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1st time with the commericial boys

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bigjeeping, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    I have a good load of landscaping/snowplowing experience. I've been doing commercial snowplowing for 2 years. However, my landscaping hasn't ventured into commercial yet. Last summer I had 70 resis and business was great.

    Is it worth picking up some commericial or should I stick to residential? I will be expanding from one team to 2 for this coming summer and will be aiming at twice as many resi accounts - 140 total.

    Commericial is in the back of my mind.... and my questions are... what are the main contributing factors to pricing a commericial job?

    Do you price by acre then add on extra for the ammount of trimming you're assuming there will be, ammount of sidewalk to edge, etc.... ?

    Any help would be great
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    but nice to see you around here again long time no see...:drinkup:
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I just put together a few bids for some local chain restaurants and it took me awhile but I just priced as if I were doing a regular residential. The bid proposal's were more in detail but basically the same thing, mowing, trimming, mulch etc.
  4. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Yeah I'm back, getting ready for the mowing season already since we haven't had a plowable snow since 12/31.

    The winter started off great! Made enough to buy a couple new Z's, but that's it =(
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    When figuring out a bid for commercial work, here is what you do. One, cost it out and add in the amount of profit you would like to get. Two, cost it out and add in the minimum amount of profit you would take. Three, now take the amount of #2's estimate and subtract anything from 1/3 to 1/2 of that amount.

    Unfortunately, that amount is probably the number that will get the job...case closed.
  6. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    My advice exactly Rod....:)

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