How can I compete.....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tntrex, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. tntrex

    tntrex LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 23

    Just found out today that the largest LCO in my area lowered his rates this year lower tahn even last years. :hammerhead: 1 acre home lots $46-- mow, edge, weedeat, blow.

    I'm getting killed by this fool and all his illegals.
  2. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    compete on quality and service

    or call ins

    This is a common thing and the folk on here typicaly see the lowballer as the guy with the rusty old truck and riding mowers

    as a biz gets bigger it can perform the same work for less in many cases

    how much does a yard of mulch cost you?

    if you bought 200 yards how much will it cost you?

    Chase the customers that don't want 4 people in there yard, personalized, quality service and you will be fine

    or drop your cost to 44 dollars

    if your not up to you elbows in debt and run a lean company 44 dollars can make a profit..

    Good luck
  3. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    Tru Green! sums it up here our neck of the woods.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Don't compete at all...go in the other direction. Why mess with acre+ lots for chump change when you can focus on much smaller lots?
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Could be the like the area that I live in.

    Smallest lots ARE 1 acre +.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    True, in which case he could be in trouble :dizzy:
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I've got some that are on an acre that I'm doing for $50. Have been for years, the first 3 yards I ever got.

    Last year I was underbid (retained the accounts though) by $10.

    I don't know.... I guess $40 / acre is good, if you can get them done in under 1/2 hour and have a decent route.

    It's when you're starting out, driving 10-15 minutes between accounts that'll kill you pretty quick, especially if you're doing them on a per time, rather than a set fee.
  8. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Think that's hard to compete with. Try 10 dollars to mow a front yard 80x40 and trim the hedges. I am still trying to find this guy. When I do hope he is licensed or I turning him in.
  9. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,941

    Have you turned the name over to authorities for his use of illegal labor? If not, why not? If so, what action has been taken against him?
  10. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    they dont care... Or wont do anything........

    I'm in Texas too and the norm for around here is....

    the lowballers like this stick around for a while. then what happens they get a VERY BAD NAME....... people come home and see 3,4 and 5 guys in there yard, one over there behind the shed peeing, another one looking in a window.
    still one caseing the joint....

    next thing ya know the homeowner is calling in on them.....

    Dont GET MAD..... LET nature take it's corse....

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