Price check

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by RippinV, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. RippinV

    RippinV LawnSite Member
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    Got a 1/2 acre in CT, probably 15K sq ft of yard with some beds. Received a qoute for a system with 26 rotar heads and 12 misters for the beds, using poly. Using Hunter heads, Airtrol controller, rain sensor, and 825 wide backflow preventer. Price was $4K. Good price or can I do better. Very nice guy, sure i'll get great service.
     
  2. seems about right to me.
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    That price is about normal. Some will do it cheaper. Some will do it for more. If you feel comfortable with that guy, go with him.
     
  4. RippinV

    RippinV LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, I suspected it was reasonable... Considered doing it myself but not in the mood for a 3 week headache, just want it done and done right. Plus I dont think I can rent a puller so I would have to trench and wreck my yard.
     
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just to let you know, the timer is probably an Irritrol, not Airtrol. And it is a 825Y, not 825 wide, backflow preventer. The 825Y is an RP (reduced pressure assembly) which is more expensive than a PVB (pressure vacuum breaker) but may be required in your area or necessary due to elevation change on the property. So the 825Y and the rain sensor will generally kick the price up slightly.
     
  6. RippinV

    RippinV LawnSite Member
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    Thanks very much for the info. Are the Irritrol controllers good? He is probably using he 825Y because of the elevation change in the backyard as you suggested. Another question relates to payment. If I were to offer someone cash (no receipt) under the table so to speak, just because I think we all pay enough in taxes, what kinda break would you give?? This guy will only knock off $100.00 (thats one hundred). I know for a fact, from being in the car cleaning business in the past, that uncle sammy takes a good 40% when its all said and done (unemployment, withholding, social security, etc)... any thoughts?
     
  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pay the man
     
  8. RippinV

    RippinV LawnSite Member
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    When you go to buy a new truck do you just pay the sticker price or try to negotiate a bit? That's all I am saying. I want the guy to get paid, just thought he would move a bit more in a cash transaction, thats all.

    later
     
  9. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes I negotiate like a bear on trucks. But they come with huge margins, manufacturer incentives, advertising perks, etc.

    This is a very competitive business. A sprinkler system is not equivalent to a truck. You have labor, materials, overhead and profit. Additionally you have some inherent risks you assume with contruction. Hidden conditions, utility problems etc.

    I personally price all my jobs with out fat and the price is not subject to negotiation for price sake alone. If I have to give, you have to give me something back. I'm never insulted when folks ask. It's OK to ask. But this is contracting, not retailing and the game is played different.

    All prices are my cash price. ;)
     
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you pay him cash under the table, that should mean you get no receipt. If a warranty issue comes up he could theoretically tell you to get lost. I won't accept cash deals unless it is with friends that need help with repairs and I usually tell them to buy me a few beers.
     

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