low balled!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by acresofgreen, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. acresofgreen

    acresofgreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I have just got extremely low balled. New guy takes a 2 acre property with a pond and a steep ditch and is going to take care of it for $50 per cut as needed no contract and this is a commercial account. Wow, He must like working for Free! Extremely frustrating!
  2. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Idiots. He'll be out soon. He doesn't have a contract so if he's not making much he will quit
  3. doobs41378

    doobs41378 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    What was your price?
  4. acresofgreen

    acresofgreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I did it for 2 years at $150 per cut.
  5. acresofgreen

    acresofgreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    To do it right it took me and a helper an hour and a half.
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,733

    Unfortunately this is the problem with a lot of commercials.... They don't care about "doing it right" they just want it done. I witnessed that first hand today.
  7. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Residentials do the same thing. Don't care what it looks like. Just want the cheapest price.
  8. pythons37

    pythons37 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I don't do this full time and I don't use Commercial Grade equipment. I live in a rural area and don't even bother with developments/subdivisions. I've been called to give estimates and I tell them I don't have the equipment to mow their big and fancy properties. The ones I am comfortable with are the rambling nondescript "yards ". I have been gutted like that a couple of times and it just amazes me. The worst was a 60 dollar quote I lost to someone for 25 dollars. Guess what? It was a commercial. I, too, suffer from doing a good job rather than just cut and screw. There is no answer. Just keep punching.
  9. acresofgreen

    acresofgreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I've found my residential clients will pay for a good quality and usually stick around as long as there treated fairly. Might start to focus on mainly residential next year.
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,400

    The last commercial account I bid on the guy said (in my best oriental accent) ohhhh....dat tooo muchhhh. Give me a heart attack ... I chuckled and told him to have a nice day. You win some, you lose some.

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