Just lost my first big bid

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tamo, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Do you think she's playing games? Trying to get a lower price from you? If so, don't do it, you'll regret it.
  2. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    You were way low, and I seriously ? the well respected company.

  3. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    no, I'm not going counter offer or anything, just mourning the first loss.

    I'm just curious as to what she's getting the work done for. Anyone ever ask after being under bid? I think I had a pretty good repore with the woman and might tell me the bid if I ask her, and explain I'm just starting out and trying to get experience bidding.
  4. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    Tell her to go with the well respected company because that is a great deal she is getting.
  5. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    Is it the old homeowner who is asking for service before she moves?
    If thats the case she is most likely trying to save some money and talk you down.
    If its for the new homeowner, they are cheap and you dont want to work for them. They should have some money left over. Not many people only finance the purchase price. A lot of the time they get a little extra for repairs and changes to house.
    CASH IS KING. Nock of 10-15% if willing to pay cash.
  6. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    i doubt there was a "well respected" company bidding on it...matter of fact...you are most likely the only person that has looked at it so far.

    why would she email you to tell you she can get cheaper somewhere else? shes trying to haggle
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    You didn't lose a thing...Just think about it...do the math. There IS no "well respected": company. as a matter of fact, as you didn't get suckered IN to this mess, You probably ARE the well respected company.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    1500 is what I was thinking as well, but I can't say without knowing if the yard was big or small (I'm assuming under 1/4 acre or no more).

    Just the lawn refurbishing, I charge close to $300 per 1/4 acre.
    And that's core aeration, seed + fert + lime (NOT sod!!!).
    Some folks think that's sky high, but then evidently $200 is too high for most already and I can't make a profit at $200...
    So, who cares?
    Honestly thou, I remember doing one last season for $265...
    Still, think $300.

    Grading I don't do (yet), but that varies from customer to customer (while more than a few think it needs it, no yard is ever flat as a airplane runway so not only is it sometimes not needed, but the cost of a grader is not cheap (just renting a piece of equipment is like $200 / day thou that wouldn't be the cost effective way of doing it).

    We're up to $500 without labor on running the grader.
    Mulch, $450 but $500 is not unusual around here.

    Removing stuff?
    $200 per 6x12x2 trailer load.
    What else needed to be cleared out?
    I'm going to stop here, but $1200 and I'm just warming up to it.

    As for this:
    WHEW, you're off the hook!
    Man I love it when they do that, this has saved my tail when I accidentally underbid before (and more than once, even somewhat recently).

    At least from the sound of things, that's my point of view.
  9. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    If I were you I would be hitting the bricks to find another bid to take this bids place.

    She might wind coming back saying something like the other company did not show, or whatever, and at that point it would be nice to tell her that you are no longer interested as you have another contract for the same time period.

  10. Pennings Gardens

    Pennings Gardens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Guys, it all comes down to this: How busy are you and how bad do you need the money? If you have enough work to keep you of the street, then let it go and don’t worry.
    If you need to do something and all of your equipment is serviced already, call her up and say you advice against it but you can mulch 1.5 to 2 inches thick and be done with 5 yards of mulch.

    Only you know how much you need the work…

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