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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by SunsationalLandServices, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. SunsationalLandServices

    SunsationalLandServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I put in a bid on a property this week and was turned down since they "went with a larger crew" and "thought the job may be too much for me". Am I right for being insulted or is that just the way it goes? The property was 1.5 acres, mostly open lawn area, some tight spots, and hedge trimming monthy. I bid it at $60/wk mowing & $60/mo hedge trimming. I figured this bases on 2hrs @ $30/hr. I admit I am kinda new to this and it is just me, but I've done similar jobs and know I am perfectly capable of handling it, plus I have good equipment - 60" chopper and all stihl equip. in a very nice enclosed trailer. Oh well, just venting I suppose!
  2. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    your equipment is more than enough. i have seen people mow more acres with a 36'' wb. in one day i have mowed 12 acres at 4 sites with a 445 jd tractor mower and 54'' deck. NOt sure what to tell you. maybe they under bid you and didn't want to say that. seems a little cheap too, but i don't don't know your area
  3. SunsationalLandServices

    SunsationalLandServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    That's what I can't figure out. I went a little low due to the fact that it is just me (lower overhead). A crew of 3 or 4 would have to be more?!
  4. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    48 acres wirh an old ride on. No WAY.
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  5. Greenboy24

    Greenboy24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    12 acres at 4 different sites = 3 acres per stop assuming they were all the same size....at least that is how I read it
  6. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I'm guessing they may have had difficulty in the past with a new LCO who got in over his head, and are wary of small operations. The only other thing I can think of is that maybe they want to minimize the amount of time noisy machinery is present, and would rather have a big crew in and out fast than you working 2 hours by yourself.
  7. SunsationalLandServices

    SunsationalLandServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I guess, the thing is, is that i was recommended to them by someone else so I don't get it. The fact that they told me they did't think I could handle it is still pretty insulting though! I may be smaller and newer than some, but I am no two bit operation!
  8. when i first started reading your post, i thought you put a bid on a large commercial site. 1.5 acres is nothing! I think your prices are a little too low, but with that Dixie and mostly open areas, you should easily be able to tackle that account. See what happens, they might not be happy with this "big op."

    Good luck man! good to see more Florida cats on here.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    you would have been able to do that property easily
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    That makes alot more sense !!

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