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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
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Ok Here is a Google earth picture of the job I need to bid on. I need a fast answer as I have to be there to meet with administrators tomorrow morning at 8am. I had no idea of the scope of the job until I got the address and looked it up a few minutes ago. The picture is below. I have to cut every pond bank, there are 11 in total. They sit at a 45 degree angle and I am told some of the weeds are 4' tall and 1" in dia. Should I still stick with my $35 per hour estimate? Only 6 of the ponds are full so I think those will be the hard ones. I called my bid in to my contact and they told me to reconsider because it was more work than I thought and to be there in the morning.
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I am guessing you are going to have to manually trim it with your line trimmer? How long are you estimating this would take?
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I am guessing you are going to have to manually trim it with your line trimmer? How long are you estimating this would take?
Ok so I just got home. Its actually not as bad as it looks. 3 of the ponds now have large rock on the banks and weeds dont grown there so that means there are only 8 of them to do and half those are empty so that's a plus. I though about buying a cheepo trimmer and hiring help but that would cost me $300 for 2 days. I quoted $500 and 2 days. I may have to put in 10-12 hour days but at least I wont have labor to pay. Also that puts me at $250 per day which is above my $200 per day minimum. I did learn there are so many more variables when working for a public entity for example when I got there I was told NOT to tell the Admin that I was not licensed or no way would I get it. However my bid was right at the state max for someone with out a landscape contractor license so I am good there. Also from what I understand I may be waiting a week or two before I get word weather or not I actually get the job or not which is fine.
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From what we have seen on here, government jobs usually require proof of all this.

Why do you think they didn't require it?
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Steve. Its my understanding that they are a privately owned water district that is under contract and funded by the county so all the normal county regulations such as fair bidding practices do not apply.
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Oh very interesting! Keep us posted on how this all works out. I wonder if they will let you know how much the winning bid was for after it is decided. Also, is there any way to see the previous years winning bid?
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