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Old 04-11-2013, 03:44 PM
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Estimate question

So I'm preparing to give a landscape installation estimate to one of my weekly cut customers. In the past if I get a landscape estimate it's usually labor and materials together and most of my estimates have been excepted. I just got an email asking that when I send the estimate if I could break down the cost of the material and then the cost of the labor.

That seems like it would be opening a can of worms if I did but on the other hand if I didn't it would seem like I'm hiding something. I know when I go into a mechanic and pay the bill for any repairs on the truck parts and labor are listed separately what do you guys think?
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:31 PM
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I think this customer is on the cheap,dont open the can of worms u will lose
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:45 PM
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Fishing trip.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:51 PM
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So what what be a good professional way to respond through email?
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:52 PM
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So what what be a good professional way to respond through email?
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You don't,call them and ask why in a round about way.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:56 PM
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Say something like, the quotes i give have always been labor and materials combined and I do not separate them. I get my materials for a good price and can pass savings on to my customers. I feel My labor rates are competitive with my competition and I will provide you with a high quality job that you will be happy with for years to come.

Does that sound decent or am I way off on how I should respond?
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:44 PM
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Ahhhhhh......anyone else?
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:05 PM
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What ever you do ,make sure you tell him in that labor rate/hrs that also includes picking up supplies.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:10 PM
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I actually don't think that is a problem. I itemize everything on my estimates.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:50 PM
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What ever you do ,make sure you tell him in that labor rate/hrs that also includes picking up supplies.
Yeah, especially with this particular nursery. It's around 35 miles each way.
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