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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by TuffWork, Feb 2, 2012.


    Messages: 18,668

    It might be a little early for you and a remote. Service is a great way to start. I personally don't think customers should be billed for your learning curve. I gave away a lot of time in the beginning for the opportunity to learn and keep the customer. I know of people though that billed several hours due to incompetence on a job I could knock out in an hour. In most cases finding a valve with a 521 and getting it repaired shouldn't take more than two hours.
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Dude .... at least I don't say "dink" anymore. :laugh:
  3. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    I don't plan to charge for my inexperience. This isn't a 100% new thing to me because I worked for another company when I was young (and because I would occasionally fix stuff if we broke it or it was a family friend, etc.). However, on the bigger stuff I plan on charging just enough to keep me from not wasting my time and not wasting the customer's money. I take it most of you guys almost never do estimates on repairs because you never know what you are gonna uncover? It seems like most people just charge by the hour except when it comes to new installs. Is there any good method to providing a new install estimate? say x dollars per square foot. or maybe linear foot once designed?
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,561

    Buy some marlex ells

    Messages: 18,668

    My two cents".........stick with an hourly rate on repairs. In time you'll develop the experience to give rough estimates.
    I'm assuming you are required to do a design for new installs? For the first few you need to get out a ruler and measure every bit of pipe and every component and get your actual cost then decide on a markup and install price. Whatever you do avoid the temptation to race to the bottom on pricing. Learn the products. Learn what a good system is. Learn to sell it.
  6. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    You dont need a remote, as nice as Pete is... he has gone to the dark side (REP)

    I install hundreds of systems a year, and have never owned a remote.

    You don't need to be bonded until you are into the commercial work... and even then usually you will be working as a sub under the contractors policy.

    DONT BUY CHIT YET! I started with a shovel, truck and milk crates for parts.

    Most of all... God bless your soul... and think of me when you start thinking...OH CRAP
  7. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    DONT CHARGE PER ZONE. Charge by the job, not by the zone. Go ahead and charge full price, just do not charge them for time wasted learning how to do something.

    What are the LI #'s up to now? I saw 19500+ the other day.

    Messages: 18,668

    I'm so wounded...but then again I didn't have a remote either when I did installs. I got one when I became full time service and decided paying some unreliable boring yahoo to stand at the controller was for the birds. When you start thinking about a helper for service work then you need a remote.
  9. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    If I were doing service on large comm. and median type systems a remote would be worth it's weight in gold.
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Gonna study for that test?

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