help on bid PLEASE

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by green thum, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. green thum

    green thum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    I need help on a bid.I was cutting one of my comm. acct's today and the manager from the biz next door comes over and asks if i can give an est. she said the whole facility is 7.5 acres,i'm guessing 5 of that is grass,she asked me how much just to cut once a week and even said her guys could possibly do the trimming.heres the catch,they own a mower and are wondering if it would be cheaper to hire someone,so if i am to high they will probably pass since it has not been an expense to them so far.i'm wanting (of course) to stay competitive but make as much as i can,if there was no trimming involved what would you guys bid?And with trimming?I know, know what are my expenses.right off the top of my head i was thinking somewhere in the $425 range to cut with no trimming once a week through the growing season(usually mid march to mid oct or first of nov. )sorry this was so long but i wanted to get you guys all the info!!by the way most of this is flat land probably 95%.thanks.
  2. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Do an end run and have a buddy apply for a job there to see what she pays her guys per hour so you know her costs up front for the most part.


    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    They will not pay that much.
  4. blankenshiplawncare

    blankenshiplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    If it's just open field mowing than you need to be much lower. If this is some kind of apartment complex with lots of detail you could be right. We average about $100.00 per hour of cutting. Less for not using the mowers. The more you lower the price the more most customers tent to enslave you to the property. They always want more for less. This becomes evident after the first couple of cuts. You know the conversations, "I thought you were going to do ______." Be careful of this. Makes you wonder why she doesn't have her employee's cutting if she owns a mower?

    Just my thoughts.

  5. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    yeh that seems way too high to me. you said it would be 5 acres of mowing?? that should,at the most take you two hours, if you have the right equipment than not too much more than an hour.
  6. green thum

    green thum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    Sorry,I meant $425 a month for four cuts.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    try it you can always go down if you have no work,
  8. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 198

    Just bid what you want. She sounds liek a serious lowball hunter. Don't drop the price because it sounds like she doesn't want to pay much.
  9. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Messages: 311

    All things considered, I think your price is right on. Unless the mower they have is a great big bat wing :)
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    A bit cheap for these areas arounmd here. 5 acres, open area, provided it's not super rough, around 150 - 200 per cut. Consider this, if she's running a guy on a Tractor, she has around 5 hours (probably around $15 per hour w/ taxes and such). She has fuel, she has wear and tear on the machinery, and she has 5 hours that is NOT productive to whatever that place is geared for. It's costing her more than YOU were going to charge her EASY! Unfortunately, it was going to cost YOU more than you were going to charge her, TOO!

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