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Old 02-10-2010, 08:51 AM
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Recently, A prospect replied to my ad on craigslist and wanted an estimate on services. They were a military family that was PCSing to another duty station, but wanted their property spruced up to rent or possibly sell. There yard was a mess and I told them 150.00 for the initial service and 50.00 every two weeks to maintain. I also told her to pressure wash her home, which was 1952 sq ft it would be 196.00 and to pressure wash the 14 x 14 deck 60.00 I called her a couple days later to followup and she stated that she found someone else to do it for allot less. She said they gave her a package deal and will maintain the lawn for 25.00 every two weeks. This was a big yard and for 25.00 Bi-Weekly I didn't see a profit. I thought my prices were reasonable and I stuck to my guns. Does anyone have an opinion or advice?
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Recently, A prospect replied to my ad on craigslist and wanted an estimate on services. They were a military family that was PCSing to another duty station, but wanted their property spruced up to rent or possibly sell. There yard was a mess and I told them 150.00 for the initial service and 50.00 every two weeks to maintain. I also told her to pressure wash her home, which was 1952 sq ft it would be 196.00 and to pressure wash the 14 x 14 deck 60.00 I called her a couple days later to followup and she stated that she found someone else to do it for allot less. She said they gave her a package deal and will maintain the lawn for 25.00 every two weeks. This was a big yard and for 25.00 Bi-Weekly I didn't see a profit. I thought my prices were reasonable and I stuck to my guns. Does anyone have an opinion or advice?
What do you expect from Craigslist!
Nothing but lowballers dealing with other lowballers.
I dought if that guy is a legit business to maintain that property for $12.50 per week. Forget about both of them and move on. Keep sticking to your guns on pricing and never get caught up in the bidding war with low ballers.
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What do you expect from Craigslist!
Nothing but lowballers dealing with other lowballers.
I dought if that guy is a legit business to maintain that property for $12.50 per week. Forget about both of them and move on. Keep sticking to your guns on pricing and never get caught up in the bidding war with low ballers.
Although I am not all that familiar with Craiglist we have something similar here in Canada, I steer clear of it as the company has bills to pay and must make a profit, if someone wants to work for next to nothing or loose money, more power to them. I have to think you get what you pay for, drive by in a couple of weeks and see what kind of quality that the other company did, you might still receive a call but your prices seem reasonable.
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I agree with the others. I have to say, if the other company or (idiot) wants to loose money, don't get in their way! Like Andy said, in a few weeks after service starts, drive by and see what it looks like. I have to wonder though, will the customer be there to see how shabby their yard will look with the poor work quality that they choice of property care taker will provide?
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I really want to thank everyone for their response and I have really been encouraged by your responses.
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I really want to thank everyone for their response and I have really been encouraged by your responses.
I don't think there is one of us that likes to miss an opportunity but I got it through my thick skull a long time ago opportunity and profit go hand in hand, sometimes we just have to walk away, head high and carry on. There will always be more fish to catch.
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Well, my point of view is that you can't make every sale. There are some sales you don't want to make.

I am thinking that since this client came from craigslist, it's quite possible they were solely focused on price and nothing else. Have you found this to be the case with other clients you have found from that site?

They were also not going to be there long it seems so they wouldn't be a long term customer.

Also why did they want service ever two weeks vs weekly?
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Hi Steve, I wanted to let you know that I ordered the gopher lawn care software and it has helped my business tremendously. The customers here in Fayetteville, NC basically like service every two weeks. I have only one customer that I service weekly. That was the only hit I had from craigslist which I posted it in January. I really love this forum.

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I just want to say hi Winkie. I also am from NC. Not to far from where you are. Like eveyone else says, stick to your guns. I lost a lawn last year to a lowballer in a very wealthy area that we serve. I felt like it was something that I did or didnt do, but it wasnt. Like Steve said, you cant make every sale. Good luck this season.
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I just want to say hi Winkie. I also am from NC.
Do you run into a similar situation where your customers only want their lawn cut twice a month? How do you deal with this?

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As you look back on this now and reflect on it, what do you think of that experience? What do you think you learned from it to make your company better in the future?
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