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bidding on commercial property

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HLM86, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. HLM86

    HLM86 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    When yall place bids for commercial property, do you give a bid just for mowing services (cutting, edging, weed-eating, and blowing), and then give them a price for things like hedge trimming after you have got the job? Or do you look at the property and give a bid for the mowing, hedge trimming and whatever else needs to be done? Thanks for any help.
  2. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Typically you should place a bid for everything. And have it all clearly outlined in your contract. Mowing, Irrigation, clean-ups if applicable, fertilization, snow removal etc... Its all a money maker, and if you can handle the work--take it. Whoever manages the property wants one stop shopping, they don't want to be writing checks to 4 different companies when they can just write one.
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I always bid it how they want it. I.e. communication is key with commercial properties.
    Most however want the basics. Hedges, mowing, fert, weed control, irrigation at x per hour to fix plus parts and (alot of the times trash detail). Then if you can upsell after getting account you can get aeration, fungus apps, pest apps, leaves and so on. Lay it all out what your are going to provide at x per month and then what you think it needs at your price.
    Most commercial accounts want to know exactly what they get no grey areas should be left. This is also great for upsells on mulch and annual color and such.
    Good luck and after visiting a few commercial businesses you will find out what they are wanting.

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