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Old 07-31-2007, 07:29 PM
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Hey guys as most of you know I am one of the newer lawn service business' to my area and I was called and asked if I would be interested in servicing 12 commercial reality properties this evening. I would love to get this contract (especially something this big after just starting less than 2 months ago) but I honestly have no idea how to bid on commercial property. Can someone give me some tips within the next 24 hours so that I can get back with this gentleman regarding the properties. I have not gone out to see them yet. Like I said I received the call this evening and there are 12 properties all over Hampton Roads to go and see. Plus, there are other questions I need to ask once I have an idea how to bid for the general lawn services (if he needs landscaping services in the spring and fall, fertilizer, etc...).
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Was the call from a property management company? I do about 8 properties from a PMC. What you want to do is do a walk around the property with the person in charge of hiring you to find out exactly what kind of services they want. It will most likely be a weekly service (dont do bi weekly services... that can be more trouble than it is worth). Bid on how long it will take you to do the services. I figure mine by $1 per minute. This covers mowing, edging, blowing, trimming shrubs. I will charge a little extra for things that are needed as they come such as, spraying weeds (check your local laws, that can be a hefty fine for not having a spray license), fertilizing, weed control in lawns, mole and gopher control, trimming trees, etc.
Find out if there are any things that need to be addressed immediately, you may need to charge an initial clean-up charge. Most commercial properties are willing to pay a higher fee for your services if they know you will do a good job.
Another thing usually required would be liability insurance. Not a huge expense. I have 1 million coverage for $900 per year.
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let us know what happens with them
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Hi Clean Lawn,

I am happy to see a lot of good information was posted already. The one thing we see many new lawn care business owners trip up on in such situations is they way underbid large jobs because they are so anxious to land them. You have to be careful you don't do this because the larger the job is, the more money you can lose.

Definitely visit the job sites and walk the property to see how long it would take you to service it.

Congratulations on all this! Let us know how it goes no matter what happens and share with us your experience dealing with such businesses.
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I have to see the properties, there are 12 of them. I have seen a couple of them just driving by on day to day business. I know there isn't an enormous amount of grass to cut but I know they have landscaping done twice a year, mulch, etc... Thanks for all the information and I will let everyone know if we get it or not.
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I have not heard back from Merchants regarding these properties but I received a call on Thursday from a property manager regarding 11 rental properties and 1 for his personal property. I am going to try and talk with him more today and see what he is deciding on. (This one came from craigslist).
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If you don't hear back from them, don't feel like you can't call them to find out more info.

Keep up the great work and we look forwards to hearing what happened!
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Got a call back today and one of the rental properties with 7 properties like our bid and will be signing with us and the property manager is also asking us to sign for his personal property too. The second rental property had 4 properties and decided to go against his property managers suggestion to go with us like the other is doing and wants someone else they had in mind. Nonetheless 8 new accounts from one person is awesome and I am extremely excited about this.
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Congratulations!!

Can you share with us some advice on dealing with multiple properties in a bid?
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Can you take a few pics for us and let us in how how you came up with your bid price. I feel that is the hardest for most people. I know for me it is.

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