How to deal with low ballers.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kajunlawncare, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. kajunlawncare

    kajunlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    How does everyone deal with lowballers? It seems there are a lot of them around where I live, or I'm charging too high idk.
  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    They typically deal with themselves.
  3. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    Second this.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Every body is a lowballer You may think one guy is one, then a bigger company may think you are.
    Some think I'm one and I know I am one as long its next to one of my accounts and I know there extra work I'll low ball on the mowing to get the extra work. The extra work will make up the low mowing price
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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  6. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    You can't really call someone a lowballer without knowing their cost of doing business.
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Agreed ^^^
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  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    If an LCO has become established in a neighborhood over the years, then he has certainly raised his prices during this time.
    Enter the lowballer...and if your established customers switch over...then the mood changes.
    They save $5+/mowing x #mowing's/season ="X".
    THEN, you find out if your level of service means "X" to your 'loyal' customers.

    Bottom line:
    Customers come and go. LCOs come and go.
    Lowballers come and mostly go.
  9. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    You deal with it by giving the customer a reason to pay you more.
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  10. yclawncare

    yclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Sometimes I get a heads up from people that refer me to them, or I know it will happen because of that persons culture. I always bid higher than I really want to bid it at.I know that I will get talked down. When this happens the low baller thinks he got a good deal and you walk away knowing that you still come out the winner. Basically everyone wins.

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