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Skyline Chili bid 1st comm. need help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Smitty58, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I placed approx 20 flyers in an upscale subdivision today. I spoke face to face when possible and left flyers when not. No more than 1 hour after I got home I got a call from a guy wanting a bid on edgeing and mulch but no mowing. Than he asked me if I did commercial property. I haven't got into comm. yet but I told him I would like to and I have plenty of insurance to do it. He then told me he owns 3 Skyline Chili's in the area and would I like to bid on them? Of course I said yes. Now since I have not done any commercial bidding I could use some help. Do you price commercial props any differently or just figure how long it would take and price accordingly?
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Its a thought that commercial will pay lots more than residential, an incorrect thought. Just price it as anything else. The thing I like is we can do the early in the morning when we cant do residential.
  3. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    do you have work in the areas where all 3 locations are? He probably wants a low bid since he thinks he has "volume". Unless you have other work in all 3 areas, id pass honestly... or at least charge him for drive time (dont include your unused variable costs in that drive time rate though)
  4. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    Mac- I don't currently have any work in the areas these 3 stores are in. I'm thinking this could lead to work in those areas once I land these ,plus he has a large home I hope to get as well. So the question I guess is do I try to add for drive time or not and hope I get more work from these. By the way Mac you are not to far from me ,I'm in Trenton.
  5. Birddog Lawncare

    Birddog Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 73

    I think I would do it for FREE year round SkyLine Chilli. I'm probably come out on top.
  6. Hopper1124

    Hopper1124 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 54

    Some advice Skyline is looking for the lowest price possible, and no care about quality. Don't low ball them tell them this is your best price, tell them your paying for quality like their chili not Gold Star. My buddy Family own several Skylines, since they went Corporate they have been a mess.

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