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compare winterizing prices nationwide USA

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by sprinklerhead, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. sprinklerhead

    sprinklerhead LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 92

    I was wondering what other states are getting for winterizing sprinklers because the price in Mi. is getting ridiculously low and if your doing it for $30- $35 your Nutz.With 2 people working to!!
    We start out @ $65. 1-6 zones add $5. each individual zone after 6 zones ,residential only .Commercial you should be getting $100- 150.just for showing up they usually take 30 days to pay. Thats interest ,knowledge ,Insurance,Gas,wear and tear on your equipment.
    10 years ago i could get these price easy.
     
  2. sprinklerhead

    sprinklerhead LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 92

    Feel free to make comments.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,268

    I wouldn't want to do a residential for less than sixty-five. I usually only add for extra zones when I get to ten. A surcharge for dismantle/reassembly of an RPZ is fair. And commercial, you charge whatever the market will bear.
     
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,662

    On residential we charge a flat $ 75.00 , be it 1 zone or 30 zones . The time difference adverages out at the end of the day . This has helped us to increase our service customers by about 50 each year just from blowouts .
     
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    I really find it hard to believe that someone could come out ahead with only charging $30-35 on a blowout. Seems like it'd almost be like working for free.
     
  6. sprinklerhead

    sprinklerhead LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 92

    Hey guys thanks for the replies. Its true $30- $35 these guys are doing it for in Mi. there is so much comp. everybody is cutting each others throat. i even have a phone # i got on the side of the road on a sign i called and told them he was crazy . there everywheres out here .if anyone wants to call for themselve 5864125515

    Working for free is right!
     
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Yeah there are signs around on the street corners in neighborhoods advertising $35. Heck when I first started in irrigation in 1993, the company I worked for was charging $40. My normal charge is $56. I also know of one company here charging $65. I am comfortable with my fee. But if it is 12 or more stations I usually tack on 5-10 extra. Some of these jobs we can be in and out in 15 minutes max. SprinklerGuy timed one of his at 8 minutes.

    I went out yesterday with my technician doing 15 winterizations. We usually do them seperately, but we rented the compressor for yesterday and today and I wanted to make sure we got them done since they were stretched all over town. It doesn't help out a whole lot having two guys. But while one guy is pulling the hose and hooking up, one guy can let the homeowner know we are there, and collect a check. Rather than collecting after everything is done. We usually open through the bleed screws or solenoids and can blow out 2-5 at a time. 2-3 if blowing through the test ****, and 4-5 if through a 1/2" or 3/4" hook up.

    Today is our last day. Looks like a total of 535. We did 400 last year.
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,268

    They won't be there when it's time to troubleshoot an installation, and the customers you want to keep aren't going to demand you match a low price.
     
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Exactly WetBoots. Some of these guys are the weekend warriors that use their home air compressor, or rent one for the weekend just to make some "easy" money. And I will be fixing some of their work. I explain all these thing to the customer when they ask about the $35 signs.

    I sometimes give a discount to people, but only if they have been using our services for a few seasons, have 2-3 homes in a row (no drivetime), military, and each one is at our judgement. Usually go down to $50.
     
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    At those prices, you'll starve to death for lack of work out here! I quoted several folks for winterizing to include taking their intakes out and draining the pump - $75. "No", they said "been using ABC company for years and they only charge me $50".:dizzy: I don't even bother tyring to compete. I only winterize for my full service clients.
     

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