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Did a quote for a customer who has 36K and I was at 180.00, TG.......77.00. Seriously, they are at about $2/K. Ridiculous!!!
Let me tell ya.......beating a TrueGreen bid can be easy. The best way to go about it is to find an ad of their's where they advertise "First application for only $29.95". I take this ad, a similar one from Scott's, and similar ones from several other well-known lawncare outfits and show them to a prospect up front. The fine print usually will read something like, "First application only on lawns up to 5000 square feet. After that, regular rates apply."Did a quote for a customer who has 36K and I was at 180.00, TG.......77.00. Seriously, they are at about $2/K. Ridiculous!!!
Good point. I've spent some time reading both the customer complaints website and the employee complaint website. These guys are worse than if Walmart got into the business. That 36K customer might start freaking during a drought trying to keep it green with his irrigation water. He could easily spend a couple grand trying to keep it green because the grass and the soil are not fed well.And invite them to search for TruGreen complaints online--it will take a few hours. Its OK to mention that they will get many upsell calls from an out of state call center, (aeration, lime, grub control, extra aps number 8 and 9). Don't forget to mention how they never paid social security taxes for myself and most of their employees in 1980. I worked for them for a whole year--and social security shows that I had zero earnings in that year.
Originally from North Royalton, but last lived in Walhaven area of Akron.We're doing fairly well this year. What part of the State are you from?
Typically most of my customers come over from TG and Scotts because the people aren't satisfied. I sell a premium application that is custom blended and very rich. When I ask people if they want a quote and they say if you are competitive with TG we'll listen. I tell them up front that I am always more per app but I will put out double the nutrients in 4 apps then they will do in 6-7. TG had a good year last year because of all the rain and humidity. Even unfertilized yards looked great by the end of the season. If we get some really tough weather (hot and dry) the TG lawns will look like crap again because there isn't anything in the ground to help the plant get through. It just blows my mind that the sales jock in the sweat shop blows it out at $77.00 and leaves the applicator to build his pay based on $77 on 36K. I'd be super pissed!