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Old 03-23-2004, 08:15 AM
TheGrassGuy TheGrassGuy is offline
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Free estimates for lawn care.
I charge a fee for landscape estimates unless the client already has a design or a plan for me to ge by.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:39 AM
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DFW Area Landscaper DFW Area Landscaper is offline
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Free estimates for lawn care. It eats up a lot of my time.

No way in the world would I ever do a free estimate to design and propose a landscape install. My minimum on that is now $199.00. This ensures that the client is at least serious before I commit a minimum three hours to draw up and propose a price. So far, I haven't been able to complete a design/proposal in under 5 hours. That should change as I gain more experience, though.

From my standard maintenance contract:

"Landscape design & proposal consists of taking measurements of existing landscape and using good judgement to draw plans and present pricing for landscape installation. Design price does not include making changes or alterations to plans. Minimum drawing requirements are black & white on 8.5Ē X 11Ē paper. Drawings will be shown to customer, but will not be left with customer. If customer elects to hire Meierís Landscape Maintenance to install the landscape as designed, the design fee will be deducted from the price of the install. A separate written document will govern the terms and conditions of the landscape installation."

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Old 03-23-2004, 11:08 AM
Randy Scott Randy Scott is offline
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Same here with landscape designs. They are done on 24" X 36" paper and the customer is charged. Too much time and knowledge to do a plan of that magnitude for free.

The everyday mowing, aerating, fert., etc.. quotes are not a direct charge to the customer at that time.
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Old 03-23-2004, 12:29 PM
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Free estimates, yes. Free design, no.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:14 PM
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Originally posted by Tim Canavan
Free estimates, yes. Free design, no.
Yep.. Free estimates for maintenance.. $175.00 minimum for landscape design and I refund approx 50% of the total design amount if they hire me to do the job.
Steve M. Krieger
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Quality Lawn & Landscape, Inc.
Serving Western New York since 1998.

"Everyone has bad breaks but everyone also has opportunities. I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it..." -Samuel Goldwyn
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