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Old 02-05-2013, 11:59 PM
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When you bid / do in estimate / design

So I'm breaking into irrigation this year.

I took the rain bird academy class in January and learned a hell of a lot. I have done everything in installing an irrigation than installing a full system. I feel pretty confidant in stalling, just not so much on the business side.

I'm wondering what you guys do when you meet someone to give an estimate, questions you ask. Hidden things to look for when looking at the property.

When you submit a bid what do you say or have on it?

Looking for business advice for installing a system.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:31 AM
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Listen to the customer, listen to their needs and put those ahead of your wants. Don't forget Jim's 7 p's.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:44 AM
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Jim's 7 p's? Anything y'all notice that works better, how you all cover the warranty.

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:26 PM
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consider preferring the word "guarantee" to the word "warranty" because the latter word may have more legal ramifications in your state
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:52 AM
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Jim's 7 p's? Anything y'all notice that works better, how you all cover the warranty.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:50 AM
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Explain the system before you measure and have a price. That way they pay attn.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:25 PM
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Maybe put a clause in your contract about buried utilities. When you call for a mark out they don't cover consumer owned items. It's a good idead to cover yourself on this. I've had homeowners tell me they didn't have any thing buried on their property and guess what?
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:58 PM
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Finish the job even when you are losing money , you will bid a few wrong , then a few more , experience cost time and money , stick with it and stick behind your work Refferals are the best advertising
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:09 PM
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I guarantee my work... That means if any fittings or connections come undone in the first year I fix free of charge (never has happened yet) The parts under warranty clocks and valves etc... I will replace but have to charge labor at a reduced rate to cover costs. I didn't make the parts. I try to use only the best stuff (Hunter rotors, rainbird misters, clocks, valves and Meyers pumps) so I'm less likely to have problems.
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