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Bidding out.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bunton Guy, May 9, 2002.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,902

    Curious as to how some of these large or semi large companies hear about jobs going up for bid. This perticular time there was a entrance of a neighborhood taken care of by the Home Owner Association. A new president was voted in and he wanted a new landscape maintenance company in there....so he bid it out to 3 companies....none of them arent in the yellow pages. How do these companies hear about these commercial accounts going up for bid ? :cry:
  2. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    ck ur mail
  3. Dix

    Dix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I would like to know the answer to that one as well!

  4. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    most of the time to my understanding and personal experience the person in charge of that knows the people so how, family is the biggest , but there are other ways.

    J&JPROPERTY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Heygrassman, I would like to know the answer to that one myself, if you don't mind of course.

    Thanks Joe
  6. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    My sister works for a builder. She told me that they had a list of all the subs. they use. In this case of LCO's, she said they pick the top 5 that they liked or used the most and have them submit bids to them for the project and go from there. I asked to her to put me on the list..........shot down from my own sister.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Mykster....your sister must love you....she's trying to protect you from working for a builder. I've only had 2 experiences working for builders....neither was good. They look down thei noses at the type of work we do compared to their 'skills'so they want it done for nothing....and they don't pay promptly. I won't do work for another one.
  8. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    I agree with kitzy. If you don't know how to read spec's, blueprints, workorders, have all your insurance, or understand whats involved in working with other subs in a structured environment you will be better off working for homeowners.
  9. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,902

    Heygrassman IF I become a member of that site do you think they would provide me with the info I am looking for ? As far as what I have seen its mostly construction and renovation project for my location. Just curious as to if I sign up that they would provide a better selection including lawn and landscape maintenance.
  10. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    as a general rule we pole all the commerical work "we" would like to bid on. meaning we find out when the contract comes open for bid, we also try to get an itenary from the client to find out what they need and when.most (around here) large contracts (over 50,000 yearly) are on a 2 to 3 year time table so we can get a good feel for what all is involved well before we bid on them.........

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