low balled!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by acresofgreen, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Unfortunately its all about the bottom dollar
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  2. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you're exactly right.
     
  3. ric1

    ric1 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 188

    Is it always about the bottom dollar? Not always. Someone said When people get laid off from their $9 an hr job and down to their last dime there comes a bright idea- I can cut grass.
    The thing is when some get laid off and down to their last dime they will do what ever it takes to support the family and pay the mortgage payment, do they come up with the idea of cutting grass because they like to go out in the heat and humidity or just because they want to intentionally lowball someone or hurt the bigger outfits, I seriously doubt it.
    The truth be told most of us here that complain about these guys can afford to take a hit once in a while and not have it hurt us. Personally I prefer to take the hit and see the guy working rather than pay for his welfare and food stamps, at least he is earning his money.
     
  4. mwornom

    mwornom LawnSite Member
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    Let it go they will be back. When they other guy stops showing up. Customer Service is were they will be lacking. Providing great customer service can not be replaced. I have also had this happen but because I provide great customer service like showing up when I am suppose to, keeping the customer on the same day not Monday one week friday the next and returning there phone calls a quickly as possible go a long way. I try to make every customer feel like there lawn is just as important as the big commercial property down the road and this goes a long way. Low ballers never last.
     
  5. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't charge extreme prices but I don't charge low either.
    I am pretty fair with my prices. A small approximately 1/4 acre lot I do for 35 + Tax.
    There are a lot of people in my area that will cut that same lot for 20-25. I have given people bids of $35 and they said the last guy charged 30 with no tax? Well I am going to do a better job and I am legal. You can be a little more expensive IF you stand above the rest.

    Answer your phone when they call, make that property stand out, and take that extra step to keep them smiling whenever you pull up. They will keep you until you quit.

    I never try to get rich off of one job. I did a job the other week leveling off a yard and seeding. The owner told me someone else quoted them $9,500. I quoted $2,200 and 5 hours later I profited 900$. That is good money to me, I would have felt like a criminal if I made 8,200! The start of this thread 150$ isn't horribly high, but I am not surprised you lost it. an hour and a half worth of work should be around $120 like mentioned. That's over a dollar a minute. I have gone to low on jobs whenever I started, but I kept them and I kept there price the same. I made them look great every time, and I found ways and bought equipment to get it done faster. Than when I raised the price on them - I didn't loose any. Some of them told me they would remain loyal to my company and wouldn't consider switching.
     
  6. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    The race to the bottom is a race you can't win anything but many are a part of it. Choose to be in the race to the top. As far as saying you're ripping someone off with a higher price maybe your superior service (not just stripes on the lawn) is worth it and justifiable especially if they agree to the rate. But you better deliver each and every time. Ripping off is promising something, collecting payment, and NOT delivering or exceeding on those promises. And that can be at a low or high price. The "ripoffs" I've seen around my area have been the ones who collect on a usually cheap rate up front and fail to provide service. That's ripping off. The ones who charge higher and EXCEED expectations are in no way ripping off. Their just doing it better than everyone and having a successful business.
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  7. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    The problem is many draw unemployment and mow for cash , while we are doing it legit, paying taxes , running a business.
     
  8. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
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    I didn't say $150 was a ripoff, I said 8,200 for pushing soil and spreading seed for 5 hours was. I said I am not surprised he lost an hour and a half worth of work for $150. As it was posted, all someone had to do was say $120.

    But than again, thinking back. If it is monthly, or as needed - I would have bid $250 :) 2 acres that has not been cut in a month during the Spring? Yikes.
     
  9. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
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    :clapping:
     
  10. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lego, we posted at about the same time so my comment had nothing to do with you. I'm just now reading what you said as you had me confused.
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