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Pricing Spring Start Ups.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by burnsyscapes, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    How did yall figure your price?

    What things you do when you turn a system on? if there are things broken you just fix them & bill, or ask customer?

  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,650

    Time and Material
  3. WellDone

    WellDone LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 13

    Charge a Service Call First
    Identify any problems. Bring to attention of customer and quesstimated amount to fix. Remind the customer that once these problems are fixed, you may run into a few more problems. Fix the known problems and indentify any new problems if present. Quote again and fix. Bill for everything upon completion. Don't wait for your money unless cash flow is not a concern for you.

    Always try to keep Customer aware of issues along the way. Keep them in the loop. You don't want any surprises when you hand them a bill for double what they expected to pay... :-o
  4. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,156

    im not worried about material just use the best.

    how much is your time?
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,094

    I start the system first...and as you do you visually inspect all heads for proper coverage/damage.

    I won't automatically fix anything without consent from the homeowner. Irrigation repairs can get expensive so it's good to check with the homeowner before.

    On starting a system...the norm. in my service area is $60-$65 for a 1/4 acre residential. Easy money...

    Repair work...around $70-$75 per hour, plus parts/materials.
  6. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    Some of the bigger companies in my area charge 95-100 an hours. Seems high, there is also no materials.

    Never done it to charge people. Looking for the best advice to jump into it without being blind.
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Some people will do a flat rate, most don't. I find it difficult to give a flat rate for many reasons. What if it's 2 zones, and what if it's 30 zones? If you price by zone, what if the zones are 2 heads each, and what about 15 heads each? How about the inevitable "where the eff is the friggin' on/off for this place" as you hunt around for 20 minutes then find out it's behind a "hidden panel" in the home office, or in a drop ceiling.

    As others said, charge time and materials. I find it easier to just make minor repairs as I go along, and I let them know before I start going through the system. I don't want to ring the doorbell every time I find something new that needs fixing. If it's broken, it needs fixing for it to work. I get the system up and running, then I will tell them about the small leak in the manifold, the 7 heads that are crooked or low, the backflow that does not meet codes, the mix/match of assorted heads, the inefficiencies of the system. If there is a major problem - backflow cracked from freezing, entire manifold broken apart, etc, then I will let them know before making repairs. But for minor head and nozzle and leak issues, I fix as I go along.
  8. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,503

    That price is high for the customers that you do not want, the customers looking for a bottom dollar price.

    The customers that you do want will not flinch at that price. Since you are the professional, know what you need to charge. If you say something needs fixed and they doubt your word, walk away fast.
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,630

    Turn ons are a service call , time and materials .

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