whiteslawnservices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    All your commercial accounts you wont there business right ?well there is an idea that we do on a yearly accounts set it up as a yearly accounts with lawn maint and leaves and debis removal that way it hits winter you still eat and a monthly checks rolling in while all you do is be seen picking up paper or mulching you leaves with a zero turn mower drop the deck down 2inches drive like your mowing the property blowing all the leaves in a pile then mulch it down to dust then spread it around it disapears and you dont have to bag or haul off leaves.
     
  10. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    i give em 2 prices on the same bid sheet :

    standard service : mow ,trim ,edge ,blow ,overseed ,light debris removal .

    complete maint : all of ^^^^^ plus fert ,weed control ,mulch .

    but i never ever break it all down into price per service they pay for a package .
     

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