Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum

» Welcome to the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum
View Single Post
  #1  
Old 04-06-2013, 03:45 PM
richvalleylawncare richvalleylawncare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 3
richvalleylawncare is on a distinguished road
Default Does this sound fair?

I am doing a bid for an acquaintance's sister. I have seen her house, and while the lawn size is small (half of the backyard is landscaped, about 5,700sf of lawn), it is mostly hilly.

This is mostly being bid informally through Facebook chat, as that is how she is most comfortable (info from friend.)

After driving by her home, double checking measurements against the county GIS maps, I bid a few different jobs for her. The bids were on the lower end of fair, based upon my expenses and profit needs. I am all for giving her a little break considering she is a relative of a friend, and that she is in a nice neighborhood that I otherwise never knew existed. I figure a few bucks is a small price to pay for 30 minutes of advertising (my truck/trailer) in front of her house per week.

Here is what I sent her:
"I did a quick drive-by today (nobody got hurt!)

My measurements show that 5,660 square feet of mowable yard. With that figure in mind, I created a price sheet for you. Where I had room, I adjusted down for you because you were referred by a friend. This is all a la carte, and if you have other things not listed that you would like a quote on (mulch a bed, for example) please let me know.

Lawn Mowing cost per visit - $35. Includes mowing, trimming edges, and cleanup of clippings off of hard surfaces. Based on weekly mowings.

Bush Trimming - $32. Based on hedge thing by front door assuming a normal growth at trimming. Other bushes will be bid as requested.

Grass Edging - $43.50. One-time charge (if wanted) - free weekly maintenance on edge with weekly mowing service.

Dethatch - $113. Includes dethatching and cleanup of excess thatch. Best results if overseeding at the same time. Once every 2-3 years.

Overseeding - $63.92. This is straight seed and labor. If "starter" fertilizing is requested (highly recommended) then cost would be $92 for both together.

Fertilizer - $42.45. Per application. Typical lawn company does 4 applications per year, University of Minnesota horticulturists recommend 2 applications for established lawns per year, which is what I go by (unless you really want more.)

This is a hard format to send this information in (at least in the little box I am typing in) so if you have any questions please let me know.

Just so you know, this is my business and I pride myself on the quality of work done because it is "my" name on the job. I am not the cheapest guy, nor the most expensive guy in town but you are to expect reliable, quality work.

Thank you for the opportunity to bid for you! Just send me a message or give me a call if you have any other questions."


She replies, "Thanks for the quote! The backyard is actually kinda small we have a landscaped steep hill that takes up a big chunk. $35 may be a bit high?




Here is what I would like to reply with, let me know if it sounds good or not.

"I totally understand your concern. $35 is a competitive quote that I would normally bid on a lot your size, but without all of the landscaping, and that was near perfectly flat.

What kept your bid at that price is that almost the entire yard is hills. I want to be efficient with my time, yet still do a great job. This means that it is going to take more time and effort than a comparable open, flat yard.

Trimming around your landscaping and rocks takes a bit more time and skill to do a quality job versus trimming along an open, straight edge (like a house, or a fence.)

If you have never worked with a lawn service before, here is what you are paying for:

-I am fully insured, meaning that if I cut my foot off on your property, I am covered and don't have to sue you.

-I am also licensed, meaning that if you don't have to worry about me improperly using fertilizer and burning your lawn.

-The main reason that contractors in this industry quit (usually mid-season) is that they don't know their expenses and inadvertently price themselves at a loss. I bid every job with consideration given to my expenses, so I can assure you that I will still be in business through the season.

-I stick to a fairly tight schedule, and would be there roughly the same time every week.

-I can afford to spend a few extra minutes to do a final quality walk to ensure that everything is complete, and that any helper that I had with me did their job properly. I also try to go a little above and beyond what is expected of me: like picking up trash instead of mowing it over; or picking up and rolling up your garden hose instead of mowing around it, as a few examples.

-I have newer, commercial-grade equipment that is regularly maintained to ensure that you are getting a job worth paying for, and that it will be in working condition when I arrive at your house to work.

I am not the cheapest guy in town, yet based upon feedback from my previous customers I am an excellent value.

I can concede to $33/visit, but that is as low as I would feel comfortable working at. It is the equivalent of giving you a free cut at the end of the season.

If this works for you, let me know. I would love to work with you this summer!"

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I usually do this face-to-face, but this is the manner in which she preferred, so I obliged.

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
 
» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
Today 05:06 PM
Today 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 10
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
Today 03:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
11 404
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Today 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 508
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 142
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
Yesterday 03:47 PM
Today 11:55 AM
by Steve
1 58
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 11:47 AM
by Steve
5 129
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 10:38 PM
by SGL1
5 137
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,080
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday 02:00 PM
by stevef1201
6 215
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,486
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 413
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 133
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,759
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 211
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 271
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 157
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 132
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 180
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 418
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 674
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 138
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 467
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 446
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 204
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 301
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 210
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,025
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 513
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,586
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 686
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,861
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 305
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 410
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 259
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 523
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 410
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 513
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 533
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 807
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 353
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 418
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 308
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 312
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 660
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,290
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,516
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 704
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 912
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 650
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,719
Read more about these lawn care business marketing categories.
General Business:
GopherHaul, Podcast
How to Estimate - Services To Offer:
Aeration, Apartment / Condo, bed edging, Color Change Plantings, Dethatching, Edging, Fall Leaf Cleanups, Foreclosed Homes, Gutter Cleaning, Hardscaping, Hedge Trimming, Home Safety Inspection, Irrigation, Landscape Project, Lawn Mower Repair, Mowing, Mulch Jobs, Outdoor decoration, Parking Lot Cleanups, Pet Waste Removal, Pressure Washing, Property Management, Snow plowing, Stump Grinding, Tree Removal
How to Estimate Jobs:
Lawn Care Business:
Barter, Bikini Lawn Care, Business Failure, Business loan, Business Plan, Debt, Debt Collection, Estimate or Proposal Form, Franchise, Fuel surcharge, How to sell, Insurance, Job Tracking, Lawn Care Contract, Lawn Care Customer Survey, Lawn Care Uniform, Lawn Care Videos, Operational Costs, Overhead Costs, Prepay, Pricing, Start up, Tiger Time Lawn Care,
Lawn Care Business Books:
Lawn Care Customers:
Buying customers, Commercial Customers, Customer Retention, How to get, Residential Customers
Lawn Care Employees:
1 Man Lawn Crew, Bonus Pay, training, Your First Employee
lawn care equipment:
bed edger, Lawn Care Truck, Leaf Sweeper, Mower, New Arrival, Trailer, UltraVac
Lawn Care Marketing:
Billboard, Brochure, Business Card, Community Projects To Promote Your Business, Coupons, Cross Promotion / Synergy, Direct Mail, Door hanger, door to door, Free Giveaway Contest, Free Lawn Care Flyer Template, Gift or Discount Cards, home show, Internet, Lawn Care Business Sales Letter, Lawn Care Logo, Lawn Care Marketing, Lawn Care Truck & Trailer Signs, Lawn Care Website, Lawn Signs, Magazine Ad, Magnets, Mailing list, Marketing on Craigslist.com, Newspaper Ads, Parade, Postcards, publicity stunt, Referrals, Review My Lawn Care Marketing Material, t-shirt, Welcoming Kit, Word Of Mouth
Seasonal Promotion Ideas:
4th of July, Armed Forces Day, Christmas, Election Day, Fall, Halloween, Memorial Day, Spring, Summer, Valentine's Day, Veteran's Day, Winter:
Software:
Estimation Software, Landscaper Software, Landscaping Business Software, Landscaping Estimate Software, Landscaping Software, Lawn Care Business Software, Lawn Care Estimating Software, Lawn Care Software, Mowing Software
Uncategorized:
Video:
Website:
Search Engine Optimization
» Lawn Care Business Discussion Categories
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:04 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:04 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy