Gas station lawn care bid help.

You have to fuel up your trucks and equipment multiple times throughout the week. While you are at the gas station, have you ever inquired to find out when they accept bids for caring for their property? It wouldn’t hurt to ask. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was asked to bid on a lawn care job at his local gas station and we see how he came up with his pricing.

One lawn care business owner wrote “there is a new gas station that just opened in my neighborhood. It has newly laid sod and they are looking for someone to take care of it. I know I can’t ride my ztr on it because how soft the terrain is right now, so I will be push mowing the property for a while. Here are some of the specific.

  • Lawn 33,240 sqft
  • Edging 1,160 lnft
  • Trimming 216 lnft
  • Flower Bed Edge 1,193 lnft
  • Ditch Area 14,678 sqft separate pricing and severely overgrown. Weedeater accessible only.

This is only my second commercial lawn care bid on a property. So I haven’t got my confidence up on bidding, yet. Also, there is a lot of trash to pick up. I am estimating around 15 minutes worth.

The front area is on a hill and there is a sprinkler system installed. I think it may take me an hour and a half by myself at my rate of $45 an hour. I don’t know if they want weekly or biweekly mowing service. They said they didn’t want a big company to service them because they charge too much. Then they said they will give me a deal on gas if I give them a good price.

Here is the amount of time I am estimating the job will take.

  • Lawn 33,240 sqft = 45 min to mow. With hilly wet terrain.
  • Edging 1,160 lnft = 10 min.
  • Trimming 216 lnft = 15 min.
  • Flower Bed Trim 1,193 lnft = 25 min (spread all over)
  • Blowing off property = 10 min

ONE TIME PRICE:
Ditch Area 14,678 sqft = 2 hours max with waist high grass on a very deep hill side.

After some thought, I figured that it should take 1hr & 15min to push mow the lawn. I think another 15min to trim around the building and 15min to blow off property along with traffic in and out of gas station. I still haven’t decided if I want to trim the borders of the flower beds every time I mow to maintain a good look or charge a separate price. But this is what I have come up with.

Mow, trim and blow total:

  • $80.00 to $90.00 weekly
  • $120.00 to $135.00 biweekly

The guy at the gas station that asked me for an estimate wouldn’t give me any information on how many other bids they had accepted. He just kept saying I will give you a deal on gas for a good price on lawn care. I bid $80 weekly which included mowing, trimming, and blowing off clippings but I didn’t get the job. They really seemed to want something for nothing. I refuse to work for nothing.”

A second lawn care business owner said “I have a couple of thoughts for you. It would take me a lot longer to push mow 33k sqft than just 45 minutes, so you might have dodged a bullet not getting this job.

I’m curious on the trimming vs flower bed trimming. Having over 1/5 of a mile more trimming to do around scattered beds I would think that a well done job would take more than just an additional 10min over the 216 feet of trimming. Also, I may not blow as well as some But I do blow out all beds, and from all other paved and concrete surfaces leaving me thinking that I would possibly take longer than 10min.

Mowing that hilly terrain with a zero turn mower I would probably do in about 20-5 minutes being cautious no to slide and mark up the area. I really can’t picture it taking only twice as long on foot.

I just line trimmed a ditch area along a highway that the property manager was tired of waiting for the state crew to clear. This area was only 250 ft x 6 ft. I had already mowed the top and bottom the best I could with mowers. Approximately 1,500 square foot took 30 minutes to get to an acceptable appearance. You have to be careful on these inclines and give yourself plenty of extra time in your bid if you need to manually line trim them.

At the end of the day, you know the owner was looking for the cheapest price possible for the work and that it trumped quality. Don’t worry about not getting this job. You bid it the best you could. Keep an eye on the property though as you might see it come back up for bid as the current bidder may not make it through the season with it priced at such a low figure. Maybe then the owner will be willing to pay a little more.”

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