Lost Mulch Job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by RickR1818, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 342

    Hey Guys,

    Followed up with a customer that needed about 15 yards of black dyed installed, beds needed cleaned out completely re-edged (540 ft of edging!). I quoted him $1,500. I contacted him today and he said he had it done last week for under $1,000. Was I way out of line with price or did I just loose this one? I usually dont sweat losing a bid here or there but for $500 less and it seems this year isnt off to a great start.
     
  2. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    I would have bid $1605. So I don't think you were to far off. I got beat by a bunch last year to a company that blows mulch on a 11 yard install.

    Don't sweat it. I would not do that job for under a $1,000.

    Natural edging or plastic, metal type?
     
  3. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 342

    Thanks man, good to hear. I was actually at $1620 but gave a discount to $1540. I didnt think my prices were too far off.
     
  4. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    fair price, if not a little low
     
  5. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
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    Don't feel bad about this one...I would have bid this the same. If the homeowner cleaned out the beds, maybe around $1350 w/ the edging. Move on, there are more jobs out there. Remember, everyone will hire you if you work for free.
     
  6. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
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    Ya I'd be right around in there too. Don't sweat it, the lowballers won't be in business for long, not with those prices.
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Sounds right to me. The customer probably found someone to do it cheap. Problem the customer doesn't realize is, they could very well have gotten junk mulch and not know it.
     
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Just as others have said. I wouldn't worry. Let someone else lose out and work themselves into the ground. It happens all the time.
     
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    That's a bummer. I hate losing jobs like that. I know it's inevitable, but I sometimes it really gets under my skin. I'm trying to create a value for my company, being the best for the price, and I understand I can't always make a sale, but I try to learn from every lost sale what I can try differently next time to maybe get the job instead of losing it.
     
  10. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    I hate losing jobs too especially when it is just a price thing and you know the winning bid is crazy low. But turn the salesman of you on and sell em on you!
     

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