changing estimate?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnfreak09, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. lawnfreak09

    lawnfreak09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I started a leaf job today and i got burned on it. I bid it to low. I just thought i could get it done faster and easier than i can. so my question is does anybody ever change an estimate after they give one. I know this will be a simple question to some. I have just never under bid something so badly:hammerhead: My first thought is no but just wanted to see what you guys thought.
  2. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    Talk to your customer about it. Some are caring, nice & understand & will make up the difference. Others could care less. If the latter is the case, you kind of have to eat the loss, because, in the end, it was your mistake.
  3. lawnfreak09

    lawnfreak09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    yea that is my thinking, that i am just going to bite it. i mean he was very clear on what he wanted done and i gave him a price. My fault i screwed it up
  4. Edmonds Lawn Service

    Edmonds Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I did that a few days ago on a mulch job. If the guy seems nice and understanding i would talk to him, be honest with him. Most people are understanding.
  5. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Messages: 558

    If you gave him a firm price Id say chalk it up to lessons learned and let the customer know IN A NICE WAY that next time it will be more
    Dont feel like the lone ranger everybody underbids at some point
  6. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    We have all screwed ourselves on a bid at one time or another. Honor your bid and learn from your mistake.
  7. Sherry Lawn and Landscape

    Sherry Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    yeah we did a clean up in the fall that took 10hrs 4 men!!! Huge property, way under bid that one. It sucked but the customer gave a "tip" $25 extra lol! Better then nothing lol.
  8. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Ya gotta eat it. Lesson learned. It will happen again though. It happens to everyone once in a while.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Nope, so long we gave the quote, unfortunately we are responsible. :cry:
  10. ferdinand711

    ferdinand711 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137


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