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Multiple/Large Apartment bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by krrp1212, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. krrp1212

    krrp1212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    So i have a chance to bid on 9 apartment complexes for one management company. I am trying to make sure i put in a competitive bid. I already cut one 3000+ a month apartment as well as a smaller 500+ month apartment. We handle both of these in one day. The following list is how many building they have and how long i figure our 8-man crew can do them would like a few ideas on prices or how much of a discount i should put on the bid because of doing 9 for the same company...

    1. 13 Bldgs- 4 Hrs
    2. 36 Bldgs- 10 Hrs
    3. 27 Bldgs- 8 Hrs
    4. 19 Bldgs- 8 Hrs
    5. 5 Bldgs- 2 Hrs
    6. 18 Bldgs- 4 Hrs
    7. 17 Bldgs- 4 Hrs
    8. 60 Bldgs- 16 Hrs
    9. 24 Bldgs- 8 Hrs

    Total of 64 Hours each cut
    32 Cut maximum
    We also have to trim the bushes 3 times a year and install pinestraw twice, i am charging $150 per hour it will take us extra, is that fair for an 8 man crew?

    any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated...also any suggestions on mowers...hot sure to go with riders, walk-behinds, or standers...?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Just give it your best shot.
  3. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    I don't have a clue how anyone here could answer this for you.

    $150/hour for an 8 man crew? Fair? Holy cow......This is the reason I decline these kinds of jobs.

    Edit** Just for S&G's, what does that 8 man crew cost you/hr.? Are you including EVERYTHING in your cost/MH calc.?
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    sounds like you have it figured out.
  5. krrp1212

    krrp1212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

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  6. krrp1212

    krrp1212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Well 6 guys at 9 per hour...me and my dad at 38 per hour and the rest for gas...
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  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    No profit built into the trimming bushes then?
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  8. krrp1212

    krrp1212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    76 dollars for me and dad and 2.00 per bale of straw.. About 8000 bales...
    So 16k plus 600 per day...
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  9. ALC-GregH

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

    So you leave $20 for gas? How do you pay for WC insurance, SS and the tons of other expenses it takes to run a legit business if you have 8 employee's and are only charging $150hr?
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    Just curious, if you get all of these, are you going to cut for 64 hours a week plus the other two complexes which will total about 72 hours a week with one crew?
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