Where would you be?

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by Don M., Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Don M.

    Don M. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I bid this job at 785. 160' of C7 LED, take down, timer, and cords. Everything. I was told I was too high. They only want to spend $500.


    That 160' is the entire roof line. I'm trying to be real competetive this year. I know I can generate the leads, but closing them has been tough.

  2. FullBlast

    FullBlast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    Yea well you will always have cheapos. Don't know much about this field but as you can see I am reading about it.

    Good luck with your year!!
  3. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 569

    160 LF of LED, sounds to me like it is way to cheap!!
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    Selling the lights or renting?

    And I can tell you from experience, you will always get those that say "I thought it would only be xxx" or "we only wanted to spend xxx" even after you give them the minimum on the phone. Frustrating but stick to your minimum. I am still trying to figure out how to get away from the jobs we sold before we had a minimum. You CANNOT make money doing jobs for 500 I can tell you that much.
  5. Birchwood

    Birchwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Looks like you are in the ballpark, roof line is straight forward, not too many cuts. Five hundred is not enough, you should have $250 in material tops and half day of labor. Offer some sort of wreath at a discounted price, and maybe they will bite.

    elves and company
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    I would be at 1180 for LED, 1020 for incan. I would have well over 250 in materials for LED and quite a bit over 250 in labor and overhead recovery for 2 guys for a morning. and on top of that, you would have probably 2 guys for 2 hours to takedown and store it at your warehouse. so that is more money out as well. to pay yourself as a sales person and have profits to capitalize your business growth, you can't be much lower than where you are. It is frustrating to have folks want to spend 500 and you need 1000, but keep at it. you should close maybe 1 out of 4 or 5 bids the first year you do this. after 3-5 years you wil close closer to 35-40%.
  7. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    We are at $960 for LED. About $675 next year if they pre-pay.
  8. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    I forgot to mention, In year 2 we are at 510 with no discounts.
  9. Tq23

    Tq23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    Your price is not too high, the customers expectations were too low

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