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    Got a call yesterday to price a commecial property. I went out and measured and came up with 55,000 sq ft.. I came up with a bid of $100 to mow it. It's basiclly flat minamal obsticales with one area with a little hill. Heres a bing map http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qyk...ct&FORM=LMLTCC what are your thoughts. I'm figureing around 1.5 hrs to cut it
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    What services did they want performed? Just mowing or was there more to it?

    What kind of mower will you be using?
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    • #3
      It's just for mow,trim and blow. There are some flower beds around the office area that are in need of mulching that I'm going to propose doing, around 4 yards worth. I will offer a 5% discount for a signed agreement and a additional 5% discount on the mulched beds if they agree to that price which I'm quoting at $325 or $308.75.
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      • #4
        It's just for mow,trim and blow. There are some flower beds around the office area that are in need of mulching that I'm going to propose doing, around 4 yards worth. I will offer a 5% discount for a signed agreement and a additional 5% discount on the mulched beds if they agree to that price which I'm quoting at $325 or $308.75.
        Is the $325 per mow? How many mows a month?

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        • #5
          Is the $325 per mow? How many mows a month?
          325 per mow sound good to me. It look's like it will be an easy mow. I have a few big lots like this one, And I put them at the end of the day or at the end of the week. Because I find mowing them relaxing it's a good ending to the day or week.

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          • #6
            I will offer a 5% discount for a signed agreement and a additional 5% discount on the mulched beds if they agree to that price which I'm quoting at $325 or $308.75.
            So will the $325 be for the mowing or re-mulching the flower beds?
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            • #7
              $325 will be for mulch install one time deal and the mow will be $100 3-4 cuts per month or $300-$400 per month to mow.
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              • #8
                $325 will be for mulch install one time deal and the mow will be $100 3-4 cuts per month or $300-$400 per month to mow.
                Dont lowball your self $100 is lowballing

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                • #9
                  What is your view on what should be charged and can you explain a little why you feel he should charge that fee?
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                  • #10
                    What is your view on what should be charged and can you explain a little why you feel he should charge that fee?
                    Yes steve, I "think" he is trying to base his price for a commercial property on what he would charge for a residential property. Looking at it, 325 a time might be a little high but you can always negotiate.
                    Most of the commercial property's that I have are large and require more than just mowing. They started out as mowing clients. I have learned that once you start mowing and doing a good job they always need something extra. For example last year one of my largest clients asked if I would cut down a small tree that had died on the property. It was no big deal stuff like that comes up with commercial clients all the time, and they just wan't you to handle it, hence the commercial price.

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                    • #11
                      B -2 you are right I am pricing as what I would for a residential A lawn is a lawn no? Do you feel I should charge more? What would you charge? This is strictly a mow and blow job with a trim in between mows hour and a half tops. I threw in the mulch quote hoping for an up sell for $325 only reason that's so cheap is I was figuring a skim coat of 2" mulch. Seriously what would you charge I 'm still new to this game and do not want to low ball. Your thoughts appreciated.
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                      • #12
                        B -2 you are right I am pricing as what I would for a residential A lawn is a lawn no? Do you feel I should charge more? What would you charge? This is strictly a mow and blow job with a trim in between mows hour and a half tops. I threw in the mulch quote hoping for an up sell for $325 only reason that's so cheap is I was figuring a skim coat of 2" mulch. Seriously what would you charge I 'm still new to this game and do not want to low ball. Your thoughts appreciated.
                        Ed
                        Yes a lawn is a lawn, here is how I see it, if a home owner chooses to have a lawncare company come in and take care of their lawn it's a luxury for them. they could go out and get a weedeater and a mower and take care of it themselves. At a commercial property who is going to weedeat and mow, The secretary? so yes you can charge more than you would for a residential.
                        As for what I would charge? There are several factors that have to considered when asking this question.
                        First, is what is the competition charging? You need to know
                        Second, Can you afford to compete with what the competition is charging?
                        Third, are you taking on this job to pay the bills? Or is this job extra income?
                        You need to have a commercial sales pitch. In your pitch you need to emphasize that you are the one-stop-shop for them. "sprinklers, mulch, mowing, all the up sale stuff" You have to sell yourself and what you can do!!!! One of my pitches is you hire me so you don't have to think about your business - it is taken care of.
                        Commercial is where the money is at. So in my area, I would charge min $200
                        But don't go off of what I would charge. Charge what the market will bear.
                        I also know that everybody runs their business a little difernt. I tend to be agressive. so keep that in mind.

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                        • #13
                          B-2 Thanks for the input and ideas on sales pitch gives me something to work on.
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                          • #14
                            I would have said $100-110 or $125 if it looked like they were going to be a difficult customer. but that is to use a 61"ztr... as long as they are open to using a large mower then i think you are right on the price. like you said, it will be a simple mow and it couldnt take more than 2 hours. $50/hour is a good rate. you are right with your price.

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                            • #15
                              Keep us posted on how this turns out.
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