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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NEWFINISH, Mar 23, 2009.


    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009

    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I forgot the property manager wants three seperate bids for the area surrounding the three buildings and the small strips of grass between them.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I would call this gentleman back, apologize and say that you appreciate the opportunity,
    however at this time you feel ill prepared for the extent of the project.

    That bid, based on that picture?
    Will likely fall anywhere between say... 10 and 75 thousand, even that is still a bit rough.
    Say if the bid is off by 5 or 10 or 20 thousand and they accept it and it's too low?
    If it's too high they likely won't accept it, but they'll scramble as bad as you if you have to drop it mid-season, as one example.

    The other thing is, I could be wrong but I don't think he wanted all 3 bids from you :p

    Which, all in all that tells me this could be a bit too big a bite to chew.
    And I don't mean it in a bad way, I really don't.
  4. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    You are ill prepared to even be bidding on this job. Stick to residentials until you get more experience and learn to communicate better with potential customers. Looks to me that you didn't even get enough information out of them to begin to prepare a proper bid.

    I doubt he wanted three separate bids, likely he wanted those areas "broken out" IE: listed individually on the bid.

    As the other poster wisely said, thank him for the opportunity and go back to doing what you know how to do.

    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thats what I meant by three bids, the manager wanted the three properties to be listed individually. What other things am I illl prepared on?
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    bidding a commercial account. If you have to ask someone else what to bid, then your not ready to bid on it.

    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I estimated $500-$600 percut per building. There are a s**t load of trees and benches that I have to trim around and thats a lot of area to edge and I cant cut before 8am so the liablity is higher because of customers and cars, its a medical building. For the season from april 1st to november 1sr I was thinking about 12000-14000 per property. I just wanted to get an opinon because the bid is do in asap and see if that sounded right, I guess i should have said that first . I just looked at the property as being one really big residential.

    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    How do you guys bid on commercial properties?
  9. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    use the search function.... that's why it's there.

    NEWFINISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I was asking you personally but if you dont want to help then dont respond

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