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How soon can I raise prices?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by South Florida Lawns, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Well I just got a new yard and I already see a bunch of stuff that I didn't see when first put in the bid. Things that are a pain, that will make mowing go slower. Like a new back gate thats smaller than the one I first measured. gotta use the wb now. Weird side slope that needs more trimming cuz I can't access it with the z as much as I thought. I pretty much screwed the price on this.

    Alright my ? is when can I raise my price? Even if its an increase of $5, it will make me feel better. I just started mowing it this month. Oh this house is 4 sale so hopefully when it does sell I can jack the price to justify.
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    Making you feel better isn't the issue. Rather, the issue is being a lawn care professional with integrity that honors the price you quoted to do the task. Your post indicates you misquoted. That is not the customer's problem, rather your problem. The customer really doesn't care about how you feel, but getting the work done for the price that was quoted to them, and the price they expected to pay.
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    I'm confused, did they change the size of the gate after you started mowing?
  4. kmwharley

    kmwharley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    If you misquoted as it appears then the price increase would be at the contract renewal. If the customer changed something that makes you job more time consuming or harder (if they put in a smaller gate) then you should be able to adjust accordingly and let them know why.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If they changed the gate...you change the price. This is no different than you starting a place, and every week they add pink flamingos, ceramic frogs, trampolines, and all kinds of other stuff to mow around.
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,624

    I agree with that
  7. HighlandLC

    HighlandLC LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 192

    Had one, after 1 year they fenced in the rear yard, with a gate I could berrely squeeze through. Then they kept the dogs outside with what dogs do naturally. It wasnt worth the $, so I dumped them.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    LOL...this reminds me of some years ago, when I took care of this donut and ice cream shop. It started with a sign or two being added, but I drew the line and had to raise the price when I showed up and saw two 3 ft. tall ice cream sundaes and a 4 ft. long banana split to trim around!
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    yeah but I was thinking at the end of summer I will go ahead and rais a bunch of old customers. I was thinking of raising the price on this yard as well.

    what do you think? I don't do contracts either.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Do it now. You have NO idea what we'll be dealing with for fuel prices next year. You don't want to raise at the end of the season, then again at the beginning.

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