Bid for 5-20 acre propertys

LawnsRUsInc.

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
midwest
In follow up to my post about a week ago. I have received a managment company's bid packet for the lawn maintence. I just recieved it today the 3rd of febuary, which it is due on feb 20th, WOW i dont know how they expect me to give them proposals for all of them. They have included maps of the propertys along with sumaries about what is needed. My question is do i have to bid on all of them . becasue there are 12 propertys from 5 acres all the way to 20 acres. This is for full service. Do any of you know? Please help me with suggestions and comments as it is very much needed.

Thanks, Jason
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
Jason

No, you probably don't have to bid on all of them. But I can tell you right now that if someone does and you don't, they have the upper hand.

Why? Simple. Less people for the property management people to deal with, less phone calls, fewer checks to write, etc., etc. Property management people are looking for someone (contractors) who can do it all for them and make their job easier.
 
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LawnsRUsInc.

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
midwest
ok thanks for that info should i just choose which ones i would like becasue these are large propertys. Should i also walk the propertys even though there is 1' snow on the ground?
 

DennisF

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Florida
I would bid them all. Take your time doing the estimate. Don't turn in your bid until the due date. This will give you a chance to do a thorough estimate of each property. Don't be afraid to bid on the big ones. You'd be suprised how quickly you can mow 15-20 acres with a Z.
 

PLI1

LawnSite Senior Member
If it doen't say otherwise, they are probably expecting you to bid on all of them. I sure they would rather deal with one contractor vs. several. Always, Always Always walk the properties. You can burn yourself bad if you figure estimates from the inside of your truck.
 
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LawnsRUsInc.

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
midwest
dennis and pl how can i bid the propertys well if i cant tell where the grass is or the beds are we have about 12" of snow on the ground and 8 more tonight on the way. I called them and they said i can bid on them individualy or all which ever ones i prefer. I am going to try my best on the bidding of the one due to it being much closer to my location where the other ones are about 20 miles away.

Jason
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
I absolutely hate having to give a bid when the turf area is covered with snow. You might as well be Helen Keller lol. Maps help, but it ain't like walking and seeing up front what's in store for ya...
 
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