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Could some of you experts help me with my first commercial bid?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newcutter, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. newcutter

    newcutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    My best customer bought 11 acres in a upscale business district.He built a very nice building on it and is moving his thriving business over to it.He likes the way I cut hisand his churches lawn ,so he ask me to put in a bid on it. I think I can get the contract if I have a competitiv bid,but every other lco wants it too.
    Here is what I'm bidding on:
    1.mowing 4 acres,44 times a year(2 acre field & 2 acres aroud trees and shrubs).weedeat ,edge(300 feet)and blow.

    2.Refreshing mulch every spring(customer buy's mulch and I provide the labor)2men 8hours
    3.Trim 372 yupon holly's twice a year
    4.Trim 72 dwarf buford holly's a year.
    5.prune 17 crape myrtle's once a year
    6.Fall clean-up and removal of all debris.

    Any help would be appreciated,
    Thanks newcutter
  2. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 4,443

    My Bid
    Mowing $4400
    Mulch $480
    Yupon Hollys $3720
    Dwarf buford hollys $180
    Crape Myrtles $170
    Fall clean up? $0 included. Probably no trees on a new lot.

    Total $8950 or $9000 year $750month

    Big Company Bid
    $3290 or $326 month

    The Big company will get the bid and they can have it for that. Thats the Atlanta market. Yours may be different.

  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I think Dave's sounds about right. But go with you gut on this one. It all depends on how much profit you want and how hard you are willing to work for it.

    Hope this helped a little bit.

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    If he is a really good customer, tell him the truth. You dont have a lot of experiance with bidding commercial properties. Maybe he will tell you his best bid or even show it to you. It happens alot and is probably your best shot at landing the account.
    My prices wouldnt help you at all.
    Good Luck.
  5. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,573

    IF HE IS A GOOD CUSTOMER sorry he might not only care about price good luck
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I had one about half that size some years back, I'm full time solo, and it busted my nuts.
    Your luck may differ, and I don't mean this in a bad way but it sounds to be a bit much for a solo or part-time operation.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008

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