I beat the "lowballer"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nobagger, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Finally some justice in the Green Industry!!!!!! I gave a quote to a lady and she told me that she was working with another company for a quote as well. She stated the other company would get back to her in a couple of days, where I promptly returned her call and said I would be in the area in a couple of hours to giva an estimate. Well days went by I followed up with her and she was still waiting for the "other guys" estimate. She finally returned my call but with bad news, she told me regretfully that she was going with the "other" company,(he was $3.00 less or so). I told her that I'm sorry to hear this but asked her to ask him about his insurance, references etc. She then sounded a little worried with this guy but she told him she was going with him so she would feel guilty if she told him no now. Well just got a call from her and she is now signing with a legit quality lawn care company, MINE!!! There is some light at the end of the tunnel. :waving:
  2. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    Good for you! I did the same thing, a prospective customer said they were getting another estimate, and I "reminded" him to be sure the other guy was licensed and insured...He called today, the lawn is mine. payup
  3. Cigarcop

    Cigarcop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Good for you!
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Chalk one more up for the good guys :cool2:
  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Good for you Nobagger! Thats how we'll force the lowballers to play the game fair.
  6. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    In my 20 years of doing this no one has ever asked me if I was "licensed and insured"
  7. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    Had the same experience the other day. Got a call from my ad in the paper. Lady said she was getting several bids. I almost told her on the phone not to bother, because I knew I would not be the low-bidder. But things were slow that day, so I did the estimate anyway. Spring cleanup & weekly lawn service for the season. Did a presentation, explained to her what I thought would look good, and how we opperate. Then left her with my proposal. In closing I reminded her that we may not be the cheapest, but we guarantee 100% satisfaction, and we do the job right.

    The next day she called, obviously unimpressed with the "other guys" and signed up for the cleanup & weekly service.

    Kinda made me feel good that the lowballers cant win 'em all. And just goes to show that you can't pre-qualify everybody over the phone.

  8. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    That's why you gotta volunteer that info. I understand, you're new at this...
    Just kidding, but i believe in mentioning it if it might make a difference, and you probably would too, if you were.

    PS your profile says 15 years in business, I reckon it needs updating.
  9. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227

    3 dollars differance in the price? man that must have been a life altering decision for that woman huh!
  10. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    U must only do residential, because most commercial customers ask for at least a certificate of insurance for gen liability and workmans comp

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