Just lost two hotels I was really hoping to take over this season. I really thought we had a good bid going into them, but unfortunately we lost the bid to the company who did them last year. Here's the breakdown, both hotels were identical. Mowing: 1.00 hr for 3 man crew at each location Flowers: 30 flats of flowers (1500 annuals) and 50 mums with pumpkins at each locations Mulch: 25 yards of mulch at each location Spring C/Up: 2 hrs for 3 man crew at each place Fall C/Up: 2 hrs for 3 man crew at each place Bed Maintenance: Shrub trimming (3 hrs x 2 times, plus weeding beds all season) Mowing: $3,125 per hotel, $6,250 both Flowers: $2,000 per hotel, $4,000 both Mulch: $1,750 per hotel, $3,500 both Spring C/Up: $300 per hotel, $600 both Fall C/Up: $300 per hotel, $600 both Bed Main: $1,200 per hotel, $2,400 both Total: $8,675 per hotel, $17,350 both Winning bid: $6,000 per hotel, $12,000 for both winning company: lots of 'suspect' labor, coudn't tell you if they are illegal or not, and beat equipment Hey, you can't win them all, but wow did this one open my eyes! When I lost, I flat out ask the manager how much the winning bid was and was told all these numbers, and then he asked me if we could get any lower. I said I don't think so, because my family would be pretty mad if I went and worked all summer and didn't make any money.