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DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-29-2010, 04:57 PM
Most of you guys probably are saying 'who cares.'

Still, for a small solo like me, I care:)

Managed to get my hometown dental clinic on board for seasonal mowing and apps today. Highly visible, nicer lawn upon coming into town. I wanted it bad.

I called to follow up. Office mgr said one guy's prices were lower. Thats good I am thinking, I don't want to be the lowball.

3/4 acre give or take of grass, average trimming, not too much weed pressure as the previous LCO did an ok job (but the guy was not local, thus the reason they were shopping). I bid $165/app last fall. Upon thinking now, was probably a little high. Office mgr. says low bid came in at $120. Jeez louise! I asked how many sq ft this guy came up with, mgr said did not list (thus probably did not measure either). I offered to split at $140/app and it was accepted. I figure I should have been $150 or so originally.

Mowing went for $55/cut. I wanted $60-$65. I took a little hit on that, but can still make money solo. I wont even tell you what the other guy bid.

turfmanagementspecialty
03-29-2010, 06:10 PM
140/app for 3/4 acre sounds real good to me.

RAlmaroad
03-29-2010, 06:54 PM
The real closer is that you put a very nice "Maintained by" sign on that property and think of how many upper class people will see it. Getting you name in front of the public is game one in business. Way to go!

phasthound
03-29-2010, 07:08 PM
I treat the turf at my Veterinarian's office for nothing except a sign out front and brochures in the waiting room. The business I've gotten from that has been very good to me.

Of course we do emphasize no pesticides are used. :)

dwc
03-29-2010, 08:18 PM
doctors, dentists, lawyers always get a good surcharge added to them if they want my services!

Heidi J.
03-29-2010, 08:50 PM
doctors, dentists, lawyers always get a good surcharge added to them if they want my services!

Why?:confused:

SeedPro
03-29-2010, 08:55 PM
Why?:confused:

I like that Z-Cart. One of the LT Rich originals. Looks mint.

I add extra to jobs on dirt roads....gets my wheels and tires all dirty and my truck and trailer are mint.

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SeedPro
03-29-2010, 08:57 PM
140/app for 3/4 acre sounds real good to me.

No kiddin. I'd take that all day and twice on Sunday around here.

SeedPro
03-29-2010, 08:58 PM
I treat the turf at my Veterinarian's office for nothing except a sign out front and brochures in the waiting room. The business I've gotten from that has been very good to me.

Of course we do emphasize no pesticides are used. :)

So you don't do weed control for them?

Answer carefully......

Young Bros
03-29-2010, 09:01 PM
Good job DA. Our normal price for that is around $180, I would have gone down to $150 if I wanted it and was price bidding. Way to go on not getting cause of being the lowest bid.

I just got off the phone making sales...gotta pay for our 2nd truck! We too have gotten some big commercial accounts that will be seen by most. Polaris (10 acres), City of Spirit Lake (32 acres), Iowa Lakes Electric (4 acres), Heritage Landings (old people home a few acres),waiting to here back for GKN wheels (2 locations several acres each), working on a bid for Milford City and Spirit Lake schools. If this keeps up will have a T3000 in a year!

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americanlawn
03-29-2010, 09:02 PM
We signed up a dentist office in the middle of summer 2009 (it was a referral). Lawn looked like heck, but we made it look nice within a couple months. It's a corner lot in a high traffic area near downtown Des Moines, so our "lawn flag" get's plenty of attention (good advertising).

Today I did an estimate for his (very small) home lawn and signed him up too.

We treat everybody the same. Doesn't matter who they are or where they live. Might charge more due to difficulty factors or special products needed, but that's all.

Heidi J.
03-29-2010, 09:03 PM
I like that Z-Cart. One of the LT Rich originals. Looks mint.

I add extra to jobs on dirt roads....gets my wheels and tires all dirty and my truck and trailer are mint.

:cool2:

Thanks.. yeah, we bought it and used it I think 3 times.. We just use our Mules and Kabota alot more:)

americanlawn
03-29-2010, 09:10 PM
That is frickin' AWESOME guys! Been keeping my eyes open for a used T for you, but I have never seen one for sale (that's gotta tell ya something, but I'll keep looking so you can unload your Ultra). Again......GREAT JOB :usflag::usflag:

Good job DA. Our normal price for that is around $180, I would have gone down to $150 if I wanted it and was price bidding. Way to go on not getting cause of being the lowest bid.

I just got off the phone making sales...gotta pay for our 2nd truck! We too have gotten some big commercial accounts that will be seen by most. Polaris (10 acres), City of Spirit Lake (32 acres), Iowa Lakes Electric (4 acres), Heritage Landings (old people home a few acres),waiting to here back for GKN wheels (2 locations several acres each), working on a bid for Milford City and Spirit Lake schools. If this keeps up will have a T3000 in a year!

:usflag:

Young Bros
03-29-2010, 09:15 PM
That is frickin' AWESOME guys! Been keeping my eyes open for a used T for you, but I have never seen one for sale (that's gotta tell ya something, but I'll keep looking so you can unload your Ultra). Again......GREAT JOB :usflag::usflag:

Thanks. I have never seen a used T for sale. We may have bid Polaris and City low, but it will replace our advertising this year. Polaris is at a 4-way stop of highways 9 & 71. City property is all over, including the other sides of the 4 way stop. Round one is over 3.5 million sq ft now. We will be busy!
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Runner
03-29-2010, 10:21 PM
Good job on getting the dentist office. THESE are the types of accounts you WANT! First,...I don't know a whole lot of doctors that DON'T associate with other doctors. They golf togethe, have drinks together, have dinner together, and go to social gatherings and conferences and such. they talk, and care of their places IS one of the subjects they talk about. they are always looking for dependability, quality service, someone who LIKES to get stuff DONE for them. Treat it well and it will treat YOU well. Keep the beds clean, lot looking good, and pay attention to detail. Good luck with it.

TurfRyder
03-29-2010, 10:36 PM
Congrats! Your prices are just about what we would charge so don't feel you short changed yourself.

It's nice having the high profile accounts so you can show off your talents. Good luck!

dwc
03-30-2010, 12:15 PM
Why?:confused:
Because 9 out of 10 we work for can't pay their bills in a timely manner. Plus many are the scum of the earth and overcharge me when I have to use their services.
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Dandylyin Slayer
03-30-2010, 01:39 PM
Because 9 out of 10 we work for can't pay their bills in a timely manner. Plus many are the scum of the earth and overcharge me when I have to use their services.
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Good to see I am not the only one who has trouble gettin the green outta that crowd.