Sorry to insult you with my bid!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by delphied, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    Seems that I must be the only guy in town that isnt lowballing. Ive been called to several homes to bid and they are usually 36 to 45. The homeowner steps back with a stunned look. Ive already got 2 guys that only bid 30 they say. One had a bid of 25 that she took of course. These people are calling me because they actually expect me to go lower. Tonight was a 3/4 acre lot that was an easy mow. I bid 36 thinking I was a lowballer and the guy acted offended. He had a 30 bid and was looking for lower. My mower doesnt run for that kind of money. How can anyone make any money with these low bids? I believe these are established operators.
  2. JOEP51

    JOEP51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Why is it in this industry we can't work together and bid what our time and care/dedication is worth? When the tide comes in, all the ships will come in...

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    my over head is less then yours ......................
  4. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Thats not always the case, some LCO will turn & burn for $35 or less, and figure more accounts for less money is the answer. I get calls all the time now for lawn maintenance estimates my response is $50.00 minimal period no haggling. Most cheap lawn maintenance agreements never last, in this economy folks are "window" shopping for lawn care, this is not a "required service" for home ownership is what I told a lady that got upset at my price's.

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    in ohio $50 you would stay home and not work , no way to make that by me .I cant count how many men in trucks mow by me , 100 different ones a day.
  6. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 326

    Call me crazy but that is why I LOVE a drought about every 4 or 5 years. I keep working with maintenance and lowballers can't stay a float they sell there equipment and go out of business. But those that are established can survive.Best time to buy commercial equipment is during a drought. Best time to buy a Snowplow after a horrible snow year.

  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,546

    Same thing in TExas ...only the very high end quality yards get high prices and there is a ton of competition for those also. Most yards are now degraded to $25 and good companies are doing the bulk.
  8. GrasMstr

    GrasMstr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Wow 36 for 3/4. I consistantly get 50-55 for that in our area. Good business practices must allow you to work and make money at that rate. That sure isn't easy money.
  9. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i had a lady call me up for an estimate. yard was about 1/2 acre. i told her 42 with my senior citizens discount. she said can you do it for 35? i said no, 42 is already too low and i would normally charge 50. she said i'll call you tomorrow and let you know. apparently she got it done for 35. i refuse to work for peanuts. the sad thing is i saw who cut it and they have a nice setup. too bad they think lowballing is the answer. if she decides to call me back, the price is now 50 with the discount. :laugh:

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    The city park bid went to one company this year and they were super cheap!! Try $9.88 an acre!

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