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 > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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.

request to bid


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-01-2013, 06:57 PM
wilcox_11 wilcox_11 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 2
wilcox_11 is on a distinguished road
Default request to bid

was wondering if anyone has a template for a request to bid that you mail to commercial properties. thanks shawn
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 03-01-2013, 07:11 PM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 7
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I don't have a template, just basically switch it up every year a little bit:
Mail (more detail)
-letterhead, with some background info (yrs in business, certs or awards...) mail out atleast once a year and again when you finally make contact with a manager.

Email (less detail straight to the point)
- "We would like to be added to your list of potential bidders..."
property managers are a pain and if you bore them they will not read or respond to your email. Send out often especially as a follow up after calling.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-01-2013, 07:27 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

I havent found anything that works. I just gave up with it. If they contact me ill bid if not then screw em.

The responses you will get.
I have a landscaper.
We budget in oct, call then.
none.
No thank you.
Talk to this person.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-01-2013, 08:00 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
I havent found anything that works. I just gave up with it. If they contact me ill bid if not then screw em.

The responses you will get.
I have a landscaper.
We budget in oct, call then.
none.
No thank you.
Talk to this person.



usually most not all but 98% of all commercial properties are handled by a management company who is a outside service who takes care of everything so when you call a commercial property and ask for a maintenance manager you are really asking for someone that does not exist, or at least in the particular company you may be speaking to.
so you are never gonna get anywhere with these people.

in my area and all the commercial properties i deal with all our contracts for the following year and bids are done in september and by october it is over with.

this time of year being march 1st all i would be doing is trying to hook up with management co's and dip the wick for next year because 99.9% of all commercial work should be pretty locked down for the year at this point.

the best bet for anyone interested in commercial is to find small to medium sized management co's and get friendly with those people because they will be your key to opening the door to quality commercial work.

word of warning is that you don't ever want to fail in a deal with a management co even if you got to eat a little because they are all associated and have their own little blacklist and share information like that.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-01-2013, 09:25 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dpld View Post
usually most not all but 98% of all commercial properties are handled by a management company who is a outside service who takes care of everything so when you call a commercial property and ask for a maintenance manager you are really asking for someone that does not exist, or at least in the particular company you may be speaking to.
so you are never gonna get anywhere with these people.

in my area and all the commercial properties i deal with all our contracts for the following year and bids are done in september and by october it is over with.

this time of year being march 1st all i would be doing is trying to hook up with management co's and dip the wick for next year because 99.9% of all commercial work should be pretty locked down for the year at this point.

the best bet for anyone interested in commercial is to find small to medium sized management co's and get friendly with those people because they will be your key to opening the door to quality commercial work.

word of warning is that you don't ever want to fail in a deal with a management co even if you got to eat a little because they are all associated and have their own little blacklist and share information like that.
I find most of that true.

The companies I deal with take bids in Feb, July and Oct.

I did just get a RFP from a large apartment complex but they were dealing with Brickman. I think there trying to get away from nationals in the last minute.

The point I was making is spamming commercial properties isnt effective. You will rarely get in touch with the right person. If you do the work might be for next year.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-02-2013, 07:47 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
I find most of that true.

The companies I deal with take bids in Feb, July and Oct.

I did just get a RFP from a large apartment complex but they were dealing with Brickman. I think there trying to get away from nationals in the last minute.

The point I was making is spamming commercial properties isnt effective. You will rarely get in touch with the right person. If you do the work might be for next year.


you are correct in that spamming commercial properties for lack of a better word is not effective.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-02-2013, 03:47 PM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 7
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default

Oh yea dead on guys, the companies that have their stuff together get their contracts out like a season before, most of mine are Aug, Sept and Jan. I'm always questioning a company that starts bidding in March, usually there was a problem from the last landscaper or this company is just unorganized.

Last season I had a company that needed me for snow removal...in January. That's crazy and of course there were reasons for this... they were a bad customer that complained every storm, every invoice and never paid on time. Needless to say...we no longer work for them.

Property managers are a major pain, what worked for me was to bug them to get answers such as what their bid timelines were then once we get that answer start calling and emailing during that month so they don't forget you.

Now I posted this on another thread how the bigger companies are such lowballers. I recently took a job off of Brickman because they were charging around $12,000.00 for a nice size development they were charging 1/2 what the rest of us were bidding its crazy but they undercut themselves, did a bad job and thats why they lost the bid. I used to think it was "the old man with a pick up and a craftsman tractor" that was putting landscapers out of business...

So like DPLD said get in with the small - medium prop mgrs you will make some money, get some experience, accumulate laborers and equipment and you will also need them as a reference.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-02-2013, 04:02 PM
wilcox_11 wilcox_11 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 2
wilcox_11 is on a distinguished road
Default

OK thanks for the input.
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
Bid assistance request! bkstearns Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 14 03-15-2011 07:34 AM
logo request yard_maid General Business Discussions 5 05-04-2005 09:19 AM
Web Design Request Steve General Business Discussions 10 02-05-2004 06:00 PM
Web Site Request Steve General Business Discussions 3 01-26-2004 06:10 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
Today 04:10 PM
Today 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 1
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,170
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Today 02:46 PM
by jrs.landscaping
15 708
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
Today 07:05 AM
Today 02:38 PM
by Steve
3 88
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
Today 10:06 AM
Today 02:23 PM
by Steve
1 61
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
Today 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 256
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Today 02:11 PM
by Steve
3 329
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:02 PM
Today 02:08 PM
by Steve
1 107
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 02:03 PM
by Steve
5 273
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
Yesterday 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 192
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
Yesterday 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 250
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
Yesterday 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 264
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 399
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 655
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
Yesterday 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 509
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
Yesterday 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,527
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,027
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
09-26-2014 06:08 PM
by jrs.landscaping
23 1,045
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,048
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,074
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,258
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 750
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,139
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 698
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,031
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 770
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,403
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,415
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,638
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,062
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,470
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 870
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,056
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,488
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 886
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,246
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 997
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,746
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,487
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,676
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,395
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 897
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,022
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 945
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,741
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,469
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,537
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 886
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 925
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 2,390
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate article marketing auger bid billy goat brushcutter care charge collections subcontractor decorating deliquentaccounts exmark ferris foreman gopherhaul grass gravely health hills holiday lighting honda how much to charge husqvarna installation john deere quik trac 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 seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing monthly mulch mulch price new buisness podcast promotion push versus ride redmax savannah scag schedule scripts seo snow snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft theft of services top dresser toro tractor auger trailer turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:44 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:44 PM.

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