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Lowballers or price shoppers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tom c., Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Tom c.

    Tom c. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218

    Hey lawn guys, Any one getting calls on lawn pricing? I got two calls this week, one lady says she had a lco doing her lawn = 2 guys for 40-45 mins doing the lawn for $20, I said really?But the owner doesnt return her calls no more, so I tell her I cant do it for less than $25 (small lawn 50x100) she says ok good you got it!! #2 Says she wants lawncare lots of edging and string trimming on a 100x100 property. I tell her $35 she says that seems high? I tell her to talk to her husband about it and let me know she says "Oh Im all alone no husband." Looking for sympathy? Think my pricing is off? or are they price shopping? You guys get any calls like this?Let me know what you guys think your opinion is appreciated. Tom :hammerhead:
     
  2. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 603

    Who cares, when you go shopping dont you look for the best price you can get................duh.....................human nature, live with it or get a real J.O.B
     
  3. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Something's not right with the first lawn...5,000 sq ft and it takes 2 men 45 minutes??? That's 1.5 man hours. That should equate to a lot more than $25.
     
  4. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    It has been the same way for me. I have been advertising in some high-end neighborhoods lately and only get calls from people who will pay $25.00 no more. I would love to tell all of them no our minimum price is $30.00 but I would have lost out on over 6 properties already.
     
  5. Luvs2Play

    Luvs2Play LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    We never give estimates over the phone, even if we know the property. We always make appointments to make estimates and make sure of positive communication. Even if they are looking for a "deal", we give an honest bid for the service they are wanting provided. I never give our minimum bid on the phone. I only do walkarounds when the property owner is present.
     
  6. RedWolf

    RedWolf Banned
    Posts: 280

    I have had to go 25.00 in the high end neighborhoods.I have to say it was worth it.I picked up one then two then so on till i had 5 and i was happy.It taked me ten min to knock them out by myself.I get them done then move on.Sometimes you have to give alittle BUT not all the time.
     
  7. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Cut, Edge & Trim all for one low price of $17.00
    I concentrate on large homes on small lots. If it takes longer than 10 min, I wont cut it.
     
  8. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Funny, how it's hard to keep a story straight.:laugh:
     
  9. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    no way, too many variables, trimming edging, the customer will say, oh there is just a little trimming, you get there and find one hundred trees to trim around..... inspect the property befor giving a quote
     
  10. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    If someone calls me, wants an estimate over the phone, wont give me their address, but tells me what they THINK the square footage is I double what I would normally charge.

    They are usually 3-4,000 feet off.
     

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