Your bid is too low....give me another bid!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by walker-talker, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Use to mow this lawn for a real estate firm. Well new tenants moved in and they did not need my service any longer, so I quit. Before I quit though, the tenants before must of had a contract with somebody because the property got fertilized and nobody lived there to water. The lawn got fried. The real estate firm tell me to go give a bid for verticutt and overseed. Without looking at the damage I gave a bid of $120....it's about 4K sq ft. I thought this sounded fair enough. I am spending around $20 in material and should take about an hour.

    I get a call from the owner of the real estate firm and he tells me that is way too low. "Matt" he says, "don't short-change yourself. Go take another look at the property and call me on Monday with your new bid". I am thinking.....oooookkkkkk. Well I go look at it and well there is some dead matted up grass that I might rake up....but really the verticutter will cut through to it to the ground. I guess I will make him happy and add $20 to the estimate.

    This doesn't happen often enough, but I felt like I needed to share this. I never thought of myself as a lowballer, just a fair business man.

    I know this has happened to others so please share.

    Thanks
    MATT
     
  2. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Posts: 554

    I was maintaining a guys office for 6 months are so, and he asked for a bid for his house, I bid it at $150 month, He tells me thats what the last guy was charging, lets make it $160.:D I still do his house 2 years later. Now I need to add $10:p
     
  3. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I just finished a hedge trimming job last week that took 4 hours to complete. I did the job for $150 plus $40 to haul the clippings to a landfill. Total time involved 4 hours and 35 minutes. The homeowner was very happy with the work and the price. He said the last LCO charged $375 for the same service and took 3 hours to complete. Maybe I did underbid but I felt that the price was fair and the customer was satisfied. If I did underbid, it was not deliberate and I certainly don't consider myself a scrub.
     
  4. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    DennisF, IMO you were too low
     
  5. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381




    I agree and I will adjust my bids for hedge and shrub work upward. I orginally set $35 per hour as a baseline for hedge and shrub trimming. I probably will raise that to $50 and see if customers feel that is a fair price. Even at $50 I might still be on the low side.
     
  6. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 614

    "don't short-change yourself. Go take another look at the property and call me on Monday with your new bid"

    I need a few of these clients
     

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