How to bid on an account you haven't seen?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RR's Lawn Service, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. RR's Lawn Service

    RR's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I received a phone about bidding on some accounts for a company. The problem is that I don't have time to see all the properties in time. I have the square footage and the list of work that needs to be done. It is pretty much just mowing, trimming, edging where needed, and blowing off the walks. Is there a way to bid by the square footage and what's a round about number to start at? Thanks in advanced.
  2. Georgia Lawn Works LLC

    Georgia Lawn Works LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Seems kind of risky.

    If you know how much you would charge for a certain amount of square feet you can divide that into the info that you have.
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  3. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    use Google Earth so you can get a rough view of the place.
  4. silverwoolley

    silverwoolley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I would take this route and then bid a little high so you dont have any regrets.
  5. I NEVER bid on something I haven't seen and when they say oh well it's your typical lot that is a big red flag.
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  6. thomp33

    thomp33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    What are you bidding per square foot? Are you including mulch, straw, fertilizer? Or do you charge per man hour? Using Google Earth does work well, but you need to choose a format for how you charge.
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    For sure X2..........
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    bingo!!! :clapping:
  9. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    BINGO # 2 Never bid a property without walking it first.
  10. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Imagine you're an established, professional, knowledgeable LCO. You've walked the properties, met with the owner, presented your case, and calculated a fair price using your years of knowledge on how long the job takes and proper knowledge of your costs and other inputs. You spend valuable time submitting a bid that is on the low side but you know the economy is bad and want the business so you're willing to be somewhat flexible on your price.

    Well, you never even hear back, because some new guy with little understanding of how to price the job, who has only the vaguest idea of how long the job will take, who never even saw the property, underbid you by 40% because someone on the internet told him to price it from space.

    Keep encouraging this sort of buffoonery. Eventually it'll be one of your bids that gets screwed up.

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