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$25, not a penny more!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    had my last 6 estimates go like this: "how much? we never paid more than $25 to have our lawn cut!" it seems 25 bucks is the magic number. what really scares me is that these estimates were all in well to neighborhoods, and the properties were rather large. i couldnt touch them for under $33. the $25 days are over for me, but that seems to be what the "going rate " is amongst the competition. only thing is, they all have the same sad story: my last guy didnt show up, he scalped the lawn, he told me to go scr*w myself......., and can u do all that for $25? whats the world coming to?
  2. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    I guess it IS true........

    "Ya get what ya pay for!"

  3. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    i don't unload for less than $35.......:angry:
  4. proline32

    proline32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 98383
    Messages: 278

    tell them to go get screwwed.;)
  5. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I quoted one the other day...about 2500 sq.ft., quoted him $25...that included mowing,trimming,edging(including flower beds which he had a lot of), and blowing everything off....gave him extensive info about his lawn, things he had no idea of....said he thought the price was high...he just moved here from Conn. and was paying $25 for an acre to be mowed....I laughed, told him the price I quoted him was fair....but, he was oriental....man, they try to get you to do everything for nothing....nevertheless, we didn't get the job....
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I sometimes hear " the last guy did it for xxx, can't you do it for that". I then ask "why is he no longer cutting it." If the first words out of a person's mouth are price, price, price, then I will usually tell them that, this is what I charge and why. They either say yes or no at that point. I think it partly goes back to lowballers and unliscensed people that are ruining are pricing. People see a guy doing it for half of what you want and can't figure out why and couldn't care less if you are liscensed, insured and 100% legit. I think there is enough work out there to avoid people like this.
  7. Harvestman

    Harvestman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I bid a plowing job last spring I told the guy $75.00. He said the last guy said he would do it for $50.00, but he never came.I laughed out load so hard. Nevertheless he gave me the job. You get what you pay for.
  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    Well Bobby G it sounds like you have a tough decision to make.

    If the fair market value seems to be $25/cut and you want $30 or more you have to ask yourself if you can wait out the distance til you get your asking price??? ... or ...

    You can put the price shoppers to work for you!!! If they wont spend more than $25 tell them that in order for you to cut them at $25 you will need THEM to enlist 3 of THEIR neighbors.

    If you have 4 lawns without having to trailer in between, then you just might be able to service Joe Suburbia. Stand firm and make it crystal clear that if one discontinues service the rates go back to your asking price.

    Sometimes its amazing how this helps clients keep each other in check - LOL!!!
  9. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    Somehow people seem to think that wehave been given amnesty from inflation and that the IRS says " hey you guys work so hard you don't need to pay any longer". I have been told what the customer thinks is fair many times. I know two people that have an 18$ cap and have not paid over that in at least 15 years. They are no longer on MY list however.
  10. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Messages: 422

    kutnkru you have a good point. Put the customers to work for you. bobbygedd I run into the same problem. In New Jersey more and more landscapers keep poping up. I respect all fear none. The ones who do good work will stay afloat the rest will sink. I know a guy who brought a company from a friend of mine with 140 accounts. Within the first year he was down to 77. Thats almost half!!! He had the money to buy the company but lacked the knowledge to run it.
    Travis ;)

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