$8 mow .. ya right.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by causalitist, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    so .. i gave a quote today for a 7000sqrft yard, fenced in so alot of trimming .. in a nice subdivision. told the guy $35. he said " oh ok, so is that per month?"


    i actually laughed and said no. I've never laughed at a customer while doing an estimate before, but i couldnt help it!

    i pull up with a $3500 mower and $1200 in blowers and trimmers and he thinks i mow for $8.75 a pop

    honestly it felt pretty good to tell him i charge 400% more than he thought and walk away.
  2. Mrs. H

    Mrs. H LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    Well, it is monday. Was it before or after the guy had his Starbucks?
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I've gotten that response before. But actually from someone that I had mowed for in the past. He was renting out the house he used to live in and was charging the tenant for lawn service, but had let it get a little overgrown. He wanted to know how much it would be to "knock down" the front yard. When they say "knock down" it makes the job seem so much easier doesn't it? :rolleyes: Anyway, I was cutting the one next door and I wasn't terribly busy, so I said I would "knock it down" for 25 bucks. And he asked..."$25 a month?" After he declined my $25, one time, right now offer, I had to go back and ask the tenant what he was paying. I think the tenant said they were paying him $100 a month for the lawn.
  4. grassgirl4

    grassgirl4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Had the same thing happen to me last year...lawn was about one-third of an acre w/fence and other obstacles to trim around...was also out of my way, so I figured in a little additional to cover extra time. I told them it would be $50, and the lady's son (who was getting the quote for his mom) said, "Okay, per month?" I professionally said, "No, per week," and I never heard back from him.

    It can get disheartening, at times, when you take the time to go look at someone's place and give them a price, only to not get the business; however, in the long run, the customer base you do develop will be great--good payers, no haggle...that kind of thing.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I hear you man, there's days I get like that and worse, but I am starting to understand customers are allowed to be uneducated, and it is up to the business representative to politely answer the questions, simple as that.

    See because I walked into our local dealership today and all I needed was a spark plug for my trimmer, right?
    Yes, one little plug, nothing else, guess how much?
    He says: $ 7.50
    Now if you were the customer, what would your reaction be?
    Mine was: "gtfo are you serious I mean REALLY ??!?!?!"
    Him "yeah man, sorry, everythings getting expensive"

    I paid for it, walked on out, that's just how it is.

    So I did want to pass on this tip:

    "Is that per month?"
    "no sir, that is per cut"
    "omg wt*%&^' did you just now say PER CUT!?!!?"
    "yes sir"
    "Wow get outta here are you serious, did I hear you right?"
    "yes sir, 35 dollars, per cut."

    and so on...
    After many years I am sloooowly beginning to learn, it does work better that way :laugh:

    btw my signature is a joke, but it also translates to "it's never that easy, and if it is, then it's not worth it"
  6. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Had a women thee other day ask us to give her an estimate 9,500 SQ FT property toatly fenced and small in ground swimming pool built into the crest of a hill that slopes down her back yard ,not to mention a good amount of trimming. That will be $45 a cut mam. I thaught she was going to have a heart attack LOL. She said no more than $25 I told her good luck and have a great day !!
  7. grassmedics

    grassmedics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    i saw a guy advertising he would do cuts for $11 a week. my question is how the heck do they make a living?
  8. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    They don't.
  9. Juan_Deere

    Juan_Deere LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Easy. Volume. Think about it. You mow a lawn once per week. He mows a lawn once per week. At $11 a pop, 8 lawns a day, that is $88 per day, or $616 a week, or $2464 a month. Take away 30% for taxes and whatnot, and he is left with $1724.80 take home, provided his used beat up(but still work's fine) equipment is paid off. That leaves him $431.20 a week paycheck. Just a little less than the average salary. Throw in the wife's job making minimum wage, and they are golden. Add to that, $11 is probably just a start up cost, just to get the name out there, and he gets a bit more for extra services performed in addition to the mowing.

    When you have very little to work with, and it is all you can do to make it work, you make it work.
  10. Big Red

    Big Red LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    No offense, but your crazy if you think a guy charging $11 a yard is paying taxes...

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