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Hand written estimate or printed on computer?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CNYScapes, Mar 15, 2006.


Do you give hand written estimates or computer printed estimates?

  1. Hand written at time of estimate.

    15 vote(s)
  2. Printed on laptop at time of estimate.

    12 vote(s)
  3. Printed on home computer and mailed to customer.

    17 vote(s)
  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    So which do you give?
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    I usually print at home a predesigned est. then fill in the price on the spot.
  3. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    You didn't have a spot for "Both" so I chise what I normally do. I write it out on a two part memo pad I picked up from staples. It's on a coil binder so it makes a great book to refer back to. If it's a current customer and they call me up on the phone and want a specific estimate for work, then I do it on the computer and send it to them.
  4. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    Same here......
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    My hand writing is so bad, I always use the computer. I have both a home pc and a laptop but I almost always come home and use the home pc then mail it out the next day.Another reason for the pc is so that I have a back up of EXACTLY what I sent the customer so there are no difference in what we have agreed upon.

  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    None of the above..I do it on the computer and e-mail it in a file to my potential customer or I hand deliver with an appointment made with the client to do so..sometimes I will drop it off..I never mail my estimates
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Ive done that also Sheshovel. Kind of depends on the customer, some are fine with it mailed and then some you need to come back to the customer with it i hand. I dont know, maybe its like trying to sell it to customer. Usually I ask the customer if they would like for me to mail the estimate to them or would they like for me to drop it by their home.

  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Landscape estimates are printed at home and delivered to perspective client in person, all other service estimates are hand written and given or left at property.
  9. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    edit-hit it twice
  10. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    That would be a handwritten estimate.

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