Bidding time-take a shot

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chevyman1, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    here's what I just was introduced to, that my company is bidding on next week

    50 homes in a development
    Each lot is between 18,000 and 22,000 sq ft (1/2 of an acre roughly)
    Mowing, weedeating (very minimal, like maybe 5 min. a house), blowing off paved areas
    2 acres of common area in the front along the road, couple trees and telephone poles

    I'm thinking $30 a cut per house, times 27 cuts in this area a season= $40,500...would take 2-3 guys 10 hrs by my estimate

    How's that look guys? and there is no spring cleanup and minimal fall, which we are bidding at $75/hs
  2. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    So, your 2 or 3 man crew can cut, edge, and blow 50 lawns, and a 2 acre common area in one day? Wow, that is pretty good. And you say minimal fall clean up. Are there not many trees around?
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    HOA--- I think your gonna be about $6,500 to high at $30 a cut. HOA are notorious for taking the lowest bid and someone will beat $30 a mow since you have no windshield time
  4. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    yeah there are no trees and thanks olderthandirt, I will have to consider that in the bid. I guess we will have to go a bit lower if you think that's the way to win
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,282

    I would go $25 per house ther is no drive time. It sounds like like an account that would help anybodys bottom line
  6. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    As painful as it is to say it, you will probably get underbid even at $25 per lawn.........

    But I would not go any lower than that......

  7. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    The president of the HOA is a lawyer and he is animate about insurance and safety so that elimates the 'scrubs' so to speak, but there is no way we are going less than $25 a house
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Someone will probably see 50 homes x $20 =1000 bux a week and thaT Is what they will bid, anyway best of luck to you
  9. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    You are probably right man, but thanks for the good wishes. happy easter too
  10. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I agree with grass cuttin fool on this one. I guarantee someone will see the time it can be done in roughly and go the $20 per home route for the quick grand. I would say maybe $23 per home and you might get it. Rates can always be bumped up next season. You might take a small lump this year, thats about it though. Just try and make that $100 up on other bids or something, or toss down some mulch for someone and make it back. Just a theory.

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