do you need all those heads

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenmonster304, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I went to an estimate today. Its a spec house about 5,000 square feet on 1 1/2 acre with pool and tennis court. so i counted about 65 rotory heads 20 spray and a couple of drip zones. this also includes a zone for the tennis court (hard-tru). $10,000-$12,000 this was just a rough estimate because the final landscape plan is not yet laid out but it was pretty close.

    so i went over the estimate with him and he almost fell over when I told hm the price. Then he started in with "you don't need all those heads you could do it with 50 total". I told him about head to head coverage and all that but he wasnt hearing it. He than asked if I would do it within a $5000.00-$6000.00 buget and do the best I can with that. My first reaction was NO but I could use the work. my fear is that if i build it the way he wants he wont be happy in the end because the system will suck. And the other thing is i dont want a reputation of puting in sh!t systems. What would you guys do?
     
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Stick to your guns man. Don't give in. He'll do just like you said and complain later on.
     
  3. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
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    dont walk away. RUN AWAY...
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    One can do 'builder systems' that are effective, but it does nothing for one's professional ego. If the buyer knows he's trading down from a Mercedes to a Hyundai, you might be able to do a deal. $6000 doesn't even get you a faucet for that tennis court.

    An acre-and-a-half plus tennis court plus drip zones was a $10K system in the previous century, let alone this one.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    A design was done for the house & the landscaping (& paid for): why was the irrigation
    not designed (& also paid for) & put out to bid? :dizzy:
     
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    this guy bought this house 1/2 finnished cheap because the original builder went bust. He is going to flip it. around here it is rare for a customer/project manager to have an irrigation design and ask companies to bid on it the irrigation co usualy does the design.
     
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If I were to do builder systems today, I'd want a hefty deposit.
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about cash out front? Those guys are slimeballs.
     

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