Water treatment plant lawn care estimation bid example.

If you keep your lawn care marketing message out there consistently throughout the year, you just might be amazed at the calls you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member shared with us his experience bidding on a local water treatment plant to provide them with lawn mowing and weed trimming around the pond edges.

He wrote “thanks to my continual lawn care marketing I got a call today to bid on a commercial lawn care mowing job. The caller was the property manager of a water treatment plant that is located in my area.

I set up an appointment to meet with administrators tomorrow morning at 8am. At first, I had no idea as to the scope of the job until I got the address and looked it up a few minutes ago. The picture is below.

Water treatment plant lawn care estimation bid example

Water treatment plant lawn care estimation bid example

This is what they want me to do. I have to cut every pond bank, there are 11 in total. They sit at a 45 degree angle and I am told some of the weeds are 4′ tall and 1″ in diameter.

This is the biggest job I have ever bid on and at this point I am not sure whether I should stick with my $35 per hour average estimate. Only 6 of the ponds are full so I think those will be the hard ones to trim.

At first I was very excited about getting this lawn care bid opportunity and I just kinda winged a guess at the job. I called my bid price in to my contact and they told me to reconsider because it was more work than I thought and to be there in the morning to see it in person before I place another bid.

The next day I went to visit the site. It’s actually not as bad as it looks. 3 of the ponds now have large rock on the banks and weeds don’t grown there so that means there are only 8 of them to do and half of those are empty so that’s a plus. I though about buying a cheepo trimmer and hiring help but that would cost me $300 for 2 days. So what I decided to do is quote the lawn care job at $500 for 2 days of work.

I may have to put in 10-12 hour days to get this done but at least I won’t have labor to pay. Also that puts me at $250 per day which is above my $200 per day minimum. By bidding on this lawn care job, I did learn there are so many more variables when working for a public entity than I previously knew.

For example when I got there I was told by an employee I was talking with, NOT to tell the administrator that I didn’t have a landscape license or there would be no way I would get it. The strange thing is, the state doesn’t require me to have a landscape license to perform lawn care. However I did learn that my bid was right at the state max for someone without a landscape contractor license so I am good there. Also from what I understand I may be waiting a week or two before I get word whether or not I actually get the job or not, which is fine. Usually I find out a lot quicker from other non-government owned properties.

I don’t understand fully how this water treatment plant is operated but it is my understanding that they are a privately owned water district that is under contract and funded by the county, so all the normal county regulations such as fair bidding practices still apply.

I hope this lawn care bid example helps others who are bidding similar sized properties.”

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