on site ph test..what do you charge

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    well I broke down and got an on site ph meter...very slick...impresses the heck out of mr customer. Got it from Kel Instruments. Cost around a $100. I like getting the instant ph reading and so does the cust. Granted it doesn't do a complete soil analysis but most of customers don't really need to know every vitamin deficiency in their soil. So how much would you charge for this test?...I'm using $20 right now...thanks
  2. hoagie

    hoagie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Sounds about right... I have a home test that needs to be mixed w/ distilled water and reagents, so I charge more... $35 per. Just because it's a little time consuming to wash the test vials, mix, break up and dry the soil, ect. If a customer wants a more accurate test w/ lots of details and dosent mind waiting 2wks, they get the lesco test for $45.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I "sell" that service for free.

    It doesn't matter whether I could get 20 bucks or even 50 bucks for it. My feeling is this is one thing I can do that I do not have to make a profit on it. Why?

    Because, I know I am going to "profit" on what I find and what service I am going to recomend. And as I am walking around the property, I'm sure I will be able to find other things to point out to my client that could use some "improvement".

    End of story...just my 2 cents.
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    I can't disagree more. You are missing out on additional sales and your customers are missing out on having their lawns complete nutritional needs known. Too bad.

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