Do not Lowball #1

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by John Burton, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. John Burton

    John Burton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    For the new guys,
    First thing is run a good and ethical business.
    For all the fly by night company's out there they are called cuthroaters, you will come into contact with some one day.
    Never low ball the price on a job or you will be out of business soon.
    My idea is this- Price it to make money not to pay the bills.
    If you low ball jobs you will only pay bills, and you will never grow into a profitable business.
    Price it to make money not to pay the bills

    Always reasearch, I have been in Landscape and Lawn business
    for 8 years and I am still learning.

    JB Ga.
     
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
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    Great insight John :)
     
  3. Port City Lawncare

    Port City Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 75

    I agree that you shouldn't low ball every yard, but maybe some of you guys who take advantage of customers who are willing to pay such high dollar amounts should start doing a better job, then you wouldn't have to have me breathing down your throat. This isn't directed at you JB personally, but you catch my drift. I worked as a foreman for 9 years before deciding to open my own business, so I know a little about complacency
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i have found that many people have a number in there head when they get an estimate mainly on lawn mowing lets say 20 for a 1/4 acer yard because they have been paying this for years to a company doing a sloppy job. u tell them 25 or 30 and think u are ripping them off. or better yet they want it cheaper than 20.
    stand you're ground on prices and u will be okpayup
     
  5. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    PC lawncare, you are right. they better do a better job or soeone will. I just picked up a lawn today that a lco was charging 80 bucks for. I did the lawn today in 30 min. i am charging 40 bucks.and am doing a way better job. The custumer has wanted me all summer cause she knows my work from 2 lawns down.I just got the lawn today. They are getting ot of the contract. you guys better buckle down and do some good work.
     
  6. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Not only will you go out of business,you'll look pretty stupid in the meantime.I underbid my first account.Figured it would take me around 45 minutes to complete.I didn't take into account the low hanging limbs and steep slope in the backyard.It takes me two hours from start to finish,for $35.Yep,I take a reaming on that lawn,but I count it as a learning experience and will stick by my word and not try to increase the price.This couple lives in a very nice waterfront neighborhood,which could lead to other accounts.I just have to get with the homeowner and ask them not to tell their neighbors what I'm charging them.:)
    On the bright side,she wanted her shrubs trimmed also.Priced $225 for that,giving myself 6 hours for the work.Took me 3 1/2 hours to finish,so I made up for my mistake in lawn pricing.Now she's wanting her neighbors to go in with her to have the hedges and shrubs inbetween their property trimmed.I'll price that about the same since it will involve more prep time.Not too bad for a few hours of work.
     
  7. mo4do

    mo4do LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Hey Nick, I know what your talking about. I priced a yard for 50 bucks and it takes min. 2hrs. It will help if I get my new mower next year. But since I picked up this yard, I now have the neighbor and his step son across the street. They are even trying to recruit more business for me in the neiborhood. My negitive has turned into a positive.
     
  8. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    We are starting out the same way. We quoted our very first yard for $20, which was way low, since it takes us about an hour to do it, but we have gotten nothing but compliments and referrals from it. So on top of learning how to accurately price, we've gotten a lot of work. Just goes to show quality work is the best advertising. Just make sure to charge what you deserve. No one is forcing you to accept the customer's offer of $10 below what you quote. :cool:
     
  9. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    You know what irritates the heck out of me when I am bidding lawns is finding out some scrub bids say $21 or $22 on a lawn. I mean what is up with that? In my book, it is either $20 or $25. I am waiting for the day that someone is charging $24.99.

    Craig:rolleyes:
     
  10. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    You know what irritates the heck out of me when I am bidding lawns is finding out some scrub bids say $21 or $22 on a lawn. I mean what is up with that? In my book, it is either $20 or $25. I am waiting for the day that someone is charging $24.99.

    Craig:rolleyes:
     

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