Jerk charges $17.50 weekly

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn Neophyte, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    There's a guy in my neighborhood charging $17.50 a week for mowing, trimming, edging, and blowing.

    He has some commercial props, which allows him to lowball guys like me. I charge anywhere between $25 to $30 weekly. This jerk makes me look expensive.

    What can I do to destroy him :gunsfirin
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    go to $16.50 a week.
  3. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    i was thinking more like $ 15.50 :laugh:
  4. Turfrific

    Turfrific LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    he won't last long at those prices, let time get him.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,155

    Does this guy drive a Crapsman?
    Does he load his mower in the back of his private passenger car?

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Lowball his price,every one else does...
  7. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    for 17.50, he's gonna blitz these lawns.... most likely break every sprinkler on the property... cut corners to make money with the gas expense, his quality will dwindle.... and he'll start to lose customers....

    don't sweat it..... just focus on yourself....
  8. Dave_005

    Dave_005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    Don't worry about him, at $17.50 a week he cannot last long, between gas and wear on the equipment he's already losing money. Just Stick to Your price and let your work speak for you. There is ALWAYS Pleanty of work for those who do Quality work, and those lowballers actually help to generate more work for the rest of us, since they never last long then the customer looks for someone to do the job right.
  9. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    He owns commercial equipment. He even does some comm props.
  10. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Doing commercial properties isn't some big achievement. I have seen purely lowballing scrubs "maintain" commercial properties. In fact I see it every day. Only places that like a really well manicured landscape will pay for professional attention.

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