Michigan Underbidders

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Alpha01, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Alpha01

    Alpha01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Is it just me, or am I having a hard time with aquiring new customers this year? I am being low balled every where i turn. What should I do and how low should I go so that my two crews will stay busy this year?
  2. All_Clear

    All_Clear LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    Good luck... I've been out bid recently for half or less then i'll work for... Guess it all depends on what feeds your family. My biz is not my only income so i don't have to work for free nor will I!

    All Clear
  3. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Big Three layoffs, cut backs and early retirements are putting more mowing outfits on the streets !
  4. B Stove

    B Stove LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    True, but these people have to understand they are killing us with these BS prices!
  5. clcare

    clcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    same on this side of the pond, lowballers everywhere, do to big 3 lay-offs and buy-outs, eg. over 500,000 sq foot property ...my bid just under $500.00... there bid $42.10... lmao i think i will get it when this company goes belly!
  6. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Factor in the invasion from the south and it is happening to all of us.
  7. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    i have about $6000 worth of bids out there for cleanups and mulch, i have a feeling ill only get a couple to signup. in april i think it will pick up....but i did say that about the snow all winter long and it never did
  8. Dhouse

    Dhouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    When you have lawn companies adveritising $15.00 per lawn and $50.00 for cleanups, how can you win?
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    I always read on here, "these people aren't your competition."
    but the facts are, when you are placing a nice ad, and 8 of the other 30 ads say something like, "All lawns cut for $20"... or "you name the price, no reasonable offer refused."... it IS hard to get the calls then.
    So yes, they ARE competition. DUMB competition, but competition nonetheless.
  10. troy03

    troy03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Sorry to hear that happening to you. Im on the west side of the state and haven't had anything like that. There is always those people looking for the cheapest price. The majority of the quotes that we sent out, we were mid to high bid and still signing the majorty of the contracts. Just goes to show that some people still care about quality service.

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