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Guy wants me to use google maps to give him price

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

  1. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Sure I will use the maps feature however until I go out and see it with my own eyes I can't give a solid price. I can ball park at 100 a visit plus tax to start but it may be higher after I see it. I will get right back to ya.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,110

    No your not bro. I don't have one either, and have no plans to get one. I just don't need it for what I do.

    Google can give you a good idea for ball parking it, but I won't give a set price without seeing the jobsite either. Google doesn't show ground conditions clearly enough to know if it's a site that you can go fast over, or will have to slow way down on due to many different things.
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,757

    I'll use Google or Mapquest to look at a property before I go to the location itself, mostly just to get in my head where it is located, but I can't imagine making a quote based on that information only. I try to avoid giving any kind of price when contacted via the phone, but, depending on the information I receive, I may give some kind of price range if the caller keeps pressing. Mostly, I just tell them I will have to see the property before giving a quote.

    I have yards similar in size that take anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes to service, so I don't see how anyone can price correctly from aerial maps.
  4. Duekster

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

    I mostly do it when pressed but I don't care about price shoppers that much anyway so I will just to get them off the phone and not waste my time. I would dare say I am near 100% of getting the people that I go visit and next to nothing on those phone quotes.

    I am close to 50% on my commercial "bids" too
  5. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Better than Google Maps is Bing Maps "birds eye view", at least in my area. Google Maps is low resolution taken during the summer (can't see much). Bing birds eye is in the fall (see through the trees, and four angles N/S/W/E), and it's higher resolution. Just an FYI.
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    Been using Google maps for aeration prices. Saves about 10 bucks on each estimate.
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,839

    We never give estimates without meeting with the client in person. Even if I could see their entire property in perfect detail over Google Maps (which isn't possible), I wouldn't do it.

    The reason is that we don't win jobs based on price. We're more expensive than most of the other LCOs in town. If someone is just calling various companies, trying to get an idea of prices, they are price shopping. We're not going to win that game. So it's a total waste of our time. If they are not willing to spend 30 minutes with us looking over their property together and going over our various services, then we're not going to give a proposal - period.

    We win bids when clients can meet with us in person, get a good feel for us personally, our appearance (our trucks, uniforms, business cards, estimate forms), how prompt we are, how comprehensive our service is, and we have some time to impress upon them that we really know landscapes. Give me 30 minutes with a customer and there's a 50-50 chance I'll land that account. But if we give a price over the phone, it's more like a 5% chance.

    If we get calls or leads like that, we just explain to them that we only give estimates in person and would love to meet with them. If they don't go for it, we wish them the best of luck and move on to another call.
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,110

    Exactly right. Saves a lot of valuable time and $4 p/gal gas.
  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    I'd probably do a quick drive-by while dropping off a hand-written estimate with a business card,
    they ain't gone give a rat that you didn't use google maps or what have you, just get them what they
    asked for and be done.

    Phhht, I get 50-60 mpg.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  10. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    Holy fuel mileage Batman. Is that with the 28ft bat trailer hooked on the back of the semi? :laugh:

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