Pricing to high?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hexfactor, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. hexfactor

    hexfactor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Im in panama city fl, and a lady called me today to do an estimate for her. I'd say the lot is a little under a 1/2 acre and slammed full of trees and flower beds. Its also got a full privacy fence and sidewalks that will require trimming. Not to mention its a corner lot. I quoted her $65 a cut because of all the trimmer and edger work, and she said shes never been charged more than $50 a cut for that place. This house is in a super nice neighborhood, and by my standards is a mansion (I live in a trailer). Does this sound like to much for the property?
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    There is always someone who will do it cheaper.
  3. vos

    vos LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    like procut said i live in central texas and almost every job i bid for people give me a funny look when i tell them because all of the spanish buisnesses around town keep doing lawns for 10.00 a not being offensive but im curious as to how they do this?
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I have a 1/4 acre lot that I charge $55.00 every two weeks and its like you described.
  5. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    How long ago was she quoted $50.00? Everything has gone up. Why is she shopping for lawn care now? Did the $50.00 LCO go under? Did they do a poor job? Did they raise their price?
  6. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Have someone or call yourself some local competitors and get a quote from them on how much it would cost....explain it well enough they don't have to come out and see the site, and see what they price....find out where you stand in pricing with your competiton
  7. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    I won't give prices out over the phone without looking at it. I can tell if it's a competitor most of the time because they always know the square footage.
  8. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    she either accepts your bid or not.if your gonna worry about price every time some old lady says"i can get it for less"ask her in a nice way why the hell she didn't.
  9. railman

    railman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    from what I've noticed people who lives in big houses usually expect more and think that they don't have to pay as much.
  10. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    He's right.

    I think you're doing the right thing (not the questioning yourself part but your bidding)

    The price you gave her was the fair rate that you want to do business at. It is the price that you have designed around your estimated expenses so that you can turn a profit right?

    So keep with your rates, you will get higher end customers that will appreciate the service of that rate and you'll be happy with the profit you are making from your business. Keep at it.

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