What is wrong with people?

APLUS LAWN CARE

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
North Missouri
I am just venting here so don't mind me!

I went today to submit a bid to the county for mowing a few properties and 3 cemeteries. While I was there I asked to see the amount that was charged last year. I was told that the people who did it last year (I don't know who they are) charged $40 for about a 4 acre cemetery, $40 for about a 5 acre cemetery and $100 for about a 10 acre cemetery. How am I supposed to compete with that?

I thought my bid was low enough and I was really planning on getting the job and purchased additional insurance for it. What is wrong with people? There is no way they are making money mowing at that price.
 

knox gsl

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
knoxville, tn
Did they follow through the whole season at that price or not show up after the first month?
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APLUS LAWN CARE

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
North Missouri
Sorry, I guess I should have clarified better. Those prices were what was charged last summer. I am not sure if they mowed it the whole season or not, but I do know that someone has been doing it because it is mowed up nice right now. I bid on it to mow this coming season, but I don't stand a chance against people like that.
 

weaver

LawnSite Bronze Member
I am just venting here so don't mind me!

I went today to submit a bid to the county for mowing a few properties and 3 cemeteries. While I was there I asked to see the amount that was charged last year. I was told that the people who did it last year (I don't know who they are) charged $40 for about a 4 acre cemetery, $40 for about a 5 acre cemetery and $100 for about a 10 acre cemetery. How am I supposed to compete with that?

I thought my bid was low enough and I was really planning on getting the job and purchased additional insurance for it. What is wrong with people? There is no way they are making money mowing at that price.
I'm confused, are you saying they mowed it for $40 an acre or $40 for 4 acres?
 

mikeypizano

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Yatesville
Maybe they were people from church and charged just enough to cover the cost.
 

I MOW ALONE

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
WARREN MICHIGAN
I am just venting here so don't mind me!

I went today to submit a bid to the county for mowing a few properties and 3 cemeteries. While I was there I asked to see the amount that was charged last year. I was told that the people who did it last year (I don't know who they are) charged $40 for about a 4 acre cemetery, $40 for about a 5 acre cemetery and $100 for about a 10 acre cemetery. How am I supposed to compete with that?

I thought my bid was low enough and I was really planning on getting the job and purchased additional insurance for it. What is wrong with people? There is no way they are making money mowing at that price.
key words here are you were TOLD did you actually see invoice? they can and will tell you anything they want.
 

scotts lawn care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
WI
Thing is that company is maybe out of business charging those low prices. Just bid what you need, if you get it great!
 
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APLUS LAWN CARE

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
North Missouri
weaver122876 - They mow it for $40 for 4 acres (so basically $10 per acre)

mikeypizano - I didn't consider that possibility and that is quite possible.

I MOW ALONE, Richard Martin - Good point. I did not actually see the invoice but I was there when they pulled the invoice. I guess that doesn't mean they still didn't lie.
 

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