Customer said my estimate was way off... whats your input

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Johnny H, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. Johnny H

    Johnny H LawnSite Member
    from 10940
    Posts: 3

    Kinda of a noobie question but I think this guy is trying to rip me off big time. He has about 28,000 square feet of lawn that he wants reseeded and fertalized. From my local vendor I'm getting my seed and fertalizer from, which is a nursery, I can get enough seed for approximately $70 and enough fertalizer for about $65. This guy is telling me he has had other guys fertalize and seed his lawn for $80-$100. I'm just wondering if this guy is for real or if I'm just paying way too much for seed. I usually charge my customers the price of material and $40/hour that it would take me. I told him about $175 for everything and he told me I was way off. And yes, this if my first year getting into the seeding and fertalizing. I used to just mow and thats it,
    Thanks in advanced
     
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    are you liscensed to fertilize? try calling a few other places and getting prices for the seed. see if you cant get it for cheaper than what your paying now. then tell him he should call up the "other guys" and have them do it.
     
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    even if you can get it cheaper, dont lower your price. he is probably trying to get you to lower your price thinking you would because your still a newbie to this stuff. and also. Welcome to Lawnsite!
     
  4. maxkicker

    maxkicker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    unless you can somehow get the seed/fert for half price what are your options? and hell even then your profit wouldnt bee very good

    where you stand now your cost for meterials are $135 so you stand to make
    40 bucks atleast until you figure out what it cost to operate your business
    the fuel it cost to get the supplies insurance yada yada when you sit down and look at your real cost of business this job will cost you money at $175
     
  5. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739



    I don't understand why this comes up all the time.

    Me: $175.00 for the services sir/maam

    Customer: That's too much, I paid $100.00 with the other guy.

    Me: Here's my card, have a nice day and oh, btw, if you can give THAT GUY my number, I have a number of jobs for him to do. Again, have a nice day.


    You know what it costs you to do this job, you are obviously intelligent in that you know your prices. Most would have said okay to the lower price and maybe even thrown in a discount. :dizzy: .

    95% of the time if you lower your price, you lose. Not only the job but the money and the respect of the customer. Lower now and lower forever. Firm now and firm forever. There are a FEW exceptions but again, atleast you were smart enough to know your prices!
     
  6. maxkicker

    maxkicker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    ohh yah welcome to lawnsite
     
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I have had non-customers tell me "so and so can do it for this much". I tell them to jump on that deal and let me know how it goes. If I can't touch a price that a person is trying to bargain with then I tell them. If it sounds like they are getting a really good deal then I tell them to jump on it. Doesn't matter to me, because I know that someone else will be calling me as I drive away wanting an estimate for something.
     
  8. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    i dont know Grits, that gay red cape might scare some people away!
     
  9. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    :laugh:
    Hey, who wouldn't want a real life super-hero to do their landscaping or cut their grass faster than a speeding bullet.
     
  10. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    hahahhahaha thats true. you should advertise you do b-day parties. every kid would want the Super LawnMan to come to their party and cut the lawn! id like to book you for my 22nd b-day please. March 6, 2008. if you could put me down ill send you the deposit check!
     

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