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would you do this without quoting a price?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i'm very nervous about this. an aquaintence called, he owns 3 homes. he usually gets service from some scrub company, solo op, who is currently away on vacation. he asked if i could go to all 3 of his properties, and "cut the grass, trim the bushes....do whatever you think needs to be done, and fax a bill, i'll cut a check immediately." i was like, "well, let me look at it first, i'll give you a price." he insisted quoting the price was not important, it needs to be done, just do it, and send a bill. i'm a bit nervous, for a couple of reasons. first off, these people were good friends of ours, we kinda went our separate ways when the kids came along, but kept in touch a little. second, i don't think thier current scrub company charges professional rates, and i'm afraid when i submit a bill for $2000, he will flip. there is no mistrust issue. i trust i will get paid, no matter what. would you do the job, without quoting it? i plan on doing it today, he will be unavailable for phone contact all day, so i won't be able to call and quote a price. just do it?
  2. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    someone you know. 2 grand! no way, not without him being aware of the cost. knowing you will be paid is one thing, but not worth creating tensions between you. I would look it over today, give the quote this evening and do it tomorrow :D
  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Stumper 1620 has the right idea. I would probably flip too if I got a bill for $2,000.00 (which seems to be your predetermined price) for having 3 yards mowed, trimmed, blowed off and a few bushes trimmed.

    Let's get real about this. I hope these houses are close together (bet they are all rentals) so you can look at what you are getting into. Now that you have seen what is involved call the guy up again that night if he is not available during the rest of the day.

    Tell him I prefer seeing a property , quoting a price and an agreement on the price before I start a job. This approach should calm down your nerves dealing with the guy.

  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I think perhaps a busy schedule would come in handy at this point, aren't you all full up? And if you're not, shouldn't you be? :)

    I've used that one many times with friends, just too busy right now... No offense but to me friends have no place in my business UNLESS I got a TON of spare time because in the end not only do I end up doing their job for at least 50% OFF while they feel they're doing me a great favor but in addition I always get the feeling that I'm breeding yet another little monster.
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Doing business with a friend might just lead to and ended friendship.

    Doing business with an aquaintance (just somebody you know) is probably less risky than doing business with a friend.

    Bobby's has an aquaintance who owns 3-houses. I'd still quote a price and get an agreement on this one before I started the job.

  6. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    You have an aquaintance who owns an automotive repair shop. You have your car worked on and are very unhappy with the job and state your reasons. You get no satisfaction from the owner (the aquaintance) so you no longer will have your car worked on there.

    You have a friend who owns an automotive repair shop. You have your car worked on and are very unhappy with the job and state your reasons. You get no satisfaction from your friend (the owner) so you no longer will have your car worked on there and ---- you two are no longer friends.

    Most of the time it is better to do business with someone
    who is not a friend or aquaintance and I'd say it is better to
    do business with just an aquaintance than a friend.


    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    $2000 to cut 3 yards and trim bushes. I most definitely would shout the price first. How do you know how much they are going to be if you have not seen them and if you have seen them just make the call first.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i called, and got him before he left. THANK GOD, because i quoted him a price for just one property, and he blew a gasket. unfortunately, i already started the trimming when i called. he said ok, finish that one, but the others.....jus mow the grass
  9. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    What's it hurt to declare a bid? Just look at it, evaluate it and then call him back and tell him how much it's going to cost. It would be kind of sleazy in appearance, to the customer, to just do it and then hit him with a bill he doesn't expect.
    I worked for a lady putting in beds, rocking, cleanups. She always paid well and never complained about the price.
    She called right after a storm. Needed some brush and down trees removed. I offered to bid it and got the ol', "Just charge what it costs. It needs to be done and your price will be ok." 9 manhours later I presented her with a $450.00 bill. Average storm cleanup. She went beserk saying that she didn't agree to pay for 3 people and blah, blah, blah. That was one time it felt good to just say, "I'm sorry you can no longer afford our service. If things pick up for you, feel free to call." She then started to tell me how rich they were. Actually, I'd starve before I'd work for her again. Totally out of line.
  10. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    How many bushes does the one property have you started on ? How large is the lawn ?

    What price did you both agree on for this property ? The other two you are only going to mow what price did you both agree for each of those ?

    Bobby G you have gotten our curiosity stirred up on this one.


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