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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

New Video for my site


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-07-2011, 03:06 PM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default New Video for my site

http://www.youtube.com/user/upscalel.../1/tbg8rPhucYc

Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 01-09-2011, 01:52 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is a fantastic job! When you were initially contacted for that job, did the customer have any idea on what they wanted or did you have to present them with a number of ideas before they chose this one?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default

They had an idea of square footage desired and I shape, thats about it. I had to go in and measure for wall as the land sloped considerably. We drew up a plan and figured materials and costs for an estimate. I think, as I remember correctly, that it was 400sq. pavers and around 400sq on the retaining wall?? On this job I used Techo-bloc, but now use primarily Cambridge Pavers. Their specs and Armortec pavers are the best in the business, I think.

$18K for entire job, I think?? Without looking.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-11-2011, 06:55 PM
Growing Green Growing Green is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 323
Rep Power: 0
Growing Green is on a distinguished road
Default

How long did it take you to complete this project?

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-11-2011, 07:41 PM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default

Without looking at my notes, 10-15 work days/2guys start to finish.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-12-2011, 02:13 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is amazing!

What is your suggestion on how best to go into such an estimate, do you feel you need to ask the customer what they are looking to spend first or is it more important to know the size of the area they want first? Or maybe something else?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-12-2011, 06:43 AM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default

That all comes out in the flow of the initial conversation. Some people let you know some people have now idea what the costs will be. So you just ask what they are hoping to spend and what they hope to accomplish in a design. Then go from there.

Hint: Always make sure the wife is involved in the conversation because they make the ultimate buying decision.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-13-2011, 01:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think a lot of newer business owners tend to have big difficulties in how the bid is presented.

For such jobs, do you suggest sitting there with the client and creating a hand drawing on the spot for them to see?

Then to you figure out how much material and calculate the amount of man hours you feel the job will take and present the customer with a bid right there on the spot?

Also, do you have any thoughts about leaving a design with a customer? Should you or should you not because it could allow them to more easily price shop a bid on the work you already put into the drawing?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-13-2011, 12:14 PM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Thumbs up

That is the best question I have had to respond to yet:

I will sometimes draw a sketch on site. So there aren't any questions on layout
In regards to giving a price on site, everyone asks a ballpark cost, but I don't give one. I usually tell them that I have to get prices. Furthermore when you are looking at Pavers there are so many different varieties with many different costs.

I bring a case with samples, poly sand colors, a piece of snap edge and a Cambridge catalog. Try to get as much info. as possible on what Paver they like and then go from there. Get square footage, layout of property, how much base and fill will be needed and then go to work on a price.

Call them back within 2 days or less. Send a card thanking them for their time, (this builds loyalty) and then get back in front of them.

I have a lifetime, transferable guarantee on my work. If it fails, I fix it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-14-2011, 01:50 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Call them back within 2 days or less. Send a card thanking them for their time, (this builds loyalty) and then get back in front of them.
So would you suggest getting them a price on the job within 2 days? When you say call them back, should the price be given over the phone or in person?

How many days after they get the bid, do you suggest sending out a thank you card?

Also, I think a lot of times, when a bid fails, it has a bit to do with having no follow up. What's your view on the best way to follow up on a bid to hear what the customer is thinking? Or should this all be done when you are presenting the bid to the customer and try to get them to sign on right then and there?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Video for Customers CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 9 07-22-2010 03:11 PM
Trying a video makbootzy GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 7 04-25-2008 11:19 PM
Where is the video of this? Steve General Talk 0 12-22-2007 08:28 AM
New Video Site tiedeman General Talk 9 07-10-2007 08:17 PM
Joe put together this video of his lco Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 06-28-2007 06:06 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
Today 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 411
Hello
jawnebgoode
Today 08:37 PM
Today 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 5
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
Today 05:06 PM
Today 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 25
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Today 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 513
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 145
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
Yesterday 03:47 PM
Today 11:55 AM
by Steve
1 60
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 11:47 AM
by Steve
5 132
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 10:38 PM
by SGL1
5 139
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,085
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday 02:00 PM
by stevef1201
6 221
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,491
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 419
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 135
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,764
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 213
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 278
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 161
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 136
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 182
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 422
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 677
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 141
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 473
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 449
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
4 303
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 214
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,030
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 519
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,589
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 689
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,863
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 306
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 413
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 262
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 525
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 415
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
6 538
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 810
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 357
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 420
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 310
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 314
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 662
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,293
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,518
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 706
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 916
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 655
» Popular Tags
apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate care charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ecosymbiosis escrow estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hardscapes hills holiday holiday lighting honda how much to charge introduction kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf removal managing a lawn care business marketing native plants new buisness new mower online classifieds outdoor environments podcast push versus ride redmax reo rotating scag search engine optimization season seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl toro tractor auger turfgrass consulting walker wright stander rh zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:55 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:55 PM.

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