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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by humble1, May 10, 2008.

  1. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    I bid a lawn today a referal from another landscaper.

    -lawn was on the property but customer is unhappy.
    I come in at $95 per app hand him the contract and ask what he is paying w/c-lawn 57.00 he says he will talk it over w/ the wife, i doubt ill get it.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    I hate when that happens. A small company recently came by and offered $49.95 to most people on a street. My price for the customer was was $99. Lawn is about 22 thousand sq ft. Customer sent me a copy of most of the quote paperwork. Customer called and asked if I could come down--not that much. Customer called competition's office and asked if the price was correct--office girl said its "good for the year, but might have to be readjusted next year." Sigh.
  3. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    thats a load of sh-t, it would cost me probably that much in
    product to treat a lawn that size, at least that company is
    only hurting themselves in the long run.

    you guys ever hear from new customers " well your a small business,
    so you have less overhead , and you should have a lower price"
  4. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    riggles is in a different market than us, but how could it possibly cost you that much in product 2 bags of dimension is like 40.00-46.00 asuming its a good lawn you wouldnt be spraying broadleaf on the whole lawn. other rounds w/ no control are cheaper than dimension..how do you come up w/ that?
  5. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,722

    Just an observation here. I don't use the fert/pre-emerg products but let's say it did cost Riggles 40-46 bucks in material. best case scenario he'd make $9.95 meeting the comp's price. That doesn't include fuel to get there... I'm sorry, but that's peanuts no matter what market you do business in. If they see that big of a price difference and can't smell a RAT,then they deserve each other LOWBALLER+ CHEAPSCATE... A match made in heaven!
  6. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,029

    when i would go out on an estimate and the homeowner would tell me he is paying alot less than my quote i would tell him prehaps that's why he is unhappy and looking for new service. you get what you pay for... a 100.00 job being charged 50.00 is get that ... 50.00 worth of service
  7. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    i misspoke i only was looking at the 99.00 when i wrote the above , i wasnt looking at the 49.95 sorry guys
  8. NOOB

    NOOB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    is the c-lawn Chem Lawn
    if it is they can do it cheap cuz they have the man power and money to buy products in bulk so Price goes down AS Well TG Chemlawn has No contract people hate contracts !!
  9. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 593

    Wow...you have been in this business quite awhile, huh?
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Are you any different from your competition? If you're offering the same blah package - then price will generally be the focus.

    You need to separate yourself from the herd. You need to be able to convey to the homeowner that a price comparison is apples to oranges: and here's why... !!

    If you offer no distinction in your service, you may as well low ball with the rest...

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