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You don't know how to bid... Is this how you learn?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eddie B, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 859

    Lets say you've never placed a commercial bid for mowing. You're familiar with bids that have been placed on this particular property, and you want to match those bids or possibly beat them. You've got the same size crew as your competitor, but you don't know how long it will take to complete the work or what the cost of operation will be. You think its a job you can handle, and you want to "feel it out" for a year so you can better estimate bids on other properties. Your bid would be approx. $10,000 for mow, trim, blow. Think it would work?

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Well yeah, to a certain extent bidding is trial and error...however I wouldn't bid any amount if I hadn't a clue to the man hours involved...bids from other LCO's could be clueless as well.

    No sense in bothering to get a commercial account just so you can lose money on it all year long...
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,452

    One way to determine how long it takes to mow a property is watch the company mow it, if you have no experience.

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