Is this a fair price for my first job? The customer doesn't think so.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by holysmoke, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. holysmoke

    holysmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    $500.00 installed

    6 plumbago 3 gallon
    5 Ixora 3 gallon
    2 dracena 3 gallon
    6 alamanda 3gallon
    5 flax grass 1 gal
    4 aztec grass 1 gal
    4 lirope 1 gal
    1 hibiscus 3 gal
    1 tray of flowers case of 12
    planting mix soil
    starter fertilizer

    90 day warranty
  2. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    Sounds fair. Thats about 300-350 dollars worth of material. Plus labor.
  3. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    inline if not to low just move on and go to the next customer
  4. holysmoke

    holysmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    thx guys :)
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Lose them and not sleep.

    btw, thats pretty cheap..........have you run your daily overhead?
  6. holysmoke

    holysmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    No I haven't, I'm doing this on the side. I did get a license and insurance but not gonna quit my other job. Hoping to make a couple hundred dollars each weekend and get experience.
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,842

    did you ask them why?
  8. holysmoke

    holysmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    they said there wasnt enough plants for 500. They probably went to home depot and saw the 8.97 3 gallons.

    I am of course using a nursery with better taller plants
  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    It's absolutely too cheap to me.

    Don't feel bad at all for their tightness.:)
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,842

    I don't think that price was unreasonable, but I do have a suggestion, It does not take a lot of un-happy customers to do damage. word of mouth is more effective than expensive advertising. I would make a strong effort to ensure their satisfaction. I am not saying refund or rebate in fact (don't do that) But maybe a chat with them can ease their minds maybe give them a year warranty. I personally would not be happy if one of my customers felt they were gouged. That kind of reputation can be very damaging and take a while to repair. If they are reasonable and good people I suggest going out of your way to make them happy. If they are cheap and just being jerks then just move on while maintaining a positive attitude.

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