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Omaha Nebraska Lowballer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmanak, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 792

    So i get a call from a lady a couple days, looking for year round service yada, yada, yada. I take a look at the property, nice house, 3 car garage. landscaped all the goodies. i send here a quote of 30.00 a cut and 30.00 for snow removal, now the yard is not huge, its about a 20 minute in and out by yourself house, but the driveway is a sloped 3 car. So she send me an email back saying her current company only charges $21.00 a cut, and 25 for snow removal. Now the snow i was willing to adjust my price on because i have other clients in the neighborhood already, but 21.00 per cut. I asked her who she currently uses for lawn care. She says Granualawn. I knew exactly who it was when she said. They are a big company, several crews. They do lots of big accounts as well. I was shocked to see a bigger company stoop that low. Figured id vent to you guys, Boo For Low Ballers.
     
  2. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Posts: 344

    yeah... maybe the other co has lawns in the area and thats why they do it for 21.. same thing your doing with a different service!! not sure about your area but those prices don't meet with our min charges.. not to single u out i been seeing a lot of this crap on this site and it seems like a case of sour apples..
     
  3. lawnrich

    lawnrich LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    granulawn is a lowballer how they make money is beyond me. i only see them in west omaha i think alot of there accounts are close. i have a flyer from them that is for $29 AN APPLICATION WITH MERIT they must upsell something
     
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I understand what you saying and I've had the same problem with another company around here. I went to give an estimate in an upscale neighborhood where the lots are good size and told the lady my price $40 per cut. She told me that she had another bid for $30 and wanted to know if I could match it. I told her $35 was as low as I could go and asked her who gave the estimate for $30 thinking it was some part time lowballer only to find out it was the largest company in town. I couldn't see how they could do it that low, so one day I was out and about and ran by her house and seen them mowing 3 guys, 1 trimming, and two mowing with at least 48" cut walkbehinds. I guess lawn care is going the Wal Mart way, make a little off each lawn and do alot of them. I just don't see how you can make any money with 3 guys working and mowers, gas and so on for only $30.
     
  5. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    Most of west Omaha if very affluent. If they are doing a app. with Merit for only $29, someone in there main office must be smoking crack. One bag of merit treats 13000 sq ft and cost over $50. By the time they drive and apply it they lost some big bucks. I don't know how they can offer that price. Even if the lawn is 5000sq ft ( good luck finding a yard that small in west O.) the cost of just the Merit is over $21.
     
  6. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,123

    Most of west Omaha if very affluent. If they are doing a app. with Merit for only $29, someone in there main office must be smoking crack. One bag of merit treats 13000 sq ft and cost over $50. By the time they drive and apply it they lost some big bucks. I don't know how they can offer that price. Even if the lawn is 5000sq ft ( good luck finding a yard that small in west O.) the cost of just the Merit is over $21.

    Price of merit $50 per bag
    Price of some cheap 10-10-10 fertilizer $13


    Spreading cheap 10-10-10 fertilizer and telling customers its Merit $13
     
  7. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197


    I hope an established company like Granulawn wouldn't pull something like this on a customer. Though it would be easily done. Talk about a way to keep cost down.
     
  8. dekalb lawn man

    dekalb lawn man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    with a lot of these bigger companies its just a numbers game. They make up there profit with volume sales instead of quality sales. there is a co that is doing that in my nieghborhood to. I put out flyers for $25 per cut (already cheap as hell but its my nieghborhood, only about 100 homes so i give them a deal) and they come around and offer $22 per cut, lowballing a lowball price to begin with is not good bussiness.
     
  9. bock

    bock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    Granulawn sucks. Thats horrible that they have to run us small guys out of town.
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,953

    Don't understand why a solo can't run an operation cheaper than the mid size company:hammerhead:
     

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