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Gas Station bids

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by clyde, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Hey guys

    I have been on this forum for now almost since its conception.

    I would appreciate some help on this one from someone with experience.

    I have someone with about 5 gas stations they want me to bid on this coming week.

    I have done everything BUT gas stations.
    Any particular thing to be aware of? Whats the typical going rate for a gas station this around New Orleans area. Average green area and sizable amount of concrete.

    Any do and don'ts?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Most gas stations, have a lot of concrete and very little plant maintenance.

    Are you expecting to blow the parkway on a regular basis? will you have to water the beds? Do they have mowing to do?

    I would get them to pay attention to their roofs and get that into the bid... :)
     
  3. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Yes , probably 2/3's more concrete than grass.

    I am sure i wouldn't be responsible for around pump areas other than blow if no one is around THAT pump the day I m there.

    Whats needs to happen with the roof? just blow it off or something?

    Will have more details this week, I m trying to get educated before meeting the man about the details ;)
     
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    just watch the people that own them.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Here I've noticed at those stations is that eave troughs, fill up and remain neglected.

    We've had cottonwood trees sprouting in one , Maple trees in another and 2 years later they were nursury plants... :)

    If I took the job I would have to be willing to do the blow and eave cleaning , either early in the morning or late at night. Mowing is risking in that, there are always cars close by to get pelted with a pebble or beer can...
     
  6. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Is a Cottonwood the same thing as a Poplar tree?


    Back on topic: What I was thinking is these sort of business's due to the libialtiy ( never heard of one blowing up BUT my luck would be ) it seems you want to charge a little more.

    Its like the expert tree cutter can tell you where the tree will fall but just encase better be prepared.
     
  7. jplawnmaint

    jplawnmaint LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    We did a bunch last year. Its easy work. The down side is all the trash and all the people that don't see you walking across the parking lot with a bright orange vest on. Make sure you have enough cones for around the trailer and a bunch of safety vest. I will admit I didn't like all the safety crap in the beginning of the season, but it saved us a couple times. The worst part about doing them was dealing with Level 1 Maintenance. They suck. All the gas station managers were awesome, but Level 1 sucked. Good luck.
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  8. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Level 1? Interesting what is it?

    Never thought about it like that

    How many levels are there and what do they do?

    BTW thats a good idea with the cones.
     
  9. jplawnmaint

    jplawnmaint LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Level 1 Maintenance is National service provider. A company that low balls everything they can. You don't want to work for them. They don't pay. Sorry for the confusion. Do a search for them and you find a whole bunch of contractors that haven't been paid.
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  10. cps

    cps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    Good old Level 1.. If you don't mind jumping through all their hoops and still waiting a few months to get your money. Enjoy!

    We had a few of their Exon sites last year, but after a bunch of us got jerked around they somehow lost the contracts for all of the North East. :angel:

    I told them to loose our # and not to contact us in the future for ANY type of work. But sure enough this winter they need someone to do emergency snow removal on a site and called me up. They even offered to pay more then double what it should have been. I didn't even feel bad when I told them that I wouldn't do work for them but still drove to that site with a crew to bid it directly with the manager.:drinkup:
     

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