If Pest Control Were Real Estate


I received an email today asking for bids to treat a commercial property. The email reads as follows (red highlight added):

________ is soliciting bids for Pest Control services at _________________.

Attached is a scope of services and a site plan to assist you.

The current contract expires on 07/31/14. If you wish to bid on this contract, the firm bidding deadline is Friday, June 13, 2014 at midnight.

The annual contract will be awarded to the lowest bidder. All solicited bids are sent to our corporate office for verification of pricing by our Vice President.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Attached was “the scope of the service” the property management company was asking pest management companies to bid on:

“Vendor will treat the exterior and trash enclosures of the center to control existing infestations and prevent new infestations from taking place.”

Attached was also the St. George property outline and the businesses

Prominent Companies on the Premises

Panda Express LogoHere is a list of just a few prominent companies that reside in the commercial property under discussion:

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Staples
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Vitamin World
  • Subway
  • Panda Express
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • Apollo Burger
  • Paradise Bakery
  • Red Lobster

Would you trust a Panda Express whose pest control service is the “Lowest Bidder”?

So I wonder, if this is simply a difference of the industry I work in and the real estate industry. If all things are equal on a piece of property then it seems fair to assume that the lower priced property is the better priced property. But is pest control a commodity? Can it be balanced and weighed the same? Can you put pest control prices on a apples to apples comparison?

Thomas Ballantyne

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