What is a lowballers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnmedics, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. Lawnmedics

    Lawnmedics LawnSite Member
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    I do not understand why everybody thinks they are being beaten up by lowballers. I have taken accounts from other LCO's due to price but not intentionally. I bid what I think is a fair price. A price that I make money at always. If that makes me a lowballer I am. I carry insurance and pay my taxes but always try to give a fair price. REcently I basicly took all the accounts on one dead end steet from a LCO because I quoted a price of about half what he was charging. Now I have all of his accounts and could not be happier about the profit from this steet. Does this make me a lowballer?
     
  2. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If what you are saying is the truth, then no you are not a lowballer, there, there, do you feel better now...:p
     
  3. Lawnmedics

    Lawnmedics LawnSite Member
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    Yes, Now I do feel a lot better now. Thanks.
     
  4. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont think it matters anymore. Stick around till next spring and you will have your fair share of lowball talk. I know i myself had enough this spring!

    Run your business your way. if you are around for next spring, you obviously are doing something right.

    Trevor
     
  5. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah that was good times eh trevor?:rolleyes:
     
  6. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I always think of a lowballer as someone who intentionally gives a lower price just to get the business. If your prices work for you, and you don't know what the other guy was charging, then you're not lowballing. IMO.
     
  7. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
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    why would you cut a price in half when you could have dropped it a little and still got the work thats just silly. Now you just dropped the price in the entire neighborhood b/c people talk, way to go now everybody has to work for your prices or risk losing their accounts.
    Every business runs on a differnet budget and maybe the price those other dude was charging made him the same cash you are making. If you can charge a little less and still get the work it wouldn't hurt surrounding compaines. JMO. This type of thing has happened to the company i work for and it sucks.
     
  8. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I hope you are at least making $40 an hour. To beat someone by half is a lot. Either he was charging way to high, or your to low. It may work for you now but what happens when your expenses increase, or your paying employees to do the work, will you still be making money?
     
  9. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    A low baller is a person that prices his/her work based on someone else's prices...not good.

    If you got the work because you operate at a lower cost and can work cheaper then your not a low baller. Your just a smaller company with less overhead.
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,329

    We have to bid most of the residential at $25/hr and commerical at $20/hr in our area. We had one set of high end homes at $35 per hour and lost them so this year we will rebid at $25. We have insurance on workers, have liability insurance and pay all taxes and feel like we are doing fine. When I was solo I looked for the $40+/hr jobs. It sounds like you got good foundation Lawnmedics to build your business...you will do fine.
     

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