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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:58 PM
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Hi all!! I am the new guy on this site, and found this site to help with a bid that i have to do.

Heres my situation. I was called by a contracting company that wins the goverment bids for like reserves. It is a company called Capital Contractors, has anyone heard of them?

I looked the company up on the website and they seem legit but you never know.

I went and looke at the property it is a army reserve building, the total property is 172k sq feet. and trimming amount is well over 2k feet!

On this property i would be using my 48 in mower, 36 in mower and 21 in mower and would be buying a 60 inch zero turn, right now it is just me but i have a friend that is in the business that would help me out in doing the job. I figure that with the two of us it would probably take about 8-10 hours because of the mowing, and trimming amount, not to mention blowing off the walks and parkinglot.

So i usually shoot for about 50-70 a hr. so this would be 8 to 10 man hours wich would be 800 to 1400 a cut. The cut would be weekly, and they want a little bit of mulch but not sure with that yet, and they are changing around the amount of grass because the building just got a face lift. and im supposed to compromise for this.

I am looking for some feed back on these prices per hour? if it sounds right or not? also to see if anyone has worked for those companies. I would say that of mowing it would propably be about 3 acres, but its a lot of trimming and blowing off of the walks thats where most of the time comes in i believe. but i am not sure where it is my first one ive been bidding on.

Thanks all for your answers in advance,

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I haven't heard of that company. Since you are going to be working on government property, do they require to be bonded or no?

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so this would be 8 to 10 man hours wich would be 800 to 1400 a cut.
That would be between $100 to $140 per hour for the job?
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That would be between $100 to $140 per hour for the job?
Ok should i be consurned that you havent heard of the company and i havent either? The company just asked if i was insured wich i am so im assuming no bonding.

i missed typed it would be about 40 to 70 dollars a man hour for about 8 to 10 hours(closer to the 10 hours my gut is telling me) so about 800 to 1400.
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Ok should i be consurned that you havent heard of the company and i havent either? The company just asked if i was insured wich i am so im assuming no bonding.
No, because there are many companies out there like them. Keep us posted though on your review of them.

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i missed typed it would be about 40 to 70 dollars a man hour for about 8 to 10 hours(closer to the 10 hours my gut is telling me) so about 800 to 1400.
If you can get that range from them, I'd say go for it. We are seeing plenty of discussions on the forum of working with other companies as subcontractors where the lawn care business owner may get $25 for an hour of tough mowing.
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If you can get that range from them, I'd say go for it. We are seeing plenty of discussions on the forum of working with other companies as subcontractors where the lawn care business owner may get $25 for an hour of tough mowing.
I would say your bid is a tad bit high. The rate is fare, I just think your time is off. I havent seen the property though. So if you think it will take that long it might. I would just Remember others will be bidding too. If it does take 10 then $800 is not to bad. I would invest in a walk behind trimmer if your worried about the time it takes to trim. For comparison I cut a 20 acre campground that had a 100 lots. Each one had 50 ft of trimming. It took 3 guys 10 hours.

I have a commercial account that is 3 acres and we can do it in 3 hours with 2 people without the ZTR. The first time it did take longer but we work on efficiency and have done it in as little as 2 hours. I bidded this property for 5 hours. It never took that.

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If you can get that range from them, I'd say go for it. We are seeing plenty of discussions on the forum of working with other companies as subcontractors where the lawn care business owner may get $25 for an hour of tough mowing.
Wow so the quote process is completely different than a residential account where they wil pay more if the quality is there. I submitted the bid last week and should know this week towards the end of it if i got the job or not. I think what will hurt my bid is that i am not doing snow removal or sanding because i am not equiped for that right now. But i will defenatly keep you posted
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I would say your bid is a tad bit high. The rate is fare, I just think your time is off. I havent seen the property though. So if you think it will take that long it might. I would just Remember others will be bidding too. If it does take 10 then $800 is not to bad. I would invest in a walk behind trimmer if your worried about the time it takes to trim. For comparison I cut a 20 acre campground that had a 100 lots. Each one had 50 ft of trimming. It took 3 guys 10 hours.

I have a commercial account that is 3 acres and we can do it in 3 hours with 2 people without the ZTR. The first time it did take longer but we work on efficiency and have done it in as little as 2 hours. I bidded this property for 5 hours. It never took that.
Ok thanks for your input. Nice to see your a pretty local guy also im out of RI. The property would probably take one day to do. Im judging by what size property is across the street from my house and the lco is there all day. and this property is bigger than that one. This property is almost 4 acres, but its under construction so i had to bid as if grass was in some areas. thats what i told the contractor to if its beds with mulch, that need to be weeded it will be a different price. but they would not give me the plans so i had to assume its grass. Also this is my first big commercial job so im trying to cover myself if it does take longer than anticipated. not to mention theres like 65 planters to trim around that are about 15 ft around. its insane!! hahaha

But i do apreciate your imput because any tips i could learn now would help me in the future with bidding out jobs if i do not get this one. For a first time did i do a decent bid? for the rate? Feedback please.
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Hi all!! I am the new guy on this site, and found this site to help with a bid that i have to do.

Heres my situation. I was called by a contracting company that wins the goverment bids for like reserves. It is a company called Capital Contractors, has anyone heard of them?

I looked the company up on the website and they seem legit but you never know.

I went and looke at the property it is a army reserve building, the total property is 172k sq feet. and trimming amount is well over 2k feet!

On this property i would be using my 48 in mower, 36 in mower and 21 in mower and would be buying a 60 inch zero turn, right now it is just me but i have a friend that is in the business that would help me out in doing the job. I figure that with the two of us it would probably take about 8-10 hours because of the mowing, and trimming amount, not to mention blowing off the walks and parkinglot.

So i usually shoot for about 50-70 a hr. so this would be 8 to 10 man hours wich would be 800 to 1400 a cut. The cut would be weekly, and they want a little bit of mulch but not sure with that yet, and they are changing around the amount of grass because the building just got a face lift. and im supposed to compromise for this.

I am looking for some feed back on these prices per hour? if it sounds right or not? also to see if anyone has worked for those companies. I would say that of mowing it would propably be about 3 acres, but its a lot of trimming and blowing off of the walks thats where most of the time comes in i believe. but i am not sure where it is my first one ive been bidding on.

Thanks all for your answers in advance,

Ben

Owner of Nature's View Landscaping
That seem little high but in your area might be the price
3 acres to mow myself less then a hour open and tight areas might take 1.5 hr no more then 2 hrs at top
With out seeing the job be to hard tell you what to charge+ your overhead
If you are comfortable with ur price then turn it in
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