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I'm getting pissed off!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn Neophyte, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    I can't freaking believe some of the people in my town. A guy called to get a price quote. I told him it'll cost $35 per cut. He wanted to pay $25 every other week.

    The problem is his lawn is huuuuge. The kind of lawn you would charge $40 bucks. So I was being generous for charging $35. He didn't even accept that.

    That jerk wants something for nothing. I hate this town. :angry:
  2. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,102

    Just simply do not buckle! You have to stand your ground! I have had several try to barter with me over my prices and basically I tell them that I am not there to have an auction or some kind of sale.

    I am there to perform a service and the price I have given is what it is. If they want me to do the work, they then have to pay on the spot since they had issue with the cost otherwise yes it is aggrevating but I have been talking to the LCOs in the neighborhoods I work in so that we can all be trying to keep prices up. A couple are working for peanuts and did not know that they could be earning $50 or more than they are now a month but now they know and hopefully will go up. Several of us are at the same spot and so the neighbors are becoming accustomed to the prices and not some ridiculous $70 or $80 a month.

    Good luck man!
  3. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    There's a lot of lowballing going on here. To the point where I'm getting beat out. For instance some charge $15 to $17 for weekly cuts. I can't compete with that, and I can't believe they don't realize that they're not making a lot of money lowballing.
  4. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    I had one I quoted earlier in the week for $150. A HUGE 2 acre yard, wanted round up etc. Even ask a friend who has been in the business a few years, he said he would have charged $150 too. The guy told me I was highest by far, a guy quoted him $55. I told him to hire that guy. After fuel, and equipment expenses the guy is almost doing it for free
  5. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    That's what I'm saying.
  6. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    What about the guy who does bid that lawn at 40-45 dollars a mow. To him, YOUR the F'ing lowballer. Why do you care what other people charge? Do you really expect to get every lawn in your town? The steak houses don't really care what McDonald's charge for their hamburgers.
    If some people don't want to pay your price for your service. so be it! Concentrate on providing the best value to those that do and get on with it!
    Charge what you need to cover your costs and make a reasonable profit and provide the best service to your customers you can. If you can not make money doing that then get out of the business and make room for those that can.
    The fact that you get that upset about one customer not taking your bid suggests to me that you may not be cut out to own this, or any business.
    Business today is very competitive and the customers are all feeling the pinch from the economy and are looking for the best deals they can find. You are going to face price resistance and competitive bidding all the time. And if a competitor is charging so low that he cannot cover his expenses or not make a profit, that too will take care of itself in time.
  7. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    ya. i always like when i give a quote on a lawn, the person comes back and says will you do it for this much!? wtf..i just gave you my price..its unreal how these people are around here! even for a five dollar difference, they won't take my price..unreal!
  8. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    simple solution. just bid 5 dollars more than you would actually do it for. that way, when the customers counter offers 5 bucks cheaper you both win. you get the price you initially wanted and the customer gets to think they bartered and got a better deal.
  9. JeffNY

    JeffNY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    My neighbor called me about mowing her lawn, told her we can do it for $50, it took an hour and 45 min to mow it, and my buddy was trimming just about that entire time, so we were kinda pissed, but hey, its a neighbor.
    Next week comes up, and she says shes 'all set'. I says alrighty.

    Saw the new guy. Little ford ranger with a trailer that JUST fits the mower, straw cowboy hat, and a big fat cigar hangin out of his mouth. It was great. and trim?? Whats trim? You mean i'd have to go out and buy a trimmer? HA!
  10. grandview (2006)

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

    It's just the nature of people. People want to bargain all the time. I do it to for things. If you feel all these people are asking for a discount add 5-10 to the price then drop it down this way they thing their getting a deal.Or if they hesitate tell them you'll drop it 5 bucks if they sign now because it cost money to come back and your both trying to save .It's called marketing .

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