Under bid again!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dodgemania, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I'm starting to get a little discouraged this season. I bid on a 4 acre Lawn maintencance job. Residential. A few trees in the the way, so it wasn't wide open field. I bid a $185 on it that includes mowing and trimming. After I submitted the bid I thought man I should of raised that a little. To my suprise I was to high. It seems I've been getting outbid alot at the beginning not just for lawns either.
    It seems everybody in my area are price shopping real hard this year.
  2. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    My bad title should be "over bid again".

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    That's the thing with the larger lawns, you tend to get a wide variety of prices for the same job. Better to be sure you'll make money on it than to get desperate.
  4. kmclawn

    kmclawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Just make sure you are bidding on how much you need to make on each job. Everybody has a different amount they need to stay in business. Anyone who lowballs just to get a job will not be in business long.
  5. Lance007

    Lance007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Send them a follow up letter after a month or two asking if they are satisfied with the service they are receiving. Odds are they will be cutting corners ( no pun intended) to make a profit.
  6. wally world III

    wally world III LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    60" zero turn mower ??????????????????????//

    damn we do 4 acres for $145.00

    takes 1.15 hours..............
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It has a lot to do with location. Also, how many mowers and people do you have doing 4 acres in 1.15 hours?
  8. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    Are you loosing these bids to other established LCO"S or guys just getting into the biz that should determine if you are bidding to high or low for your area!
  9. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Man from the description (could be totally off) I could mow that in about 1 hr with the zero turn, trim and blow in 20 minutes by myself! that would be about $100
  10. gaulk

    gaulk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    4 or more acres being done for about 30-33 $ acre don't like it but what u going to do

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