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Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Phillip Drewery, Jun 14, 2019.

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  1. Phillip Drewery

    Phillip Drewery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I have been approached to bid for a city (small town) to mow their over grown (8 inches) lots including residential and commercial.

    6 square miles of commercial and residential property and I want to won the bid. This town is 15 minutes from my house. I am new to the business aspect of mowing but very experienced on how to do the work.

    My preference is the total lump sum bid.

    Basis of BID: Bidder will complete the Work in accordance with the Request for Proposals for the following price(s). The Town of recognizes that not all overgrown lots will be similar by nature (i.e. size of lot, extent to which lot is overgrown, etc.). Therefore, Bidder is afforded an opportunity in the bid proposal below to denote certain thresholds based on such factors. However, Bidder may choose to submit one

    Ways to bid...
    TOTAL UNIFORM LUMP SUM BID AMOUNT (This option does not distinguish between lot size and extent to which lot is overgrown and other such factors):$ _______________________ TOTAL IN WORDS: ____________________________________________________
    TOTAL LUMP SUM BID AMMOUNT (for each quarter (¼) acre): $_________________________ TOTAL IN WORDS: __________________________________________________________
    TOTAL LUMP SUM BID AMMOUNT (for each quarter (¼) acre with grass/vegetation in excess of _______________feet and __________ inches): $_______________________________________ TOTAL IN WORDS: _____________________________________________________________
    TOTAL HOURLY RATE AMOUNT (for removal of excess trash and debris from work site): $______________________ TOTAL IN WORDS: _______________________________________________________
     
  2. Delmarva Keith

    Delmarva Keith LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is there a question somewhere in your post that I’m missing?
     
  3. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
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    How much should he charge.
     
  4. Delmarva Keith

    Delmarva Keith LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    Oh, he should charge enough to make a profit and cover contingencies. What’s his cost structure?
     
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  5. ShowCaseLawnCare

    ShowCaseLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Pass usually this work doesn’t pay good and to many hoops to jump through to get paid and your equipment will be over worked.
     
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    Phillip Drewery

    Phillip Drewery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    My question is how much should I charge?
     
  7. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,743

    Told ya.
     
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  8. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
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    Going to go backwards on this. $80 per person/worker per hour:. For each 1/4 acre in excess of 6" = $60 (sixty dollars u.s.): for each 1/4 acre not exceeding 6" $40 (forty dollars u.s.): total lump sum I do not have enough info to do that from this post.
     
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    Phillip Drewery

    Phillip Drewery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Its either bid per 1/4 acre or lump sum. I can tell you the town limits is 6 square miles and anything above 8 inches in that 6 square miles will have a work order sent out for me to mow. There are no specific properties (yet) b/c it will be as the property within the town limits exceeds the code of 8 inches. But I must remove all trash and debris prior to mowing and they want an hourly bid on trash/debris removal. Would your quote go up for 8 inches?
     
  10. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
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    Trash debris removal would be the $80 an HR. At 8" yes I'd go up a little more... You are now talking bushhogging or double to triple cutting unless the muni doesn't car what the finished product looks like.
     
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