Originally Posted by Splicer
Then start acting like a business man...In your initial post you say NOTHING...about the price quoted...as being one that may change after the first cut...If you want to act like a business...then you should know how to bid a property...Believe me...I would be glad to be rid of you...You NON-businessman...
Sorry there Splicer..crawdad knows more about running this business than you will ever forget
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His answer that #3 IS the correct one. When you give an ESTIMATE for a job it's just that an ESTIMATE..not your word written in blood. No one said anything about a contract in this scenario, of course if you signed a contract with that estimate you have to stick to it.
But your contract should include giving you an out to increase your prices when circumstances warrant an increase due to gas prices and the costs of running your business.
So the point here is not your word as your bond. It is underestimating a job and what you do about it in order to remain solvent and not loose $$ all year on that job because of it.
You inform your customer of your mistake and you give him the new price. If he accepts that fine. If he does not then you cannot continue to work that job as a loss all year. An estimate is just that, and estimate.
The real way to keep this from happening is to cover your butt by informing the customer that there may be circumstances that make the price go up after you mow it the 1st time. Also to fully inspect the lawn and areas you are to mow before spitting a price out of your mouth.