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getting lowballed before i cut my first lawn...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by daveintoledo, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    guy in the sunday local paper, 10 to cut a lot, 15 for a corner lot....

    am i right in not stooping to this, i planed on 25-30per lawn and they are small.. but not 10.00 small, oh well discourageing, but i wont give up that easy... :angry:
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    Let's say you go widget shopping. Cost is 20 bucks at home ripoff but only 10 dollars at blowes. Usually, you are going to buy the cheaper of the two products.

    Would you go around to blowes and start calling them 'lowballers' cause they offer the widget cheaper? Perhaps its b/c the quality widget from home ripoff is higher and there is a 90-day limited warranty on the widget. Or...perhaps homeripoff is a highballer.

  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    ill try harder next time, your right thanks you....
  4. Reliable Lawn Care

    Reliable Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    I love it! Thats funny yet good advice!!!!!! LOL
  5. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987

    Open the paper this am and go to the service section.....to see how many newbies this year....and what do I see???

    Lawncare - MOW, BLOW, & GO LAWNCARE. Mowing, hedges, weed eating, edging, etc. Fre est. 257-6566

    SO....here we go for this season......I was hoping this wouldnt happen but looks like another scrub has entered the playing field. No biggie Just thought I would share......I LOVE THE NAME OF THE COMPANY!!!
  6. grassroots1993

    grassroots1993 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Yes, you are right. The key is to provide a quality service, charge the fee that you charge. Because this guy chargeing $10.00 will probably not be around very long, then his customers will look to you.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    You shouldn't even worry about the "extreme" lowballers like this guy. When someone's charging less than half the going rate for an area, customers get a little suspicious. The maintenance side is very price-driven, but most customers are looking for a good deal, not someone who's obviously clueless and will more than likely be a hassle to do business with.

    My opinion anyway.
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    you guys really do have great advise, very smart people here... i am starting to get a few calls... heck with the 10.00 guy anyway.....my lawns are pretty, and worth it... :cool2:
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    As someone once told me. "I don't let the guy who went out of business set my prices." And this guy doesn't know it yet, but he is out of business.

    Quality work, salesmanship, reliability, looking professional, not showing up drunk are all controllable things that will help you build a solid business. You won't get 100 accounts overnight, but you will be able to build a solid business of accounts that will pay market or slightly higher for your work.

    Which would you rather do mow 100 $15 lawns or 50 $30 lawns. For me that is real easy math, especially if they are the same size lots.
  10. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    Here's a couple that have recently been put in my local paper...

    Weekly mowing mulch, push mowing & bagging. Core aeration & shrub trimming. Most lawns $15-20.

    Schedule now for preseason Disc. Mowing $15-$25. Fert & weed control $18-$40.

    Am I worried? no. Might I try to sub out a couple dog poop filled $30-35 lawns? Quite possibly. I do quality work, and my customers appreciate that. Last year one of my customers ($25/cut) was offered $15/cut by a lowballer. He said no way because he knows I'll be there every week, and the the lawn will look great every time I leave.

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