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chem lawn pulled up while i was there

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    got a call to look at a lawn today.
    while out there to work up a price on a fert. program a car pulled up and kid (20 years old max)got out walked on the lawn" made the sign of the cross"LOL.. knocked on the door ,handed her papers and left..
    i go up to the door to talk with her,handed her my price and she said that i was 30.00 more per application(32,000 sf) he was 105.00 and i was 135.00 i looked at her and said i do 35 out of 67 homes in that development ....she said she will let me know...
    will see.....
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I say the other guy needs to raise his prices alittle. I would have priced it around 125 to 130.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    You should've also told her that she'll be getting alot better product (and more of it) than that straight N junk that they put down. That stuff is totally worthless for a healthy lawn. Not only that, she's getting one on one personalized service. Not some "hosejockey" that don't care about anything but making his $1100. a day quota. BIG difference. The results speak the loudest. I can get about ANY TG/CL customer I choose to talk to with just 5 minutes worth of their time.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    It's easy to get cocky about winning over a TGCL bid, but beware. People have this perception that THEY are the "professionals".
    Even if the guy is 19 yrs old and doesn't have a clue.

    Make sure to have them ask what their technitions name is and if he has a licence and how much experience he has. Most often, that will seal the deal.
  5. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 296

    im sure the chem lawn guys know they don't have that neigbor hood in there pocket yet so they are trying to squeeze you out so they can raise there price later.
  6. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,386

    Even if they go with the low ball Chem-Scotts companies you will probably get them in the long run. They will get tired of paying for a marketing service and will hire a lawn care service. ex chemlawn and Scotts customers can be the most loyal once they have had a taste of service.
  7. youcantdothat

    youcantdothat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Isn't that slander? payup

    CCLAWN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    LOL Nothing but the truth. How can It be slander.....Although the big boys put on a good game face, the clown paint comes out in the summer when the lawns roast. EMPHASISE ON THE HOMEOWNER KEEP THE ESTIMATE.....They will call next year when they continually get called and hassled for the flavor of the month to push revenue....be sure they know that and undertand the price they will pay if going with the unneeded upsells
  9. richard coffman

    richard coffman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I've delt with competition from tg/cm in the past, it's pretty easy to overcome there customer deceptions. I'm sure they mean well, but your presentation to the customer and the emphesis of quality work and not quanity will help win the bid. Be only yourself, and don't sell yourself short. payup

    Richard Coffman/ Owner
  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    many moons ago b4 i got into this business, i was always impressed by their trucks...Harry Homeowner sees the good looking truck....but cant see what is (or is not) coming out of the hose

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