When to bid on commercial lawn care contracts?

When you are running a lawn care business in one geographic area only to be picking up to move to another, you may find the mowing season can differ greatly from what you are used to. That is what one lawn care business owner found when he mentioned in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, how he was moving from the northeast to a more southern state. He was interested in knowing when he should time his move to get a jump start on the next years commercial lawn care contracts.

He wrote “I have a lawn care business in Connecticut that I am selling. This area has a lot of money and there always seems to be plenty of work to go around. However there are a good number of people here that run a lawn service businesses and more appearing every day. I am planning on moving to Tennessee to start a new lawn care business. That area is very economically diverse. It ranges widely from the very wealthy who have someone come in to mow their lawns and everything else. To people who are just scraping by and don’t even have enough to buy the materials for a do-it-yourself project.

There are of course a lot of in-betweeners, middle class, as well. Similar to the people that I currently serve.I have flexibility as to when I make my move. I want to be in Tennessee to put lawn care bids on commercial properties. I have never put bids on commercial properties up in the northeast before because I didn’t want to offer snow plowing.

So my question is, when do commercial accounts typically take bids in the Tennessee area?

Another lawn care business owner wrote “The weather in Tennessee allows for grass cutting to taper off in November but can continue into December and start up again by early March. I’ve even seen warm winters when I’ve been cutting wild garlic sprouts in customer’s yards in mid-January.

Our winters lend to erratic mowing contract schedules. Quite honestly, contract bid acceptances are all over the calendar down here. Many contracts are let out for bid in January with March 1 as the first mowing date. While other contracts are March through October with free-lance work done the other 4 months. Bids are accept into February.

The U.S. government’s fiscal year begins October 1. So, agency contracts are often let out for bid in August or September.

If you are timing your move, I would advise moving sooner rather than later. December is generally slow but it’s a good time to get your name in front of the people who will be making the buying decisions in a month or two.”

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