Did i charge to much?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by GreenAcresLandscaping, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. GreenAcresLandscaping

    GreenAcresLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I was approached by a neighbor of one of my customers who i was doing a pool landscape job for and they asked me to give them an estimate to dig a 15ft Arb that had got taken over by bag worms, fill in the hole with topsoil and lay down new mulch.
    I told her 150. I thought it was gonna take about 2 man hours to dig it. I would have to pay $20 to get rid of it and $5 for a bag of mulch. I didn't really want to do the job i thought it was gonna be a PITA.
    We dug the tree in about 20 min and i felt kinda bad going up to the door and asking for $150 for a 20min job but the wife asked about the job and the husband paid me for the work. He seemed happy till i told him what it cost. Then he had to go into the safe to get more cash.
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    No you didn't . Everyone needs a minimum. If it to longer I'm sure you wouldn't of asked for more if it took longer.
  3. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I've had a few occassions where I overpriced a job alot to cover any unseen circumstances or it just took a whole lot less time than I thought it would. I adjusted the invoice on these occassions.
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    She knew the cost going into it, so it should be an issue. If I had been in that situation, then I may have knocked $50 off the price, but maybe not.
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    You hit a homerun. What is wrong with that? It makes up for some of the loses.
  6. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    I would have charged about 220, fixed costs recovered, job costs recovered, and profit. Don't be afraid of making money. Oh yea and if it took two hours to dig out there would be a problem.
  7. AkRowdyA78

    AkRowdyA78 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    You might of gotten payed good, but I don't think they'll be calling you back for another job. $150 I mean for 20 minutes? C'mon!
  8. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    What would a plumber charge to go to your house and clean out a drain and it took 20 minutes?

    When a landscaper shows up with more equipment then a plumber, why should he be paid less on a per hour basis?

    The only reason I can think of is there are landscapers who do not know how to price their work correctly and do not know their true expenses.
  9. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    Which would be akrowdy.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yes, and no.

    This isn't the best job to start a relationship with either thou, maybe educating the customer might have helped?
    But then some say "NO I just want an estimate and you to do it" or some such bs...

    Because it's one of those jobs where it is easy to get burned, I dislike estimating plant digging for this reason.
    And I've adjusted the invoice before too, but not always.

    Yup, just have to have that attitude some days.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2009

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