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GO I LAWN reviews opinions

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ron greentree, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 601

    It's a great product, but way too expensive. I know roughly what each neighborhoods average size is and I use Bing maps to verify.
  2. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Their promo code in this issue of Turf Magazine (TM4) doesn't appear to work. Not a terrible idea if you're not concerned about slopes, obstacles not in the photos, new landscaping or fences added since the photos were done, bizarre features in the grade, that new trampoline, cars parked hanging over the lawn, the fact that the lawn is water logged for 3 days after it rains, etc. Beats not seeing a place at all. It might be more suitable for apps.

    I've bid a couple of places using this sort of product when I got contacted late in the week and didn't want to make the drive over on the weekend for a residential prospect. Even without the aids included with this product you can judge a lot size based on objects in the field of vision and experience with the neighborhoods. Without fail there will be a little something you didn't count on from the view you get (which is quite good, but not like ground level).

    It probably helps being able to fire off a faster bid than others on residentials, but the downside is increased risk of "surprises" when you arrive. And I don't think too many people would accept a "provisional bid" where you later hit them with other fees for stuff you didn't see in the pics. Sounds too much like a bait-n-switch. Overall my guess is bids will be too low on average using this unless you just add a premium on everything to cover yourself. Most home lots here always have some time-wasting screwup you have to deal with.

    On large or commercial jobs, you'd have to be crazy to bid them sight-unseen. Too much is at stake.
  3. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I would say these type of services would be invaluable to this sort of situation. One-time jobs for fairly low dollar amounts, where you simply cannot make any money if you have to drive around giving the bids. You still risk some surprises when you arrive, but it offsets that by saving you so much drive time.
  4. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    I didn't read closely when I tried goilawn... it costs money for each view. Rookie mistake. But I guess it makes sense for guys that are doing 15-30 estimates a day. I just don't have that much business yet
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  5. CLScaper

    CLScaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    What's wrong with google earth??
  6. Charles_4

    Charles_4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I've been using goilawn for a couple years now to do bids when I'm out of town or just can't schedule an on-site measurement. I wish that I would have seen this thread before I started using goilawn. You have to buy 100 transactions to get in on the $3.00 price. Far worse, I've noticed that goilawn does not always give me accurate measurements. Part of that is simply because property boundaries can be more difficult to discern online. However, I have had some random transactions that have been really off. I measured one place at 20K when it was actually a 13K. That kind of mistake should have cost me the bid. The worst, though, was a 30K which was measured up as a 4K using goilawn. I had another worker mowing that lawn, and it took over a month before I found out about the discrepancy. I don't know if anyone else is having the same issues, but I definitely recommend getting a physical measurement when possible.

    I do plan to try out http://lawncaretoolbox.com/index.cfm though. If it turns out to be accurate, I may use it the next time I am out of town.
  7. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,152

    Have you tried findlotsize.com? It has been pretty accurate for me.
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  8. MowandGoLandscape

    MowandGoLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

  9. lazyike

    lazyike LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    goilawn has cost me plenty this year in wrong size measurements (not in my favor) off by as much as 10,000 sq. ft (this ads up for spraying) and for wrong search locations and billing me for it, it would be nice if it would bill you once you click on a measure tool instead of when it sends you to an address.... I am done with this company.:angry:
  10. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    I also use findlotsize.com its free

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