When you bid / do in estimate / design

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by burnsyscapes, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    So I'm breaking into irrigation this year.

    I took the rain bird academy class in January and learned a hell of a lot. I have done everything in installing an irrigation than installing a full system. I feel pretty confidant in stalling, just not so much on the business side.

    I'm wondering what you guys do when you meet someone to give an estimate, questions you ask. Hidden things to look for when looking at the property.

    When you submit a bid what do you say or have on it?

    Looking for business advice for installing a system.

  2. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Listen to the customer, listen to their needs and put those ahead of your wants. Don't forget Jim's 7 p's.
  3. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    Jim's 7 p's? Anything y'all notice that works better, how you all cover the warranty.

  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,764

    consider preferring the word "guarantee" to the word "warranty" because the latter word may have more legal ramifications in your state
  5. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    planning &
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    Explain the system before you measure and have a price. That way they pay attn.
  7. the irrigator

    the irrigator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Maybe put a clause in your contract about buried utilities. When you call for a mark out they don't cover consumer owned items. It's a good idead to cover yourself on this. I've had homeowners tell me they didn't have any thing buried on their property and guess what?
  8. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,794

    Finish the job even when you are losing money , you will bid a few wrong , then a few more , experience cost time and money , stick with it and stick behind your work Refferals are the best advertising
  9. holmesgts

    holmesgts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I guarantee my work... That means if any fittings or connections come undone in the first year I fix free of charge (never has happened yet) The parts under warranty clocks and valves etc... I will replace but have to charge labor at a reduced rate to cover costs. I didn't make the parts. I try to use only the best stuff (Hunter rotors, rainbird misters, clocks, valves and Meyers pumps) so I'm less likely to have problems.

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