I had a very nice opportunity laid at my feet by a fairly large homebuilder in my area. We have done design and build for them for several years, always done a great job for them, and the president of the company asked me if we would be interested in maintaining all of their properties. They primarily build villa communities (duplexes) and are looking for us to maintain anywhere from currently 10 up to 20 communities. (when housing market rebounds) All of the units , all of the common ground areas. Each community has on average 40-50 units + extensive common ground areas. They want full service, weekly mowing (all irrigated), edging, trash cleanup, Then as needed/seasonal weeding,trimming (shrubs,small trees),leaf removal, over seeding, aeration,fertilizing, mulch cultivation, landscape bed edging. Remulching (will be on separate bid) This of course is not a small operation, basically its a new instant company for me. We currently do about 1 mil in sales a yr on the design/build I have 13 employees. Of course we would need to hire 4-6 more employees,buy equip etc. I have an experienced employee that has bid the time requirements for the work but my question is my hourly rate inline? I'm figuring on about $90 an hour ($1.50 min) per 2man crew. Currently the properties are being maintained by one of the largest maintenance companies in the area (hundreds of employees). As long as we are close in price the jobs are ours. This is an enormous opportunity for my company and I don't want make them think I'm trying to gouge them, on the other hand I wanna make money. We have an excellent relationship with them now and Id like to keep it that way.