Got my potential first client a little nervious

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by B16bri, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    That's a tricky situation for sure. First its your first job and second you are not good at pricing yet and your unsure about the whole job. I'm am not knocking you one bit I have been there done that like many of us and sometimes you just go for it or you walk away.

    15 yards of mulch is close to $2,000 to install and beds and such plus trimming and more. Close to a $3,000 plus mind you I'm in Canada so the price is a bit off.
  2. B16bri

    B16bri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    Ya I live in ct and everything here is more expensive. Thanks guys for all your input I'm gonna go check out the job soon and ill keep everyone posted on weather I pass on it or accept it. I'm sure if I accept it ill be on here asking some priceing questions lol. If I chose to do the job when I email him the invoice do I just give him a total amount or do I break it down for example mulch material and install is xxx.xx hedge trimming xxxx lawn dethatching xxx.xx
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  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,407

    Total amount. Do not break it down
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  4. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Dont break it down unless you are asked to
  5. dustinnice

    dustinnice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    As mentioned earlier, try selling him on doing 5 yards at a time. That's manageable solo. (You will be working your butt off though, all day job each time.) If you can't haul that much have it delivered, just make sure you have somewhere onsite to have it dumped and remember to factor the delivery fee into your price. I did a 9 yard job in just over a day, but labor-wise it took 14-15 hours or so. If you think you can't do it, don't do it, if you do shoddy work when you're tired, don't do it. But remember if you take the job and do awesome work, chances are you'll be getting all kinds of calls from neighbors and friends of the client.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,379

    Nothing to FEAR!

    Probably 3 or 4 real hard days. Have the Mulch delivered and go to work.

    I turned down a few jobs like that starting out, mainly because I was part time, and I regretted it.

    Its a great time to get into a upscale neighborhood, try real hard to get the weekly service on the place.

    You can do it.
  7. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,001

    I had a regular mowing customer last spring that wanted 65 shrubs/trees installed and I really didn't want the job, so I priced it pretty high. She still said she wanted it done, so we did it. It was a lot of hard work, but now I'm glad I did it because of the experience I gained. Hopefully, you can get a shot at this job even if it's small bites at a time. Just make sure you give the guy a detailed written estimate and make sure all his expectations are met and agreed upon before starting the work. Good luck and take some pictures before and after if you do the work. In fact, it might be a good idea to take some pictures while on-site to do the estimate, you'll have something to refer to later.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    Exactly what I was going to say. It may be better to pass untill you have more experience and are a little more confident. There will be plenty more opportunities that will come your way. But at the same time this could be a great way to get a start in a nice neighborhood which could end you up with a lot of work. Whatever you decide to do make sure you are confident that t is the right decision and make sure the customer is happy
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  9. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    One question are you insured
  10. B16bri

    B16bri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    When measuring a big job like this which method would I be better off with what do you guys use the trusty Stanley tape measure or a measuring wheel ?
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