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Bidding Apartment Complexes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jtrice11, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Does anyone have any methods on how to bid apartment complexes? Does the # of units, say in a 3-6 story complex impact the bid? What's the best way to go about it, by the time it will take or the square footage of turf?
  2. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Fixed costs (plus) variable costs (plus) labour (plus) profit (equals) price.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    All complexes are diffferent. you need to consider all aspects. feet of edging, acreage of turf, shrubs, is it a slum or hi rent. Irrigated....Town house and apartment complexes you almost need to measure it out, but also get onto the property on one of the days the current landscaper is mowing and see how long it takes him and how many guys he has. then plug your numbers from that...taking into account any inneficiency you noted or mower size differences...
  4. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    BCSteel, you mention "variable costs". Not sure what you mean?

    The only thing I can think of is price of gas.
  5. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    add to that rain, trash, equipment breakdown, employee hiring, training, etc. I think those are some of the things meant as "variable costs"
  6. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Any cost that isnt written in stone is a variable. I dont know how you run you business and where you spend your money so I'll leave that up to you. But for example, gas, labour (time), maintenance/breakdowns...

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