Bid - Rejected & Rejoicing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by meets1, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,858

    Thanks for all who gave there input on a cemetary bid.

    Just a brief recap, bidding 4.3 acres of gravestones. Easy area to mow, just a pain to trim it all.

    I bid $435.00 / mow. I received word toady via mail that our bid was rejected due to the price. Go figure huh??

    Winning bid - $120.00 / time.

    I was the second in line with a 3rd bid being $685 / mow.

    Just wanted to share with everyone how we turned out and I am glad we didn't get it yet I feel for the poor sap who is going to do that much mowing for $120.00
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I feel sorry for him for when he does the trimming.

    That is one of the reasons that I never got into cemetary work.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Poor sap my azz...more like a f***ing idiot IMO.
  4. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    Oh he going to make a bundle!
  5. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    If they call you in 2 months cause he quit tell them it's now $650.00.
  6. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Just out of curiosity, how many man hours did you estimate that this job would take you? I am thinking that even with a 52 or 60 ZTR it would still take at least 5 man hours with all that trimming?
  7. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    That's less than $30 per acre for the mowing. It will take him 2-3 hours mowing, and God only knows how long for the trimming. I'll be willing to bet that he quits or gets fired for skipping the trimming. Like some above said, if they call you back after he disappears...raise the rent.
  8. mowahman

    mowahman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    I lost the Town cemeteries that we have been maintaining for 10 yrs. to a solo op. with one 48" mower(unless he's picked up a few in the off season) for 10K less than I was doing them for. Just for what it's worth, our profit wasn't 10K on these...more like almost nothin'. Lots of man hours to them properly..
  9. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    We used to cut a 6 acre cemetary for about $1400 including the trimming. It would take about 6 hours to so the whole thing.
  10. kmclawn

    kmclawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I lost a bid for a cemetary last year but every time I talk to one of the guys in charge of hiring the LCO, all I hear is how poorly the existing company maintains the grounds. I just keep telling them if you want it done right it will cost more money. Funny thing is they keep looking for the lowest bidder. You would think they would learn. I was even approched to see if I would lower my price to take over. I reminded them I am doing this to make money and not to pay them for the exercise. There is alot of work in a cemetary and anyone who tries to lowball it good luck because they won't be making any money on them.

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