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Hamatsa
04-17-2012, 02:57 PM
So....I'm not connecting with new customers this year. I've been severely underbid for Spring clean ups, de-thatching/core aeration jobs, and weekly maintenance for residential customers. My pricing has always been in line and I haven't seriously increased my bids as a result of the increased fuel costs.

I pay insurance and workman's comp.

I also have been able to outwait the new yearly crop of lowballers however one dethatch/core aerate customer (potential) told me that a guy came in 90 bucks less for a 3500 sq/ft lawn.

I also know that folks are really desparate.

Any thoughts on changing the business model? Has anyone else experienced this?

TinMan1
04-17-2012, 04:51 PM
Oh yeah! the economy sucks and Im thinking of letting someone cut my 5 acre yard for $20. Im underbid all the time. Got a few hispanics with a white pickup and a lawn tractor cutting 3000sq yds for $10

I still dont drop the gate for under $35

johnwright238
04-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Do not drop your prices. Stick with quality work and raise the bar on advertising to score more jobs to make up for the lost jobs