Many of those new to the lawn care business have plenty of experience in and knowledge of the physical work involved but are less familiar with the administrative side of the business. To secure jobs, a business owner must be able to write a commercial lawn care bid.
Create a header and title for your bid. Use Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing program to do this. The heading should have your company name, address and contact information presented in a clean, professional-looking manner.
Add the customer's name and contact information below the company heading. Next, include the date of the bid and a disclaimer stating the period of time during which it will be honored. For example, "Information is valid for 30 days from the date of the bid."
Write a complete description of the work that is to be performed as part of the contract. Detail the work and how often it will be done. List all tasks, even if they seem obvious or overly detailed to you. The item you leave off the bid could become a point of contention between the customer and you. Keep in mind that you may need a different list for each season.
Include a section that sets an hourly rate for work the customer requests that isn't part of the bid.
Describe the payment terms for the proposed contract. State not only the dollar amount of your bid, but also when the customer will be billed and when the payment is due. Also mention any special conditions that need to be addressed, such as the purchase of materials or supplies.
Provide spaces for signatures of the representatives of each party, as well as the dates the agreement was signed.
Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.