Maintanence of a Subdivision

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by miltthemower, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. miltthemower

    miltthemower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I have the opportunity to do an entire subdivision. Basically the Green space, entrances and houses that have not been maintained or are vacant.

    My question is, how do I go about charging for this.

    Do I charge per acre of green space?
    Do I charge a relatively low fee to do several houses?
    Also, do I purchase the mulch, flower etc. then bill the client for the mulch, flower etc.
    I do not have the equipment to handle such a job. If I get the contract, should I sell it to another LCO?
    Or should I work with another LCO doing the work?

    By the way I have been working hard for a situation to come like this too me for about three years.

    I have a meeting with the HOA board on Sunday 10/12/08. So any info would be valuable.

  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Why are you even considering bidding something you neither have the equipment necessary to do the work with of have the basic knowlege to bid?

    No offence but this is a ridiculous series of questions.

    Stick to what you can handle.
  3. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    Don't get in over your head. Without knowing costs, equipment, and employees there's no possible way that you could even get close on this bid. Stick to residentials for a few yrs to learn the ropes.
  4. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I would have to agree with Fool. You have no idea what kind of overhead is involved to have a company to perform this type of contract. You can bid it, but when you try to sub it out you may find you will be upside down on the contract. You may also find that the larger companies can do it way less than you because of economies of scale. Stay away and work your way up to these types of properties. There is nothing wrong with doing residentials and small commercials for the first couple of years to get a good grip hold on your cost, effeciencies and ineffeciencies. One contract like this that is under bid can sink your ship.
  5. miltthemower

    miltthemower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Thanks for the insight.
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220


    what did you do ?

    dont keep us hanging like this............
  7. miltthemower

    miltthemower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I am pursuing my dreams. You can not have everything in place all the time to take a chance at something.
  8. Precision Maintenance

    Precision Maintenance LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 3

    There is a difference in persuing your dream and making a fool of yourself. You need to be confident but at the same time realistic. Depending on how big the account is you need to first know if you have enough equipment... enough so that you dont have to go buy a bunch of it and be in the hole and struggle the whole time making sure you get everything paid for. Another thing is man power. Of course it doesnt take much to cut grass, but having reliable guys that are going to work hard can take trial and error. Not being sure of this can make you look VERY bad at the start.

    If you are still considering it, make sure that you dont come in at the lowest price. The lowest price isnt always the best.
  9. OsbornLawnMaintenance

    OsbornLawnMaintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    If I were you I'd come up with a bid and then go about 30% over it. If you get the bid then your chances of being over your head are alot less. If you lose the bid then nothing is really lost. Anything can be acomplished with enough money.

    SDNCLAWNCARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Go For It! Read Alot, ask plenty of questions.... Sometimes learning the hard way is the best way.

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