When Giving an Estimate

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by adam underwood, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. adam underwood

    adam underwood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    hey guys..
    im just starting out this year, ive been on a few estimates for some random jobs (tree trimming, fall cleanups). I feel like im not being very professional when i give an estimate.... I usually try to look respectable, knock on the door, introduce myself and ask them what exactly they are looking for me to do, snoop around a little and come up with some type of quote for the job.

    can anyone give me any pointers or run me through how they intereact with the potential customer?
    thanks a lot
     
  2. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I always try to do a quick walk-thru before I knock on the door, so I have a sense of what the work is.

    As far as interaction with the potential client, I just try to go with the flow. If they are friendly and talkative, I am friendly and talkative. If it looks like they're about to leave somewhere and only have a few minutes to spare, I keep it short and to the point.

    Also, I'm sure you'll spell out on the contract what the work entails, never hurts to go over it verbally with them as well.
     
  3. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    Yea not spelling out on the contract what was gonna be done came back to bite me in the arse last week, I thought I could let it slide since shes has always been a great customer. But oh well never again!!!
     

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