I hereby nominate Florida...

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Todd73, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,970

    I still base my price on the size of the lawn. Even if they are next to each other. Good for me! For a change. Just like I had driven to them separately. Keep my mininum
     
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  2. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I’m glad you guys separate yourselves from the others. I couldn’t mow a weekly lawn for $16 unless it was the size of a large throw down rug, or took 5 mins tops
     
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  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,970

    Customers hint around. This means you will have 4 customers in this neighborhood. Me: Ya isn't that cool! That's big money right there!:laugh:
     
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 5,925

    I wouldn't even cut it then unless was next to one I am already cutting.
     
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  5. DonaldL

    DonaldL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    We approached a company that we knew of and that some of our friends currently use. It was an open an honest, look, we are coming, it's already in process, I don't want to race anyone to the bottom. We've communicated a number of times on pricing and information in order to try and keep prices up and avoid the low ball stuff that is out there. Could he be feeding us a line and over quoting, sure, but our pricing has gone up significantly this past year and the work keeps coming in. The reality is that there is more than enough work to go around here in Florida and LCOs come and go. If a few can stick together and provide high quality work at equally high prices, the math starts to work in everyone's favor. He also does stuff that we don't do and when one of those add ons comes along we send it his way. We both benefit because he gets some add ons and we got the help we needed with solid pricing - and of course the customer wins too because the add on gets taken care of.

    We bid a job where the other LCO 'stopped showing up' and those always scare me. We looked at it and gave her a price that ended up being about $40 more per month. She then came back and asked about bi-weekly - nope, we don't provide that because it takes too long and is too hard on our equipment. She quickly came back and agreed to the pricing, is a prepaid account, and told us that she agreed because of all the good reviews we have on social media.
     
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  6. rj0530

    rj0530 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    nothing but truth here. Wish we could have an association where we discuss such. With all that said, there is plenty of work and the good news is...the cheap guys fill up quick as they can't possibly be taking on much overall revenues at those prices or the customers arent getting much out of em.
     
  7. doodlebug

    doodlebug LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    The gators aren't really a problem. It's those dang allicrocks that are the problem. They're a cross between an alligator and a crocodile. They have a head on both ends, and can bite you in the arse going and coming!
     
  8. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Yeah F that. Takes longer to unload/load/strap down equipment than to do those type of gigs. My minimum now is $30 but I’m pushing it to $35 next year. People were paying $30 20 years ago when gas was $0.80 a gallon. Fast forward to today and people are still paying those prices. For introductory purposes (I absorbed another companies list) I haven’t made any changes in two years but nows the time.
     
  9. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    100% guarantee they’re garbage. Fancy sign may fool some. And only cuts? It’s better to upsell and do a complete lawn program on fewer lawns then advertise cheap wacks to a ton of small clients. I have seen here 3 LCOs underbid on several properties I have done in the past and they completely screwed it up. And can’t complete the work.
     
  10. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I like this!
     
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