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Old 04-12-2012, 05:54 AM
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How to bid an over 50 community

OK dont flam e me.
I know all about the search button.
But I'm a lawn guy and its spring. 'Dont have lots of time and a woman called seeming pretty anxious to get her info.

Anyway, I've been doing driveways and a few small lots for years.

I've been asked to bid on the roads only in 2 over 50 communities.
I really have know legitimate experience bidding that kind of account.
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:33 AM
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Gets quite this time of year.... Most of us would need more info to give you any help.
Equipment
Road length
WIdth
Were can snow be plowed
Etc. Etc.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:51 AM
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I'd be plowing w/ 2 f-350 sd's with 8 foot blades.

I have a sander on call. How do I price that?

As for the rest, I will be seeing those properties today to get a feel for length, size, where to pile snow, where to move piles if needed, etc.
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Roads go quick. Be prepared for lots of call backs though, etc. Every little old retired lady has nothing to do during a snow fall once they are done with their daily Dr's appointment, all they then do is worry if the ambulance can get there.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:38 PM
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Every little old retired lady has nothing to do during a snow fall once they are done with their daily Dr's appointment, all they then do is worry if the ambulance can get there.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:37 PM
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Need to find out what time Bingo starts also.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:08 PM
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Over 50 and you think they are all retired, I guess I missed that boat.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:12 PM
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Cet counts more birthdays backwards to reach 50 then to count forward to reach it.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:18 PM
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Cet counts more birthdays backwards to reach 50 then to count forward to reach it.
That means your pretty close to 50!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:04 PM
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That means your pretty close to 50!!!!!!!!
Close ,but didn't pass it by 2 decades ago like you
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:29 PM
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How big are these communities? How many houses? Lots to think about with these...
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:50 AM
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I have one, 63unit 55 and over community. Best account i have. We provide excellent service and thats what they want. Our bid was the second highest and they switched to us. This year i incresed price and locked em down for two years. Simplest billing method: price out your lawn and snow services plus incidentals like fert, hedge trimming,mulching etc... then add together and divide by 12, you get a check every month like clockwork. You do good work and they dont have any excuses to complain. We dont use trucks on the drives b/c its a tight community and snow piled on the aprons is no good. Thats what last comp did. Now we use a asv rc100 w/ boss 9' blade with wings drag all drives out to street then run piles to designated areas. Do a chunk of drives then clear the streets alongg with your piles. If its a heavy snow fall then we use an 84" hydro blower on the asv for the drives to blow snow on the lawns. The drives are avg. 18' long by 2 or 2.5 wide and there is 6/10ths of a mile of street along with two small 4 car parking areas for guest/mail pavilion. My quickest time this winter was 1.75hrs start to finish drives and streets solo in the asv. My bro then came in and salted the streets after i was done
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:53 AM
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Get some type of containment blade, they will complain about windrowing onto their drives. Designate areas to pile snow if possible. As for pricing salt i just measured width of roads then mult by lentgh to get sq fottage, then used avg of 800-1k lbs per acre (use heavier app for preventing, and around corners and known ice buildup areas i.e. piles that melt and runoff) then add in labor
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