Guy wants me to use google maps to give him price

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by pseudosun, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    This is out of my area. I'm tightening my circle. This is a first (a request for estimate using google maps). I can't give a price without seeing the edging. That's always the worst part of overgrown lawns. He probably went down the list of craigslist ads and will go with the cheapest. I'm passing on this one. I remember asking for a price for a huge stump from a local company, and the owner used google maps to give me a price. I don't think i'll be so brave.

    Anyway, here's what the guy wanting a price sent me > "Address: 9134 Jason Dr, Denham Springs, LA, 70726. For now I just need a quote for it being cut/edged/blown, front, sides, and back. Medium sized yard (google maps should show the size, it's the corner lot). The grass hasn't been cut in about 4 weeks, so it's a few inches, not very dense. If the quote is competitive it would be ready starting tomorrow. "

    My google maps search didn't even show a corner lot. I'd have to demand money up front on this. Seems shady. If any of you are around denham springs, go check it out.
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    Waste of bandwidth. If I posted a new thread for every call I get that is off the wall. It would blow the possessor on the PC.
  3. tebletlawns

    tebletlawns LawnSite Member
    from KCMO
    Posts: 142

    I use google maps almost daily. Some you can't see beacuase of tree's and you have to go out. If you can clearly see the property on google then you know what you would charge normally, so figure more and give them price it will be around and let them know thats not for sure untill you see it. you should be able to figure within $5-$10. Even if not for this place google maps is a HUGE time and gas saver. Its not 100% but still very helpfull. I use it on my smartphone. It has a "lab" which is like an app in an app, called tape measure, that allows you to measure up sqft for renovations for chemical apps. If google could keep there maps up to date I wouldnt need a garmin. I still love it. It is probably the most used app on my phone.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    A lot of people use Google maps to place bids. Saves money on fuel and you can get more done that way. Just compare the yard to an existing customers.
    Thats what I'd do.
  5. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    Didn't know about the "lab" app. I think i'm the only one left without a smartphone. My issue is the distance. I've been cutting that area out of my schedule. Also, the address he gave didn't show a corner lot like he said. Wasn't aware of lawn guys using this for quotes.
  6. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    I use to find the square footage minus the house/drive/walk ways/buildings etc...But also of course take in affect how much edging and trimming will be needed and all.

    I use google's street view to see if at least the front yard has a big slope or something.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,050

    $75 should cover it.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    Sometimes you're the map, and sometimes you're the bozo.

    Just my $0.02
  9. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    I will give people prices on the phone if the insist however I don't land but a few. Kinda like a guy I get a email from asking me about "some dirt" . So I tell dude that I will swing by and see what he needs. No way, he says he doesn't need my advise or for me to look blah blah..

    Yeah 50 /yd

    But google maps and earth can get ya in the ballpark then knowingly pad it up. I had one who luckly cancelled mid season. I bid it with no fence involved and then show up and that sucker barely fit a 21" cause the clown put it up himself.... ugh. I really try to make it by a place before throwing a price out.
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I use Google Earth, tax records and such but they are a tool not a substitute for on-site visits.

    Yes, I will ball park mowing cost on the phone but I give conditions too.

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