Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Commercial Bidding


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-09-2011, 10:33 PM
jrod14's Avatar
jrod14 jrod14 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Great State Of Texas (South)
Posts: 47
Rep Power: 5
jrod14 is on a distinguished road
Default Commercial Bidding

well...i recently started to cross into the landscaping market. I usually just offer standard mowing but right when i started to decide to offer full landscaping. i got the chance to bid on a huge project. Its a 6 acre retirement home with 3.03 acres of turf, 2 courtyards that need about 3,000 sqft redone each and 5,000 sq ft of real estate in the front office. Not to mention i had the chance to bid on the mowing and lawn maintenance too. I submitted the bid 2 weeks ago and most likely wont hear anything for another 3-4 weeks. I know i really sold the mowing. i actually impressed myself but did a hell of a job with the bid..i hope. thanks to all of you guys where i have gotten my research and info. the ground manager actually told me what he is paying and he is currently paying $1100 monthly for the mowing and trimming on both courtyards. of course...you get what you pay for and you can definitely tell on that property. it looks really over worked. the grass is dead and continues to be mowed at the short improper heith of 2" for st. augustine. I put in a bid for $2258 monthly. but this covers 17 palms, 25 oak trees, 20 little oaks, 200 ft of bushes 4 ft high, fertilizing 4 times a year and i threw in the the trimming of the courtyards and powerwashing the courtyard walkways twice a year. the good thing is that if i am awarded this account i will get paid the same in the winter months for 2 cuts as i would for 4 weekly cuts during the season. i figured if the guy is paying $1100 a month for just a cut...why not figure a full service one stop shop price and offer that. so i was in his office explaining the whole deal and services and the great thing was that he told me "man, you know what you are talking about! im extremely impressed with you and your company. If it were up to me..you would be hired right now but i have to send this to corporate. But Mr. Rodriguez, i will definitely try to sway them with your company. I like what i hear and am excited to see this place turned around!" As big as a compliment as it was...it scared the hell outta me too!! haha! i know its a hell of a deal for both of us and this account could really put my business out there. i didnt offer anything i couldnt handle and i always stick to my words was very important in this bid. i guess thats why i am really excited about this one. Here in South Texas...alot of companies have burned the hell outta customers. I want to fix that by keeping my word and offering great service. i know you guys would need pics to really tell if this is a good deal or not but your input would be great. i have pics but there are so many that it would take me days to upload. I guess i really just want to thank all of you too because i have done tons of research from this site and read so much material...its like you guys helped me bid it. Say a prayer for A CUT ABOVE LAWN CARE! Oh, so the final price was $28k a year for the full service mowing and $19k for a full complete renovation in landscaping with cleanup, new plants, mulch, edging, weed barrier...you name it! I have a great feeling about this one and did my homework on this bid. I know it will payoff! I will keep you guys posted! Heres also a pic of my new logo. well the logo is just the baseball themed part but im getting a trailer sign made with this one. As far as an update on my mower....its a hell of a worker! Got new paint and decals to make it look brand spankin' new! Not to mention its new kawasaki 27hp engine, clutch and xmsn! Ck out my website at www.acalawncare.com and let me know what you think. Thanks! Jacob Rodriguez
Attached Images
File Type: jpg ACA Lawn Trlr Sign.jpg (54.0 KB, 16 views)
__________________
Jacob Rodriguez
A Cut Above Lawn Care
acalawncaretx@gmail.com
www.acalawncare.com

Last edited by jrod14; 05-09-2011 at 10:42 PM. Reason: misspellings
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 05-10-2011, 07:06 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Jacob,

I am crossing my fingers for you! I really like your logo too.

Could you take out all the contact information and show us how you put the bid together? It would really help others just getting started to see how the process is done.

Also, could you show an overhead view as a way of giving a visual for the project?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-10-2011, 08:22 PM
jrod14's Avatar
jrod14 jrod14 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Great State Of Texas (South)
Posts: 47
Rep Power: 5
jrod14 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Hi Jacob,

I am crossing my fingers for you! I really like your logo too.

Could you take out all the contact information and show us how you put the bid together? It would really help others just getting started to see how the process is done.

