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Help on a large bid

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dcwalker, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. dcwalker

    dcwalker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Hey guys, I really am getting a lot out of this site and appreciate the longtimmers who help out us new guys. Ive been contacted to bid on a cemetary- weed eating only. It's about 30 acres from what they told me and there are thousands of tombstones and quite a few trees as well. Tombstones and trees is all that needs weedeating but like I said there are thousands of them. This being my first commercial property to bid on I have no idea where to start. The guy I talked to said they had a company do it a few years ago and it took 4 or 5 guys, about a day and a half to do it. I'm solo, but I think I could get some help at 7-10 dollars each. Also I'm not sure yet if it's going to be weekly or bi-weekly. I know it's hard to help on such little info but a little imput would be greatly appreciated.

  2. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    What it would normally take to trim a line/distance, double it...... make some cash off your help also.. this is very labor instensive.. you will use those trimmers up and fast using them for 8+ plus hrs in a day.. bid it high. based on taking 5 guys 1.5 days my price would be.2200.00 per time.
  3. dcwalker

    dcwalker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to pass on it since I don't have the man power or the willingness to stress my epuiptment.
  4. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    Hey DC,
    not sure how big your company is, but mine being solo, if I could do that job for $2200 per week, and hope to get 30 weeks out of the year, I could do just that job full time!!!
    meaning, you could pull in some good money, sourcing it out to a worker at $8 an hour, figure 2-3 good trimmers a year, and that's a lot of profit???
    I know it sounds like a big job, I am just playing with the numbers over here!
    good luck with whatever you decide, but if they would pay the $2200 a week, I would probably take it!, that sounds a bit high to me.
    Even with 5 guys at a day and a half, thats only 60 hours labor. paying $2200 a week would be paying them $36.67 an hour!
    I don't think they'd pay that much, but I sure would take the job!

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