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Getting some bids

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Gene $immons, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My wife's job at an energy company is in a nice office complex. We are going to get the job for the maintenance this year, however...office policy requires 3 or more bids.

    I guess I get to see what the other boys presentations are.

    To be continued....
  2. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
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  3. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    OK - 2 bids came in.

    Company 1 had a secretary who answered the phone, the owner called back, and scheduled a time to come out later in the week. He came out, measured the area and left. He faxed his bid in three days later. Looks like he used a typewriter, but it looks OK. His bid was lower than mine on the mowing by $20 a cut. This is a company that has been around for 20 years.

    Company 2 sent out someone who was not the owner to do the bid. my jaw hit the ground when I saw how low he was, and this is a 10 truck company. Plus his numbers did not even add up. They also faxed in the bid.

    I was $900 lower than the company who did it last year, but they are known to be high dollar.

    One other company is coming tomorrow.

    At least I am seeing firsthand how cut-throat the commercial end of this business really is.

    To be continued.

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