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    hey everyone,
    John down here in FL
    got a few customers that want their
    sprinklers serviced and I have no clue what I should charge.

  • #2
    What kinds of services were they looking for?
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    • #3
      My rates are 35hr but most sprinkler comps are at 40-60hr in Fl.

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      • #4
        What I am looking for is a per zone or per head price

        the current quote is for a 4 zone system.

        1. clean out around, and adjust the heads.

        2. replace any broken heads or heads that are not working due to mature landscape.

        3. and adjust timer.

        anything I'm missing here?

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        • #5
          Cant give you that. One big tree root and you got an hour just digging a hole. One zone could have 5 pop ups while another has 14. One zone might not need anyhing while another needs every head reset and cleaned. Charge them 35-40 to test the system then let us know what you find, maybe then we can help with that type of bidding. Any number I or anyone else gives off this info would be a shot in the dark

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          • #6
            Cant give you that. One big tree root and you got an hour just digging a hole. One zone could have 5 pop ups while another has 14. One zone might not need anyhing while another needs every head reset and cleaned. Charge them 35-40 to test the system then let us know what you find, maybe then we can help with that type of bidding. Any number I or anyone else gives off this info would be a shot in the dark
            CK, I like that plan, do a test fee and then bill hourly + cost of materials from there. Thanks


            Anyone else with suggestions post them up

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            • #7
              Rates in Oklahoma are $65 hr

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              • #8
                My rates are 35hr but most sprinkler
                When you are working on an irrigation system and you tell the customer it is $35 an hour, do they ask for a ballpark on how much it will be total? How do you handle that?

                Cant give you that. One big tree root and you got an hour just digging a hole.
                When does this become a factor? When you are installing or servicing an existing system?
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                • #9
                  If I'm doing sprinkler work it's either a client or a ref so no it's not a problem with an open ended price. I can give you a ball park but like I said you get a head next to an oak tree and that might be an hour. Let me have 4 of those and that round about figure I gave, is out the window and you now look like a theif. As far as un seen trouble... Well they can be anywhere on new or old jobs.

                  If you got a broke wire you might find it in 10min or 3hr. Start digging and find that you got a whole bunch of rock under ground. Now you went from 5min a head to 20min a head. You think the cylinoid is bad and it turns out it needs a valve.

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                  • #10
                    It sounds like a lot can go wrong with irrigation jobs that may not initially look to be the case!

                    Do you have any disaster stories that really taught you a lesson from the experience where you thought it was going to be a simple fix and it turned into a big problem?
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                    • #11
                      Nothin real major with sprinklers but landscaping yes. I did a job this year that included the removal of 2 5x4 portacarpus hedges. I did'nt look at them very close because they are very common so pretty straight forward. Well after we removed the one with out issue and trimmed the limbs on the other it was like being slapped. The trunk was 3ft wide. Never have I pulled a 5ft shrub with a oaktree sized trunk. Needless to say we lost alot of time on that and thus money because I refuse to raise my price because I did'nt pay attention and bid it right. Of coarse the folks I did the job for are contractors for Disney. So me being fair with them has brought me 2 jobs so far on Disney propety. One at the contractors office and on inside Disney.

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                      • #12
                        In such a situation, how would you ever know that could potentially turn out that way?

                        How have you changed or altered your bidding system so as to not repeat such a situation in the future?
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                        • #13
                          Pay better attention. If landscape or sprinklers. When you turn on the water you will see if you got heads close to trees. Once your a few feet from the trunk you may or may not have a problem so best to figure a few in. With landscaping, had I just walked over and looked between the branch's, I would have known the trunk size and what would be needed o tackle that.

                          I usually walk around with a pad of paper and pin and some flags. I like to use a few colors. One color for resetting heads, one for cleaning, one for replacing. Then write down how many of each on the paper per zone with any concerns. You need to walk to each head and not just look across the yard so you can see any leaks

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                          • #14
                            I usually walk around with a pad of paper and pin and some flags. I like to use a few colors. One color for resetting heads, one for cleaning, one for replacing. Then write down how many of each on the paper per zone with any concerns. You need to walk to each head and not just look across the yard so you can see any leaks
                            From there I guess you can present the customer with a list of things that need repair or replacement and then see what they decide to do?
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                            • #15
                              Exactly. Giving a sprinkler bid with out running the system is like giving a maint bid with out looking at the property

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