View Full Version : Turned a $250 clean-up into this....

05-18-2008, 02:50 AM
This job started out as a $250 clean-up and after I told the lady to go down to my schools greenhouse to get her tomatoe plants and my teacher spoke highly of me it turned into a $1400 clean-up and mulch job. Heres some before pics....

05-18-2008, 02:52 AM
heres the rest of before

05-18-2008, 02:55 AM
After clean-up, edging and mulch

05-18-2008, 02:58 AM
and the rest

05-18-2008, 03:00 AM
just kidding theres a few more

05-18-2008, 03:11 AM
I did a $100 cleanup for a lady that I got off of craigslist and she was so happy she told everyone at work and the lady who lives here got my name from her along with another lady for a cleanup and 6yard mulch job. This took 17 yards and 38 manhours. They're painting the house and the painters left a bunch of stuff along the sides of some of the beds which killed a lot of the grass, in the back the whole thing is burn spots from the dog peeing. I'm going back to aerate and overseed next week along with rotatill her vegatable garden that I didn't get pics of and thats going to be a seperate bill. You can't tell but 2 weeks ago they had 12 trees removed for over $3000 and the roof is being redone in July, and I found these people through word of mouth from a craigslist job.

05-18-2008, 09:08 AM
Thats awesome man. You never know where the good jobs will come from. All the work looked great.

05-18-2008, 10:55 AM
Good looking job but she got more from your $1400.00 than she would have for me.

05-18-2008, 11:12 AM
I agree, I would have been more than that too.

White Gardens
05-18-2008, 11:29 AM
Looks great. Always nice to get the up-sell from your reputation. Did you discuss with her about future maintenence to help protect her investment?

05-18-2008, 11:48 AM
Ya I should have got around $1550 but it was my first job in this neighborhood and I wanted to sound reasonable and since it started off as a much smaller job I said I'd take 10% off. This house is literally less then half a mile from the greenhouse and only 3 miles from my house. Her husband builds houses and custom kitchens and took about 25 business cards and said he'd start handing them out to his clients who needs landscaping.

05-18-2008, 01:59 PM
If your happy with your pricing and clients promises, more power to you. However, I never base my pricing on what the client promises to do me for me in terms of referrals, as most of the time its a bunch of BullSh** and another thing I've learned over the years is that a cheap client will tell all his cheap friends. I'm not particularily interested in cheap work and volume, I'm after the total opposite. But every one knows their particular situation and motivations, and their all different and justifiable.

05-18-2008, 02:31 PM
Looks good- nice job. BUT you absolutely GAVE that job away.

Chestnut Oaks Prez
05-18-2008, 02:42 PM
Looks a lot better. Those pics of leaves make me sick. Glad it ain't fall already:laugh:

05-18-2008, 09:07 PM
I didn't do it based on their promises, I did it based on I said it would cost less then it did, I didn't think it was going to be that big, and they didn't think it was going to be that big. I felt bad that I went way over the approximate I gave them hence the 10% off. And my helpers had very little experience and I payed them $10/hour and billed the lady $25/hour for them. Trust me next time I'll be much more accurate in my estimate. I was there for a total of 17 hours and put $600 into my pocket after expenses, tough to complain about that.