Estimate Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Adam3669, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Adam3669

    Adam3669 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Alrite, so if I am going out to a residential home to give an estimate...do I tell them the price right there on the spot? Or do I tell them I will be giving them a call or something?
    Thanks, Adam
     
  2. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    I usually tell them my minimum, $25.00, on the phone and then if they still are interested I look at the property and usually give the price right there.
    On jobs other than mowing, I usually shy away from on the spot pricing. I like to mull it over, ensure what my costs are going to be for that particular job, ie mulch, borders and the like. Then I call them and give them my estimate. It's too easy to forget some aspect of price of a job with on the spot estimates.
     
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For something as simple as mowing, I always give an estimate on the spot. If you say you will call / mail an estimate it gives them time to call someone else who may give a estimate on the spot.
     
  4. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    exactly what procut said. Also as you get more and more accounts you can then begin to just price by the area or neighborhood their in. Give a price right on the phone.....
     
  5. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953



    That's good in most cases. I usually look on my county's property site and look at the picture and the aerial view.
     
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    For mowing, I tell them right on the spot. No sense doing all the agreement paperwork and then find out later, they want a lower fee. If/when they agree to it,I then send them the service agreement for signature
     
  7. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    For mowing I always give them it on the spot. That way they have to play lowball face to face and most people can't. They don't have the balls. When they do though, they get to see me laugh, face to face.
     
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I agree 100% But last year I started giving them my minimum rate over the phone and this eliminated a lot of dead beat customers. Even for landscaping I sit down with them and figure out what they want and work up some rough figures, I carry a price sheet with me from the nursery and landscape supply company I deal with, that saves a lot of time.
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    On the spot...I may even say to them it could go $5 up or down after I mow it once and see how long it takes.
     
  10. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Could you give more info on that please?
     

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