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Old 06-26-2008, 10:39 PM
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Hello Everyone,

I am bidding on a commerical job tomorrow on a hotel and I need your help out there. I am not sure if I am bidding on this job correctly and don't want to low-ball but at the same time I want to get the job and I am at a lose. Here is what I have along with the pic's

My estimate is $800 a month for the following
Mowing, edging, trimming and blowing off the parkinglot and walkways..
The property has a lot of small areas and then a big area around with two ponds.

Please take a look and tell me what you think..

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Let's break this job down. Can you tell us the following?

Mowing - includes steep slope near water
Hours per week =
What you would charge per week = $

Edging
Hours per week =
What you would charge per week = $

Trimming
Hours per week =
What you would charge per week = $

Blowing off the parking lot and walkways
Hours per week =
What you would charge per week = $
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Mowing - includes steep slope near water
Hours per week = 3 hour because of ponds going to have to use push mower around them. Job will take longer

What you would charge per week = $100

Edging
Hours per week = 30-45 mins
What you would charge per week = $50

Trimming
Hours per week = 45 mins -1hr
What you would charge per week = $50

Blowing off the parking lot and walkways
Hours per week = 30mins
What you would charge per week = $50
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Are you mowing around the ponds too? What kind of mower are you using?
If so, I think you are close. Around here that kind of job would pay around $600 per month. I dont know about your area though. I think if you are bidding against people, there is a chance you may get underbid just a bit. But that doesnt mean you cant still get the job. Some people will pay a little more to know that the job is going to be done right. You can sell them on that and also maybe throw in free sprinkler repairs when needed (they just pay for the sprinkler). Things like like can make or break a deal. Sometimes being a little creative can get the job.
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j_jlawns,

What does it cost you to run your business per hour?
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$40-50 dollars a day!?
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Yes, I am mowing around the ponds. I would use a 36' walk behind around the pond. I think my zero turn on that slope would end up in it. I am in the Tampa FL market. Thanks for the idea about the sprinklers...
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Let's say that it took 5 and 1/2 hours a week to service this property and you were going to service it 4 times a month.

That would be 22 man hours a month.

Bid estimate of $800 a month / (22 man hours) = $36 per man hour

If it costs you $40 to $50 a day to operate your business

I am guessing that is for 8 man hours?

$50 / (8 man hours) = $6.25 per man hour to operate your business?

So then going back to your bid:

($36 per man hour) - ($6.25 per man hour operating expenses) = $29.75 per man hour profit?

How does all that sound?
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That sound about right? but that is what I am not sure of. I don't want to under bid this commerical acct and it take me under. I have never done commerical before and I am not sure what to except. So what do you think?
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Hi j_jlawns,
I am having a hard time seeing it take 5 1/2 hours per week. To me it looks like 2 1/2 to 3. I think if you could do it in that amount of time, you would be doing pretty good, profit wise.
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