Is that price weekly or monthly?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawn_pro, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    Does anybody ever show up to give an estimate and have a customer ask this? It is one of the most annoying questions I get....I always want to respond, "what the hell do you think?"
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,206

    New way is "MONTHLY"....everybody wants a fixed amount to pay, and most don't mind it being year round.
  3. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    No the kicker iwhen they ask "does that $30.00 include trimming the hedges"

    That is hilaroius to me.
  4. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,125

    I bid a lawn yesterday for $40. The guy wasn't home so I left it on the door. On my proposals it has a spot for me to circle weekly or monthly. I circled weekly. He leaves a message for me to call him to discuss service. I'm thinking cool I got the bid. This fool answers and ask me if $40 is per week. I say yes sir and he says Oh that's more then I can afford. I'm thinking why did this guy waste my time calling to ask an obvious question, but then I realized he was baiting me to lower my price. Sorry Mr. better luck next time :)
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Oh I always get the ones who HAVE to tell me that 'I will call you tomorrow' and then like I already know it, no call all the next day from them... But then, surprise surprise, 2 weeks later they call !!! Just like you, I get kinda excited thinking cool I got it, but I have learned in time this is just a tactic... Funny, it's almost as if they think I would sit around the phone all this time just waiting for them to call, my ONE and ONLY customer (sorry but I just had to).
    It is for this reason when they play the 2-week waiting game, it goes up another 5 dollars... Especially when they told me they'd call me the next day, but also when they inform me that 'oh well we're getting other prices' before or after I mention mine.

    I'd still like to know why they have to tell me that 'I will call you tomorrow...' (some tell me 2 or 3 times lol)
    If they just waited the 2 weeks without the bs it would not only serve the same purpose but it would likely fail to alert me as much.
    Guess it's a good thing, I can always use the extra alerts.
  6. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    I had a new one do that to me this month. I gave her the bid and she said she would call me within the week. I got the call Monday after 2.5 weeks of growth. The first cut was double what I told her and she was stunned and wondered why.:hammerhead:
  7. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    Well for me it all depends on weather, pine cones, and just general repore from customer. However, most the time in closing the bid I let them know that next week due to this or that it's going to be X amount. This either gets a answer within 24 hrs or a get the fu#$ off my yard.

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