Out bided by Big Expensive Company

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by longislandlawn, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. longislandlawn

    longislandlawn LawnSite Member
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    I was out bided by the most expensive and biggest company in my area on a bed design and mulch job. Are these bigger companies getting very desperate in this economy, and bidding really really low. I bided 2,500 for a leaf removal , 30 yards of mulch , pruning , shaping, bed edging, cutting of low lying branches and building a few new beds. I am not sure how this guy went any lower , than me , this guy had like 20 guys working on it, a bob cat on site, 2 huge dump trucks. I am smaller and have less overhead and 2, 500 was even low to me.
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea his stuff will probably be on Craigslist soon unless he completed the job in an hour
  3. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe your bid was not lower than the big company. The customer could have wanted it done quickly and wanted the co. with the manpower , or the bigger co. had a better salesman. Lowest bid doesn't always get the job.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    How do you know he out bid you? Maybe they liked his presentation better.
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  5. StockmanLawnscape

    StockmanLawnscape LawnSite Member
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    It's very possible he went lower than you, however, if you didn't see the numbers, don't be so quick to assume that he did. From experience, we have gotten jobs where we weren't the lowest bid. It could be a number of things. Maybe someone from that company knew someone, maybe they put together a more professional bid, or the place that was getting the work done might have felt more comfortable paying a little more for the larger company, based on experiences/reputation. Honestly, you never know.

    The main thing is to not let it bother you. Know your costs and keep bidding away. When you think you bid too low, you probably have. No point in doing a job just to have something to do. This business is about profit, not gross. And maybe I'm wrong and the other owner did bid very low. Happens all the time, don't stress over it.
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Very true. Did you let on that you would be doing it yourself over a few days?
  7. longislandlawn

    longislandlawn LawnSite Member
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    No I would have had 4 guys on the job
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Some people feel cheated when you do a 2500 job in a day, they expect you to slave away for as long as it took them to make that money. Other love the fact that I can do 6k of work in a day with my equip and trucks. Good thing there's a customer for every contractor
  9. Njon16

    Njon16 LawnSite Member
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    Holycow 30 yards of mulch AND leaf removal AND bush trim for $2500? I'd be way way over that I assume you're getting your mulch at a extremely low prices...if not..wanna do my house? :drinkup:
  10. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good commercial work around me is hard to get of course there is always the idiot that crossed 3 lanes of traffic on me killing a cart with blower and trimmer back home from his small commercial job.
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