Overbid ? what would you charge

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by grassworks, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Customer said I was too high and I would have to resubmit to be considered.
    What are other's charging...
    Here are the specs:
    Note * This is a blank canvas , no current beds . Easy access to all areas.
    20 yards soil for bed build up
    Plants -my costs from Nursery ($1078)
    Mulch (hardwood shredded) 12 yards

    My estimate was $4600
    *not including the 2 stone wall accents or annual bed plants

  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,792

    Maybe you were the low bid and the customer is trying to see if you will drop even lower. I never drop my price , you may or may not get this job , there is always more
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    if that is your price ....tell them that.....and go bid the next job....

  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899


    If you're stripping out some sod, etc and doing that kind of install, then I'd say your price is fair. Stick to your guns. You should not expect to get every job.

    Good luck.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    I would not reduce the bid.I do not know all the details
    but what I did figure you don't need to go lower.
    Ask if you can to do the job in phases.

    I worked up the bid at 4766.25

    That did not include the 2 stone wall accents or annual bed plants

    1078.00 for plants
    1617.00 Installation
    345.00 20 yds Topsoil
    862.50 Install topsoil
    252.00 for mulch
    528.00 Install mulch
    83.75 Taxes

  6. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    First, ask him (or her) what he wants to leave out of the design. Chances are, he wants you to do the same work, but for less money. Actually, more work, by making two bids for the same job. He wants you to lowball yourself.

    If it were me, I'd re-submit...with slightly higher prices on materials, and give him a deadline to "lock in the price." This'll let him know that fooling around wasting your time will cost more.
    Also, make sure the customer can't take your design elsewhere, unless you are paid for it.
  7. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    excellent lay out graphics? what did you do that with, what program?
  8. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    I think your price is right on I would not back down! if they want quality work then they will have to pay for it, now if your hungry for the work then try to negotiate the ball is in your court but remember this every time you let your guard down the costumer has the upper hand be careful how you approach it.

    Good Luck!
    I am sure any decision you make will be the right one! :cool2:
  9. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    I'm at $4,400.00 and that doesn't include the stone walls, annual beds or shaping the new beds since I don't the the square footage. If they want cheap let them find someone that will accommodate them.
  10. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Well your about $1000 cheaper than I would have been.


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