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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MacLawnCo, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    Guys, with all the whining about low-balling, i though i would share an interesting and refreshing experince that i had this afternoon.

    I had placed a door hanger on my newest clients house 3 weeks ago. The following saturday, i went back in person and talked with the husband and left him my tri-fold. He said his wife is in charge of the contracting and if they needed me, they would call. Low and behold, they called me and we met this afternoon.

    I already have 8 other clients down the street from these guys, so at our meeting, i quoted them $25(my min) for their 8K sqft lawn. Once he heard my quote, he told me "truthfully, you are almost too low. How about we give you $30?" His wife went on to tell me that if i wanted to, i could cut it twice a week in the spring. Last thing they said to me was "If you take care of us, we'll take care of you." I was like...whoa? Did these guys really just fall into my lap? I am beging to realize that things are shaping up beautifully for the years to come.

    I wish you all luck in finding these 1 in 100 type of clients. Work on your public immage and great things will come to you too.
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yeah, those are nice to have. I picked up some scalping accounts for a guy that went out of business. I wrote all his clients a letter that I would scalp at the same price as the previous LCO did. I went and did the first one today. Took me 2 hours and got $300. I have picked up 2 other of his clients. I can only hope that they pay as well, but I have my doubts. Oh yeah, after the guy wrote me the check, he asked is that was enough....hehe....I told him that was fair. Glad to hear some of us are getting the breaks. I love thread of this nature. Always seems to give me extra motivation and hopes of going full time soon.

    Good luck
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Hey, I hate to rain on your parade here but $25 per cut is not all that great for 8K s.f. We get more than that for our little postage stamp 2K s.f. lawns we do. And we've got 8 in a row on some streets too.

    Even your customer is trying to tell you something - YOU'RE CHARGING TOO LITTLE!
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I've had customers offer me more money than what I asked only once or twice in the past. HOWEVER! I have recieved some VERY nice tips in the past couple years.
  5. MacLawn
    Buddy, reread your post. You bring up guys whining about lowballers then you point it out as a positive story when your customer saves you from lowballing? Instead of being happy that the customer gives you an extra $5 on a $25 quote, price it $55 and let them know why you are worth it. (And be sure you are)

    If I'm missing something explain it to me
  6. LawnMowerMan2003

    LawnMowerMan2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 768

    What is scalping? I've never heard of this term before.
  7. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    25$ for a 8 k is a good price around here to many lowballers. I got a 50$ tip for christmas from this doctor guy made me feel great and I was only mowing his rental.
  8. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    I've had two customers do that for me last year. They though I was a tad low so they offered me more with the admonishemnt "Just take care of me!"

    Life is goooooood.

  9. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Cutting bermuda or zoysia at a cutting depth of 1". It's a messy and dirty job and hard on your mowers, but there is a demand for it and it pays well.

  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Glad that things are working out for you. Your price is more then reasonable but if you can make a profit at that price and are fully licensed and insured then go for it.


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