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RickR1818
03-22-2010, 11:30 PM
Hey Guys,

Followed up with a customer that needed about 15 yards of black dyed installed, beds needed cleaned out completely re-edged (540 ft of edging!). I quoted him $1,500. I contacted him today and he said he had it done last week for under $1,000. Was I way out of line with price or did I just loose this one? I usually dont sweat losing a bid here or there but for $500 less and it seems this year isnt off to a great start.

Premier landscaping south
03-22-2010, 11:50 PM
I would have bid $1605. So I don't think you were to far off. I got beat by a bunch last year to a company that blows mulch on a 11 yard install.

Don't sweat it. I would not do that job for under a $1,000.

Natural edging or plastic, metal type?

RickR1818
03-22-2010, 11:51 PM
Thanks man, good to hear. I was actually at $1620 but gave a discount to $1540. I didnt think my prices were too far off.

Southern Elegance
03-23-2010, 12:47 AM
fair price, if not a little low

mike174
03-23-2010, 01:34 AM
Hey Guys,

Followed up with a customer that needed about 15 yards of black dyed installed, beds needed cleaned out completely re-edged (540 ft of edging!). I quoted him $1,500. I contacted him today and he said he had it done last week for under $1,000. Was I way out of line with price or did I just loose this one? I usually dont sweat losing a bid here or there but for $500 less and it seems this year isnt off to a great start.

Don't feel bad about this one...I would have bid this the same. If the homeowner cleaned out the beds, maybe around $1350 w/ the edging. Move on, there are more jobs out there. Remember, everyone will hire you if you work for free.

Crash
03-23-2010, 01:45 AM
Ya I'd be right around in there too. Don't sweat it, the lowballers won't be in business for long, not with those prices.

ALC-GregH
03-23-2010, 08:59 AM
Sounds right to me. The customer probably found someone to do it cheap. Problem the customer doesn't realize is, they could very well have gotten junk mulch and not know it.

MDLawn
03-23-2010, 11:54 AM
Just as others have said. I wouldn't worry. Let someone else lose out and work themselves into the ground. It happens all the time.

93Chevy
03-23-2010, 12:00 PM
That's a bummer. I hate losing jobs like that. I know it's inevitable, but I sometimes it really gets under my skin. I'm trying to create a value for my company, being the best for the price, and I understand I can't always make a sale, but I try to learn from every lost sale what I can try differently next time to maybe get the job instead of losing it.

MDLawn
03-23-2010, 12:28 PM
I hate losing jobs too especially when it is just a price thing and you know the winning bid is crazy low. But turn the salesman of you on and sell em on you!

Lawnut101
03-23-2010, 03:19 PM
Bidding on a mulch job is a real interesting, sometimes tricky process. I haven't quite understood how others bid sometimes. I think the "Super Wild Guess" pricing scenario comes in to play when you are bidding agains new people.

Darryl G
03-23-2010, 03:28 PM
For a premium mulch I'd be around there...if it was just double ground hardwood I'd be less probably.

scaglawnsnj
03-27-2010, 07:59 PM
I know it sucks, not to get every job bidded. On another note I always talk clients out of dyed mulch. And install premium root mulch.
In the future try the layed back approach, but aggressive at the same time.
You'll have to sell the job that day. Or its gone. Dont even give them a chance to get another estimate.. hope this helps.

I feel you on a loss though, this week I lost a bid for (4) Mcdonalds.
$25,000.. sucks