how to get city/town landscaping work

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Guzzo856, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Guzzo856

    Guzzo856 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    in my town there are many islands of grass that are about 1/3 of an acre. They have private landscapers doing it. How do you get this work. Do you just see if they are taking bids at the city hall?
  2. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    Everything around here, schools, soccer fields etc. the winning bid is so cheap its not worth doing to me.
  3. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    I do work here for several government agencies for about 6 years. I started out bidding along with everyone else, but in my opinion they want someone that the can call to take care of anything. I have cut grass that was 5 feet tall on a new acct. and kept it up and made it look good, and charged accordingly. they are not really worried about the price, but they dont want to have to call around and find someone for evety acct. they need done.

    you might want to check and see how your town operates. Your town may have bid laws that require bids for everything, but i'm usually under the cap and they are able to just call and say do it, send a bill. It also helps to know someone 'on the inside" that can give you heads up when a contract comes up.
  4. jonathanone

    jonathanone LawnSite Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 122

    My back and knees are shot-the orthopedic boys say they don't understand how I can even get out of bed- and I am seriously looking into being classified as an American with a disability-it would have to help us get government work, no??-hey maybe I could sell my x-rays to others who are trying to get State/government work.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  5. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    contact them for bid oportunity, and then be the cheapest around, beyond cheap. then you will get the work, which aroundhere doesnt even pa y the bills of operating it is done so cheap

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