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Old 04-16-2008, 08:38 PM
EliteImpressions EliteImpressions is offline
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Dont trust internet sites for lot sizes!

I have been using sites like zillow.com to give people estimates without having
to drive to their house. Well, I get a call yesterday and I check the site and it says the lot is 8k. So minus the house, patio and driveway Im looking at about 6k. I bid $30 since I think it would take 30 minutes max. Well I get hired and go to mow it today. The lot is more like 17k after I subtract everthing. So it takes almost 3 times the amount of time I thought.

Now I have to explain why my price is skyrocketing. More than likely I will lose him.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:45 PM
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I have been using sites like zillow.com to give people estimates without having
to drive to their house. Well, I get a call yesterday and I check the site and it says the lot is 8k. So minus the house, patio and driveway Im looking at about 6k. I bid $30 since I think it would take 30 minutes max. Well I get hired and go to mow it today. The lot is more like 17k after I subtract everthing. So it takes almost 3 times the amount of time I thought.

Now I have to explain why my price is skyrocketing. More than likely I will lose him.
In the future, tell the customer that you are using sites like that to get an idea of their lot size and tell them that it MAY be the price if everything is correct when you get out to their property. It doesnt hurt to ask the customer if X-sq feet sounds about right to them.

I've had the same thing happen. But since I saw that it might happen some day I just called the customer and said, hey, this doesnt match up, and everything was cool.

Good luck.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:46 PM
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Also, try using a more reliable site like your local appraisal district's web site.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:04 PM
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try this
http://maps.live.com/

You can do the birds eye view and see very detailed pictures in my area. In one picture I could even see into the guys garage well enough to tell what kind of cars were in there. You can see slopes, fences, beds and just about everything you would need to see.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:26 PM
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try this
http://maps.live.com/

You can do the birds eye view and see very detailed pictures in my area. In one picture I could even see into the guys garage well enough to tell what kind of cars were in there. You can see slopes, fences, beds and just about everything you would need to see.
very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:30 PM
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That's what I have been using and it has been doing great so far.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:35 PM
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We use Google Earth and local tax map websites, but 95% of the time we go and take a look at the actual property.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:14 PM
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Why Not just go to the job site, meet the customer, look the site over and give them a bid ?

this way it saves a lot of eating crow
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:03 PM
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I use my cities property assessment website but even that doesn't include extra lawn due to passive park and city blvds.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:04 PM
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try this
http://maps.live.com/

You can do the birds eye view and see very detailed pictures in my area. In one picture I could even see into the guys garage well enough to tell what kind of cars were in there. You can see slopes, fences, beds and just about everything you would need to see.
Thanks for posting this link! It will come in handy
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