Lawn care companies must learn how to effectively bid on jobs in order to make a profit. Normally, bids on lawn mowing jobs are created by either charging an hourly rate or a square footage rate. Before bidding, you should examine the job site thoroughly to know exactly what work is required. Talk to the land owner as well to find out what work he is expecting from you. After you have these details, calculate the costs of the work and prepare a formal bid for the customer.
Investigate the job site. By meeting with the customer and investigating the job site, you are able to understand the job better and arrive at a more accurate bid.
Estimate the costs. After you understand the scope of the job, estimate the job costs. If you charge per square foot, you must measure the yard to be mowed first. If you are charging by the hour, estimate the number of workers you will need to complete it and the amount of time you will spend there.
Begin a formal bid. A lawn mowing bid should be completed on the company’s letterhead. If this is not possible, open a blank document and type the company information at the top. Date the bid and include the customer’s name, address, phone number and location of work.
Describe the scope of the job. Using specific details, describe the exact type of work your company will perform at the location of the job. Lawn mowing companies offer many different types of lawn care services. Include whether you will trim hedges, blow debris off sidewalks and eliminate weeds.
Include the time frame of the bid. On the actual bid itself, write in whether this bid is for a one-time service or if it is for an entire season. If it is for the entire season, estimate the number of times the services will be completed. Include the dates the services will cover.
State the costs. If it is a one-time service, state the cost for the job. If it is seasonal, state the total cost for the entire season and explain payment options and methods.
Leave room for signatures. At the end of the bid, leave room for both parties to sign and date the bid if it is accepted. Include a date in which the bid expires.