Also, could you show an overhead view as a way of giving a visual for the project?
Thanks Steve! Well, i measured all the turf with a measuring wheel. It came out to 3.03 acres. I usually cut $100 and acre but since there was so much trimming. I had to up the price to $150 and acre which is my max. I know i know $150 AN ACRE! It is a lil expensive but i made up for the price in other ways. He wants this property shining. There are some bare spots and it is dry down here right now. luckily he has fixed the irrigation system and i must say shoots plenty of water to keep this property immaculate. I offer seeding first and then 4 fertilizings per year. A buddy of mine trims palms, trees so i got him involved. he has been doing alot of work for me now so i can offer trimming 25ft + palms. added those in at whatever he charged and marked it up 15%. added weed control at $150 per month based on area. I took all of those totals and divided them into 12 of course so it is only $1000 more than what they are paying now but for 5 times the service. I am offering them 15% for the first 3 months until the property progresses and after 6 months a chance to secure another 12 months at this years price regardless of the economy if they renew their service agreement. sounds risky but if they do award me this contract. its alot of money. I pretty much marked up all the materials needed for this year 20% and added about 55% labor to the gross total and came out with the net total for the year. sounds a lil difficult but at the end....it really is a great deal for a better price than what they would just pay for mowing. I also input a turf assesment and trouble shooting criteria in my bid sold my insurance in my bid since so many companies around here lack the insurance. I probably could of come down $100 maybe $200 on the final monthly price but im getting tired of so many low ballers out here. so, im not budging. if i dont get it...i dont get it but their property wont get any better paying what they are currently paying. The manager is a cool guy so i think that i have a really, really great chance at this one. We shall see. Sorry to not be more in depth on the process but im way too busy to break it down. i pretty much took what alot of people on this site were doing and took bits and pieces from everyone. I tried to develop a bidding process for me. I bid either on time, sqft or difficulty. Take care gentleman!
__________________
Jacob Rodriguez
A Cut Above Lawn Care
acalawncaretx@gmail.com
www.acalawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-11-2011, 03:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I pretty much marked up all the materials needed for this year 20% and added about 55% labor to the gross total and came out with the net total for the year.
Are you saying that out of your total bill, 55% of it is for labor? Or how do you work all that out?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-20-2011, 01:15 AM
jrod14's Avatar
jrod14 jrod14 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Great State Of Texas (South)
Posts: 47
Rep Power: 5
jrod14 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Are you saying that out of your total bill, 55% of it is for labor? Or how do you work all that out?
thats exactly what im saying. dont know if its too much or too little. i added all my labor costs and with my estimate. i should really be on top. but...i do know that for example when you hire contractors for building. they usually charge whatever you spend on materials for labor too. meaning they charge 100% of what the materials is for labor. if i get this bid it should pay about $130-$155 an hour. Man, i hope i get it! I gotta call him in the next couple of days to ck on the status.
__________________
Jacob Rodriguez
A Cut Above Lawn Care
acalawncaretx@gmail.com
www.acalawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-20-2011, 06:39 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Great! I am looking forwards to hearing your results!
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bidding on Commercial Contracts Fluster33 Starting a lawn care business. 1 05-06-2010 02:26 PM
Help on first time bidding small commercial bam2597 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 02-24-2009 11:29 PM
Commercial Bidding choicelandscapes Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 4 05-06-2008 07:04 PM
Bidding Larger Commercial Contracts mowboy General Business Discussions 4 07-13-2006 11:58 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Today 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 247
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Today 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 308
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Today 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 425
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Today 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,228
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Today 07:16 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,380
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Today 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 221
Hi from IL
steveinil
Yesterday 02:07 PM
Today 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 57
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
Yesterday 07:27 AM
Today 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 61
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Today 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 634
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Today 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 387
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Today 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,268
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:42 AM
by Steve
5 387
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Today 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 450
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Today 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,576
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 214
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,245
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 692
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 343
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 567
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 177
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,032
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 575
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,939
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,518
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,251
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 840
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 619
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 542
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 384
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,457
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 316
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 584
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,665
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,785
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,947
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,763
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 502
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 704
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 391
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 450
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,400
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 668
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 568
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 369
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 389
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 647
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 427
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 482
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 524
hello, new to this site
tonyorwig
10-31-2014 10:49 PM
11-04-2014 02:24 PM
by tonyorwig
3 694
» Popular Tags
2wd aerocore apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter charge christmas collections employee problems equipment rental estimate exmark ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul gravely holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic jobs kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing mr dave mulch mulch price new business ordinance per hour service podcast push versus ride savannah scag v-ride search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steep lawns stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer trimmer rack truck new used landscape walker won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:35 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:35 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy