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  • going on my first estimate tonight.

    I have been reading and reading some more on here. After 2 years of thinking about it,I am taking the plunge. I have saved up and purchased all my equipment. I have a 6.5 x10 trailer a 34 in walk behind, trimmer blowers, edgers and hand tools. I am going to do my first estimate tonight after work. Kinda excited and nervous at the same time. Lucky for me its a friend from highschool. Haven't talked to them in years but that business is business. They have a few rental properties as well so many I can venture in that direction as well. I will post how it goes and any questions when I return.

  • #2
    Good luck and be confident! You'll do great! Research is the key to everything.

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    • #3
      That sounds very exciting! Keep us posted on how it all goes.
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      • #4
        Just got home from work, how'd it go with your estimate?

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        • #5
          Well it didn't start out to well. At first all she wanted was a basic mow. That's OK but the lawn looked as if it had never been edged before. So after I offered to edge it for free with a signed seasonal contract she opened up. I left her with a written proposal and a copy of my contract to go over with her husband. Hoping they bite if not oh well. I gave her a bid that was more than fair. The yard was basically flat with only 2 trees. Maybe 40 ft of trimming. I gave her a quote of $35 a now with contract. How was my first bid. Mind you I'm only a 1 man band. Job should take 35/40 min to complete start to finish. One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said? That's foe all your help.

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          • #6
            dang phone. i ment to say Thanks for all the help.

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            • #7
              One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said?
              A problem I ran into last year. And another reason it's hard to sell a contract. I live in an area where [some] lawns legitimately don't need to be mowed for 2-3 weeks at a time in the summer it gets so dry. I guess the solution is to market a way to keep the grass growing. Instead of mowing every week, you should spend the time to water their lawn and fertilize it? They are hiring you to make the lawn look good whether it's mowing or some other method.

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              • #8
                Well it didn't start out to well. At first all she wanted was a basic mow. That's OK but the lawn looked as if it had never been edged before. So after I offered to edge it for free with a signed seasonal contract she opened up. I left her with a written proposal and a copy of my contract to go over with her husband. Hoping they bite if not oh well. I gave her a bid that was more than fair. The yard was basically flat with only 2 trees. Maybe 40 ft of trimming. I gave her a quote of $35 a now with contract. How was my first bid. Mind you I'm only a 1 man band. Job should take 35/40 min to complete start to finish. One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said? That's foe all your help.
                Thats a tough one. All areas are very different. For example, last year the US had a mjor drought....but my area wasn't affected hardly at all. The midwest guys were hurtin pretty bad.

                Some guys on here say they charge for it anyway, and that the customer is paying for a service and basically pay to keep them on your schedule. I've tried it for my area, and all it did was get a few customers pretty mad with me. Here is what I did to supplement it:

                Weekly mowing customers: During the months where the grass is growing fast, quickly cuts will be performed. During the months where the grass slows down, biweekly cuts will be performed.

                Biweekly- Most lawns here can be cut biweekly with no problem. During late fall they will only end up getting cut once depending on the weather.

                Full service- One flat rate. If I show up 1 time or 4 times, its still the same price.

                I have a max number of customers I have in mind each year. Since I work a full time job, I try to cut 3 to 4 lawns a day, and try to fill my schedule Monday-Thursday leaving Friday's open for mulch, shurbs, weeding, etc.

                So for your questions, it depends on how you want to try it. You could try what some do and charge regardless if it needs to be cut, or you can charge it how I do it. The way I do it can be confusing, and is harder work trying to fill slots! But I'd rather keep them happy.

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                • #9
                  Any more updates? Have you done any other quotes?

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                  • #10
                    Been actually busy. They accepted and signed a contract. Started on Monday. While there a lady stopped by as I was edging and asked for a quote. I went by and gave it to her and she declined. Two days later she called and accepted. She has an older guy that mows and he told her he was 2 old to edge and my price was a good one. Went and did a quote to clean out a few beds and replace mulch. Landed that one as well. Going out tonight for a spring cleanup, lawn roll, mulch and now estimate. Hope it keeps rolling like this. I didn't do any favors to myself on my first quote. I was so anxious to land a job that offered free edging if they signed up for a full season. I will NEVER do that again. I doubt it had ever been edged. Oh well I landed another job off it but man that was way to time consuming to give it away. Maybe next time just a discount. Lol.

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                    • #11
                      Been actually busy. They accepted and signed a contract. Started on Monday. While there a lady stopped by as I was edging and asked for a quote. I went by and gave it to her and she declined. Two days later she called and accepted. She has an older guy that mows and he told her he was 2 old to edge and my price was a good one. Went and did a quote to clean out a few beds and replace mulch. Landed that one as well. Going out tonight for a spring cleanup, lawn roll, mulch and now estimate. Hope it keeps rolling like this. I didn't do any favors to myself on my first quote. I was so anxious to land a job that offered free edging if they signed up for a full season. I will NEVER do that again. I doubt it had ever been edged. Oh well I landed another job off it but man that was way to time consuming to give it away. Maybe next time just a discount. Lol.
                      No wonder why you haven't been on here! Busy is a good thing!!! Push some scheduled mowings so you'll stay busy all year! Congrats and keep it going!!! Nice job!

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