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Bidding a 16 acre job


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Old 04-08-2009, 10:58 PM
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Hi all ,Ive been in the lawn maintenance business for a while and seem to do good at bidding regular lawns,but lately have been getting acreage jobs. One called me with a 16 acre complex.It would be just straight edge and mow (no hedges)weekly in the spring and summer ,then bi weekly in the winter fall.I figure it will take about 34 mowings. I have a 48 inch exmark.
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How long would you think it would take to mow and edge the property?
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by myself it would take at least7 to 9 hours to do.Just the mowing would take 5 1/2 to 6 hours.
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How about 9 x $45 = $405?
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That sounds about right.I went 412. We will see. Paul
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Well I was awarded the contract. Dont know yet if this is a good thing or bad thing yet. We wil see in the coming weeks. They told me 2 days before the contract began.I dont really like dealing with incompetence. Paul
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Why did they do it in such a rush like that? When you say incompetence, do you mean this group just doesn't know what they are doing or how to handle such situations?
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Well I was awarded the contract. Dont know yet if this is a good thing or bad thing yet. We wil see in the coming weeks. They told me 2 days before the contract began.I dont really like dealing with incompetence. Paul
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Here is what we have done a few times when I wasn't sure how to bid and I did it twice recently, I offer one free service, complete mow, trim and blow so I can time it properly, I tell the client we would appreciate their business and we would but that is not really the goal, they always say yes, this way I know I am not loosing, I only do this on very large jobs, the private communities we have been picking up.

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Here is what we have done a few times when I wasn't sure how to bid and I did it twice recently, I offer one free service, complete mow, trim and blow so I can time it properly, I tell the client we would appreciate their business and we would but that is not really the goal, they always say yes, this way I know I am not loosing, I only do this on very large jobs, the private communities we have been picking up.
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This is really fascinating because a lot of business owners bid on jobs they have no idea how long will take them and many times they get burned.

When you look at a property, what elements must that property have in order for you to be concerned about the quote where you will offer a free service? Do you feel that this helps you in the long run eyeball bids better or is this something that should always be done on larger properties?

Have any of these jobs turned you down after the free first time cut?
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