bidding maintenance on 6 Taco Bells

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnlubber, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    I just got a call from Taco Bell, they are taking bids for next season's maintenance. This entails mowing, string trimming, edging, hand weeding flowers, trimming shrubs, aeration, fertilizer and weed control, irrigation, and spring and fall clean-ups. It would be a large contract so I want it, the only problem is they need a bid in the next day or two. I haven't got time to put together some good numbers to give the bid. Any advice besides that worn out reply- "Well you just figure out what you need to make per hour......" Also any LCOs in Madison, WI pm me by 2/24 if you want to sub the fertilizing.
  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Worn our reply???? How the hell do you expect someone ONLINE to give you numbers on
    6 properties WITHOUT seeing them, or knowing ANY details about them, and without knowing anything about how you're set up?????!!!!!!
    Are you serious?
  3. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    What I would do is to call them back and ask what their current scope of work entails, so that you know exactly what services are to be included in your bid. Then I would ask them why they are taking the bids. Is it a pricing issue, quality issue, or simply to see what the market value is? Finally, ask them what their budget is. What are they currently paying for these services and how does that compare to their budgets? If you can get as much information as you possibly can from them upfront, then you are more capable of determining if you can provide those services without loosing your shirt. It also doesn't hurt to ask for a 1-2 day extension.
    Good Luck!
  4. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    comparing it to restaurants here

    I would be in the range of 35.00-55.00 per mowing

    treatments 45.00-65.00 per app. x 5=

    Shrub trimming 200-300 per store

    flowing plants 250 spring budget 175 fall budget

    spring fall clean up- 200-300 per clean up

    hope this helps and this is just a average

    compared to restaurants in our area
  5. sanfordandsonfan

    sanfordandsonfan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    In the past five years, I have bid on several large food chains. At first I was excited with the opportunity. Then after a few years, I got smart and figured it out. The reason they need a bid in the next two days, is because the corporate office is requiring three to four bids. They managers already know who is going to be doing the work, its just a matter of getting three more bids. How do I know this? Last year I asked one of the managers who got the bid. The same guy that has been doing it the last five years. He is a real nice guy the manager says, he cuts my grass and the district managers grass. Good luck.
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Actually if you have seen the prop it is real easy, I could have it done, printed, packaged and ready to go in 2 hours so why the sweat over 2 days to do it?

    They told you all the services they want, so all you need to do is figure the price per store per cut x the total number of cuts + the total amount that you charge for each add on service = the total amount for the full service then divided by the number of months you will bill and waa-la.

    You have bid commercial before right? It's really not that hard on these small rest spaces, esp Taco Bells as they tend to be on small lots.
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    This is why I posted what I did above. I can think of 2 taco bells near me that are on very different size properties and have very different size beds and numbers of plants/flowers. That's just 2 of them. If I went and looked at the nearest 6 taco bells, I'm sure there would be too much difference from one to the next to be able to give any kind of numbers sight unseen.

    I would HAVE to get in my truck with the measuring wheel and a pad and pen and drive to each one and get busy.
  8. ltlbull

    ltlbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Get your foot in the door............enough said........

  9. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    yep get your foot in the door this year......then have it smack you in the ass next year wen someone is 100 a year cheaper :blob3:
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    i know brickman does just about everyone in our area....

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