when you bid commercial...do you....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by instyle, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    Do you break down the cost of everything? Or do you give them a grand total?


    cut and trim----$45
    Leave clean up---$75
    Bed edging---$35

    Cut and trim, leave clean up, bed edging --- $155.

    which do you do?
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I think you meant 'leaf' cleanup, not 'leave cleanup'. There is a HUGE difference there. Why would you charge to 'leave cleanup'?

    But to answer your Q I itemize everything. Only sum a total when doing a package deal.
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    The second one if it was me, then your customer can't say "well your leaf clean up is $10 less than the other guy but you want an extra $5 for bed-edging, so just do the leaf clean up and we'll have him do the leaves."

    At least thats how I look at it.
  4. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    They want it broken down into catagories, usually like these:

    Lawn (price for season with # of estimated cuts)
    Spring clean up
    Fall clean up
    Flowers (per flat, # of mums, etc)
    Shrub trimming (2-3 times a season)
    Weeding/edging of beds and sidewalks
  5. Ky.Smoke

    Ky.Smoke LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I agree with Dixie. That is how I break it down. Sometimes they ask for more but rarely.
  6. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Mowing and fert is usually priced out...Why don't you just ask the customer what they want? I guess that is how I usually bid everything.
  7. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Mow and edge
    Hourly leaf (otherwise you are screwing yourself)
    Bed maintenance
    other misc that they require.
    add all
    divide by 12
    monthly payment.
    All commercial are on a yearly contract. Period. No accept ions.
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Grand total, 12 month contract all rolled into one. :drinkup:
  9. whiteslawnservices

    whiteslawnservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    All your commercial accounts you wont there business right ?well there is an idea that we do on a yearly accounts set it up as a yearly accounts with lawn maint and leaves and debis removal that way it hits winter you still eat and a monthly checks rolling in while all you do is be seen picking up paper or mulching you leaves with a zero turn mower drop the deck down 2inches drive like your mowing the property blowing all the leaves in a pile then mulch it down to dust then spread it around it disapears and you dont have to bag or haul off leaves.
  10. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    i give em 2 prices on the same bid sheet :

    standard service : mow ,trim ,edge ,blow ,overseed ,light debris removal .

    complete maint : all of ^^^^^ plus fert ,weed control ,mulch .

    but i never ever break it all down into price per service they pay for a package .

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