How Do I Deal with Low Ballers?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by God'sGreenGrass, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. God'sGreenGrass

    God'sGreenGrass LawnSite Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 78

    Hey guys I have a partner in Dallas trying to get established. There are low ballers charging $18 and they take 30 minutes a lawn. It is a two man crew working in a newer neighborhood that is only a couple years old. New houses are coming up around and they get the contracts becuase they are so cheap.I don't even know how they are in business because that comes out to a gross $18 an hour. How do you become a better competitor? We are not going to charge $18 a yard! We know the prices are usually $30-45 for Dallas area. This is ridiculously cheap. Well I'm done with my rant, any advice? And I mean REAL advice!
  2. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 12,491

    Don't worry about them. Plenty of lawns for everyone. It gets frustrating at times when ya see them, but seriously I can only have so many lawns and these types of "companies" aren't going to snag them up...

    I have lost one client due to a lower price was $35...they dropped me a couple weeks later for a guy charging $20....that was 3 years ago...I don't mow theirs but I now mow 4 homes around them and only had one of those at the time this happened.

    Not worth the worry. At all.
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,384

    Don't give them a 2nd thought. Ain't worth your time.
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  4. Koehn's Lawn Service

    Koehn's Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 918

    If you do quality work and take pride in your work people will see what kind of person you are and what you do and will pay your price.
    Brucey, Bigg-Lenny and kabrac like this.
  5. OP

    God'sGreenGrass LawnSite Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 78


    Problem is they have 8+ customers on 1 street! Fyi we have a neighborhood business, so we cant go any where else. Were trying to expand through out the city, but need to start in our neighborhood.

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,851

    Need or want ?
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  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 14,059

    Companies that seriously undercharge for their work usually do one of two things: Realize they aren't making any $ and raise prices or Two, go out of business.

    There is a saying: I lose a little on every job but am making it up in volume.
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 11,810

    You're in Texas. Get in the oil business where the real money is
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  9. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,253

    Prayer !
  10. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Only $18.00..Down here the going rate for a low baller is $10-15.00 per cut!

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