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timtrexler
08-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Hi everyone! On a whim I just bid and won my first job. I noticed a really overgrown commercial property for sale and thought they may not have someone to take care of it. I was right and they were getting complaints from neighbors. My time estimate was right on so the job went well.

Now, if I want to continue, I know I need to invest in better tools of the trade.

Thanks to this site for the info and templates, I followed one for my quote.

Best Regards,
Tim

Steve
08-09-2009, 10:44 PM
Hi Tim,

Welcome to our forum!

Thank is fantastic news! How big of a property is this? What have you learned so far from the experience? Would you have bid anything differently if you could re-bid it?

arthur712
08-10-2009, 12:28 AM
Great job Tim! Welcome to thi forum.

timtrexler
08-10-2009, 11:09 PM
Thanks Steve!
It is a former steakhouse, about the size of an Olive Garden.

I learned that I can do the job with basic equipment and techniques but better tools would make it easier and faster.

IMHO I bid it perfectly. I ended up a half hour shy of my estimated time...and that was after a bad head wound :-( I spoke to a friend that has an established business and he told me he would have done it for the same but would have done for less if he needed the work.

About the head wound. I had been in and out of that truck many times on Friday...just not with a pair of safety glasses on my head. As I jumped in the truck to get a drink the glasses hit the door frame and jammed into my scalp. As I sat down and looked in the mirror blood was streaming down my face. With no rags around (note: take rags) I wiped off and applied pressure with my t-shirt. I really expected to have to call for help but as bad as it seemed the blood stopped very quickly. I sat there a bit to make sure all was okay and then hopped out, carefully, and spent another hour on the job. I must have been a sight out there along the main road with a bloody shirt and a streak down my forehead! ! ! The glasses did not shatter as I initially thought...just a blunt hit about an inch long. A few days later it is about healed.

Take care,
Tim

Hi Tim,

Welcome to our forum!

Thank is fantastic news! How big of a property is this? What have you learned so far from the experience? Would you have bid anything differently if you could re-bid it?

timtrexler
08-10-2009, 11:11 PM
Great job Tim! Welcome to the forum.

Thanks Arthur!

Steve
08-11-2009, 12:08 AM
About the head wound. I had been in and out of that truck many times on Friday...just not with a pair of safety glasses on my head. As I jumped in the truck to get a drink the glasses hit the door frame and jammed into my scalp. As I sat down and looked in the mirror blood was streaming down my face. With no rags around (note: take rags) I wiped off and applied pressure with my t-shirt. I really expected to have to call for help but as bad as it seemed the blood stopped very quickly. I sat there a bit to make sure all was okay and then hopped out, carefully, and spent another hour on the job. I must have been a sight out there along the main road with a bloody shirt and a streak down my forehead! ! ! The glasses did not shatter as I initially thought...just a blunt hit about an inch long. A few days later it is about healed.

I am glad you are ok! WOW that must have been shocking when it happened!

I learned that I can do the job with basic equipment and techniques but better tools would make it easier and faster.

IMHO I bid it perfectly. I ended up a half hour shy of my estimated time...and that was after a bad head wound :-( I spoke to a friend that has an established business and he told me he would have done it for the same but would have done for less if he needed the work.

There are a lot of new business owners that read the forum and I am sure they are wondering how did you get the bid lined up? Did you just walk in and talk with the manager or how did it happen?

Is the restaurant in operation now or no?

If it's not, who do you have the contract with? The owner or the realtor or how does that work?

timtrexler
08-12-2009, 12:56 AM
I am glad you are ok! WOW that must have been shocking when it happened!



There are a lot of new business owners that read the forum and I am sure they are wondering how did you get the bid lined up? Did you just walk in and talk with the manager or how did it happen?

Is the restaurant in operation now or no?

If it's not, who do you have the contract with? The owner or the realtor or how does that work?

Shocking was a good way to describe it:D

The restaurant is closed and the property is up for lease/sale. The owner is unsure if he will raze it or remodel.

Here is how I won this job:
1. Notice a property for sale that is lacking attention
2. Call the realtor listed on the sign and ask to service the property
3. The realtor took my info, actually I emailed it to him.
4. Realtor passed info along to property owner
5. Property owner's assistant contacted me and requested a quote
6. I then had to find a suitable format for a quote (THANKS GF!), take another look at the property, visualize the work and put the quote in my own format.
7. In the meantime the realtor contacted me and pressed me to get the quote in...the neighbors were complaining about the weeds :)
8. I submitted my quote after settling on what I thought was a fair wage for my estimated time and materials
9. The owner emailed me directly and accepted the quote, his asst also emailed me and asked for a start date which I made a priority.
10. I completed the job quickly, took pics and, using a Word template, created an invoice which I then emailed to the asst.
11. I contacted the realtor to let him know the job was complete. I also requested that he contact me when similar services are needed. He replied that he would and that I should keep in touch.

I see a niche market for servicing commercial properties w/o a long term contract...especially with businesses failing and new business growth stalled. A lot of properties are on hold and will fall into a state of disrepair w/o care.

This is a total side deal for me so I am not concerned with steady jobs at this point.

Thanks,
Tim

Steve
08-12-2009, 02:52 AM
Thats great!

Could we see a picture of what the property looked like?