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Commercial Lawn Bidding

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by mlcolston, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. mlcolston

    mlcolston LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello, I have an opportunity to bid on a large retail lawn contract. I have a understanding of residential costs in my area, but not so much with large commercial. What rates should I be looking at commercial vs residential? Time? Acres? I have an idea the time it would take for the smaller areas around the store, but they do have a larger area to be mowed bi-weekly that is about 10 acres. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
  2. SlaytonFarms

    SlaytonFarms LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I am in the same boat in slighty different water. I just got my business legal and rigged. I start my first spray next week and have had a devil of a time trying to find how to and what to charge for bareground/right of way jobs.

    The only advice I could gleen from other sprayers was to charge between one penny to half a penny per square feet on afore mentioned sites and guarantee them for a year.

    If you hear better let me know because I am going with that philosophy.
  3. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Hard to say. Different rates in different States.
  4. ch4x0r

    ch4x0r LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 299

    Their is a thread on here somewhere do a search on commercial bidding and it should show up, it is very detailed and helpful basically you have to know your cost on all aspects and what you desire to make a hour/profit. how long it takes to do the job etc. Good luck as i am still learning myself never knew how much their was to this business until i dove in!
  5. cinco1

    cinco1 LawnSite Member
    from neo
    Messages: 48

    I believe this might be the thread you mentioned. It is full of GREAT information and very helpful...

    "How to Bid Commercial Accounts For Real":

  6. ch4x0r

    ch4x0r LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 299

    Yes sir that would be the one!! thanks
  7. mlcolston

    mlcolston LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the input
  8. SlaytonFarms

    SlaytonFarms LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Great Link and thread.. thanks.

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