Any luck with this?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NC_Irrigator, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    For estimates with irrigation and the client doesnt decide to do the install at the time of the quote.

    Anyone had any luck with RE sending out the quotes like a year or more after the quote was given. Like stating "We still have this quote on file and could still do this job for X amount" (Of course refigure the job if needed, & if you can still do it for the same out then Ok & that might be a selling point)

    Yesterday was a slow day & i resent out about 30 quotes from ranging from 1yr to 3 years back. I pulled property reports on the net to make sure they still lived there.
     
  2. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
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    We re-send quotes from the current year in November & offer to do the installations at a discounted rate over the winter months. This past year, we selectively sent out roughly 40 letters that generated 6 installs (& 2 landscape lighting jobs ).

    It only takes me a few hours to generate the letters via a mail-merge & then add the cost of envelopes & stamps - Definitely worthwhile for us to generate extra work in Jan - March when the weather allows us to work.
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I never really understood this need to lower prices in the winter. I know it's slower, but it also takes more time to do the work - colder, snow melt turns dirt to mud, workers don't move as fast when cold, etc. I know many companies do it, but I have just never been in favor of it. I personally would charge more. But if you're just trying to keep guys busy, I understand it a little more.

    I am used to not working from thanksgiving to mid-March. And I budget accordingly. My employee gets his unemployment during that time. I just don't want to work harder for the same or even LESS money.
     
  4. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    While winterizing a house after the first snow fall, I saw a crew putting in pipe on a bare dirt new house. There was still unmelted snow in some spots. I called the boss and off hand told him about it. I also told him if he had sent me out to run a maxi in that weather, I would have walked.
     
  5. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am used to not working from thanksgiving to mid-March. And I budget accordingly. My employee gets his unemployment during that time. I just don't want to work harder for the same or even LESS money.[/QUOTE]


    How does unemployment work in your state? Do you lay him off he gets unemployment then you rehire? Just curious.
     
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is called Job Attached here. He is not technically fired, and since he will be back in the spring, he doesn't have to go through the process of putting in X amount of applications to other companies.
     
  7. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
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    We don't have a program like that and someone is going to step in and correct me but in TX I pay 2.7% of the first 9,000.00 for unemployment. Is that low or high compared to yours?
     
  8. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can understand where you are coming from. For us, it is a matter of throwing a bone to the guys who want or need to work. Of course, the job must still be profitable, but the margin is definately lower. Some of the guys welcome unemployment with open arms. For others, it is a struggle. If I can find work for them at least 1 or 2 days per week, then they are allowed to make their 'minimum' & still collect their full unemployment- which helps alot. It also helps me with employee retention.
     
  9. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
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    I never realized the difference so starkly between cold weather economics and warm weather economics.
     
  10. I didn't understand the cold vs hot cllimate economics until I moved to Colorado....now I understand them all too well :(

    That being said, this year should be the year I make enough to relax a bit over the winter....can you say 400 blowouts? Heh Heh...
     

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