Best way to charge?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Lawnworks, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is your opinion of the best way to charge for repairs? I know larger companies bill by the hour so estimates are not needed, but I like billing by the job... or at least giving the customer a range if it is manifolds or valve finding. What do you think?
     
  2. Wet_Boots

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    And when you encounter a job that goes against the grain of past experience, and goes into overtime, you eat the extra hours and parts?
     
  3. Lawnworks

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    You have a point on commercial work and large residential... but the standard 5/8s water meter?
     
  4. Wet_Boots

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    You can give a range, but a realistic top end will scare some folks. Got a dozen Flo Pro valves in unknown locations on that acre? At least a grand to bring that up to speed.
     
  5. Lawnworks

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    Yeah... I usually give a flat rate per valve(if not in a manifold)... $125 per valve and $40 per head replacement. If they want an estimate... $10 per residential zone for an evaluation.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

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    I dunno, I'll stick with T&M. I'm really not interested in reassuring the doubting thomases out there, if they don't believe they're going to be fairly dealt with.
     
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I dont know man, that seems a little low, especially with how much fuel is costing now.

    Low end about 125 for a valve it it takes us about an hour, 250 is the high end for a regular 1" valve. Then you still have to take time to walk the customer through the system, and evaluate stuff, so add another onto that.
     
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

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    we do 80 a valve.....
     
  9. Wet_Boots

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    What if the valve location is unknown?
     
  10. nylan8888

    nylan8888 LawnSite Member
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    T & M,

    I've seen a 1" valve take 20 minutes to dig it up and replace it and I've seen others take 2 hours due to the way they're installed. 4 pipes in one trench and the one you have to work on will always be the bottom one with 2 tee's and 3 90's and no space in between!

    Change out a bunch of old R-50's on short risers directly on top of the pipe and replace them with PGP's or 5004's, the R-50's are shorter meaning every head will have to be dug over and put on funny pipe.

    Change out a bunch of Maxi Paws on risers and they are taller than PGP's, have to switch every head to funny pipe because we don't install anything on risers, heck we don't even HAVE any risers.

    Change out an old RC controller to a nice digital and chances are you will have to splice an extention onto the control wire. We only add on outside which means pulling the wire out of the wall and digging it up and adding onto it.

    Work on one of Mike Leary's system and it will take an extra 2 hours to leave it looking like you found it:)

    A range is fine but let them know it is still T & M because every system is different.
     

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