13 building townhome complex lawn care bid example.

If you are getting to the point where your lawn care business is bidding on commercial properties, you may want to see what others are doing when they put together their bids. Here is a great example of a 13 building town home complex lawn care bid from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Review this business owner’s bid along with the estimated times to perform the jobs and compare them to your bid to see if you are on the same path as them.

He wrote “I am bidding on a 13 building town house complex for lawn care. They are needing the following services.

I run a solo lawn care operation at the moment and I’m not really sure how my estimate will stack up to other 2-3 man crews. The property is a 13 building apartment/town home complex, if you look at the picture you can see there is a lot of mowing, trimming, blowing every week so I’m definitely intimidated to take this on since I’m currently only running part time.

The other story right now is that one of the property owners filed for bankruptcy about 4 months ago. They still rent units and maintain everything, but the landscape is another story. There are tons of weeds all over the place and hasn’t been mowed in 5-6 weeks is my estimate. Right now I’m looking at bidding $525 per week.

13 condo complex lawn care bid example

13 condo complex lawn care bid example

I dropped my bid off yesterday and explained my services. I set the bid at $525 weekly for all of the services mentioned. I think the only thing I overshot my price on was the fertilizer application. I may have been a little too high on that. Also, I’m only allowing 8-10 man hours per month for tree/shrubs trimming, picking up branches and when the leaf time comes, so that might help even the bid out. All in all I felt good about the bid.

Later on after thinking about the bankruptcy issue and the current state of the property, I started to get concerned. So I decided to call 3-4 hours later after dropping off the bid to find out more information. I asked about the last lawn care crew and the bankruptcy issue and didn’t really gain a whole lot of information other than it was 1 of the 4 owners that filed for it. The current manager had only been on the job for 2 weeks and said that she had heard that the last lawn care crew was good friends with the last property manager. After that, I decided to throw myself out there and ask if my bid was close to what they were budgeting for or if I was close to any of the other bids.

She replied with ‘we scheduled some guys to come out and mow since the property looks overgrown and those guys are charging $300 per mow, but I really like your layout and price because all of their services were extra and they were very expensive.’ Of course now I’m cringing about what I had bid but at the same time I was providing more services. She also mentioned that they would really like to find someone that did snow plowing too which I don’t do.

My hourly rate is $40 an hour. Here is what my pricing is based on:

  • Mowing 4 hours per week. 30 cuts per year = $160
  • Edging / trimming 2 hours = $80
  • Blowing 1 hour = $40
  • Gas = $40
  • Weed control material and labor monthly 1 hour = $40
  • Police area = $30
  • Fertilizer Monthly = $55
  • Shrubs/Trees = $80

With a 2-3 man crew, I think 3.5 total man hours max per visit on this property, if I use two mowers and one guy does the trimming/blowing.”

A second lawn care business owner said “if you are having problems coming up with a bid for the whole property, it is easier to bid when you break it all down. Treat each building as a home. Most properties like that have the same landscaping around each one, or at least similar. On some paper figure out your time to perform the lawn care services for each building. Then once you got that, multiply it by how many buildings you will be servicing , and then you will have your total.

You should start looking around now for some help. If you get this job, it may be time to go full time with your business. From the looks of it, that is going to take some time, to PROPERLY take care of the property, (quality is tough to do real fast).

One last thing to keep in the back of your head. If you show up to any property and see that it is overgrown, then you hear some word about an owner filing for bankruptcy, be wary of taking the job. There is a reason no one has serviced the property in a while and it is most likely because they weren’t getting paid. Which should then make you concerned if you will get paid too!”

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