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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Next Project


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-11-2010, 06:50 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default Next Project

Today's project is to remove this asphalt walkway, remove sod from around all trees, shrubs, build three gardens, move shrubs to a new location, plant 32 hedge shrubs and prep the walkway for brick.

The 2520 transports everything removed to a dump trailer, we haul 15,000 pounds per load, hauled two loads today and have one more.

The Hydraulic auger on the excavator sure saves a pile of time drilling holes for the hedge plants, and makes everything neat and tidy.

We use an old Deere edger to cut the sod then a landscape/ditching bucket to lift out the sod.

It was a fun day, hot but fun! Then again when your office is a sand box and playing in the dirt, everyday is awesome! Doing this manually would take the three of us over a week, with the equipment we will be done tomorrow, Friday morning at the latest.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Start.jpg (127.5 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Pavementout.jpg (114.8 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg pavementout2.jpg (129.8 KB, 18 views)
File Type: jpg pavementout3.jpg (262.0 KB, 19 views)
File Type: jpg pathgrade.jpg (134.0 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Edgeeverything.jpg (139.7 KB, 20 views)
File Type: jpg loadsod.jpg (142.4 KB, 23 views)
File Type: jpg drillforhedge.jpg (114.5 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg hedgeplant.jpg (124.1 KB, 29 views)
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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 08-11-2010, 11:24 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 31
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 7
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Someday, ill be calling the local Car supplier for equipment like that.

Nice job man.

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-12-2010, 01:34 AM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 7
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

I hear you on the equipment Andy. Today we laid 150' of water line 3' deep in 2.5 hours. That includes the travel time to load and drive to the site with the ditch witch. Gotta love machinery. Tomorrow we will install the sprinklers and replace the well pump.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-12-2010, 04:28 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Cleaning Doctor View Post
I hear you on the equipment Andy. Today we laid 150' of water line 3' deep in 2.5 hours. That includes the travel time to load and drive to the site with the ditch witch. Gotta love machinery. Tomorrow we will install the sprinklers and replace the well pump.
It's how one makes serious bucks, having the gear. I had a client last night, and I have herd this many times say, You were selected over your competition as you seem to have just about every piece of equipment going. We do have a lot but I like working on volume and having the gear allows us to do what would take manually a week, in a day. And honestly it's so hot here, manual work is a very short day at the moment.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-12-2010, 05:50 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,970
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I had a client last night, and I have herd this many times say, You were selected over your competition as you seem to have just about every piece of equipment going.
Andy,

This is such a great point. Now in this case, when you are out there bidding this job, how is the customer to know you have the equipment to do it? Do you show up with it all on your trailer for the bid? Do you have a photo of your equipment to point out what would be used?

What's the best way to use this as a selling point and be proactive where you tell the customer, you have the equipment and will be able to get the job done for a better price in shorter time than competitors?

Should you use testimonials from other customers to show this off?

Like maybe a photo album in the truck to show the beginning, middle and end of a similar job, so the customer can see you know what you are doing?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 08-12-2010, 04:11 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Andy,

This is such a great point. Now in this case, when you are out there bidding this job, how is the customer to know you have the equipment to do it? Do you show up with it all on your trailer for the bid? Do you have a photo of your equipment to point out what would be used?

What's the best way to use this as a selling point and be proactive where you tell the customer, you have the equipment and will be able to get the job done for a better price in shorter time than competitors?

Should you use testimonials from other customers to show this off?

Like maybe a photo album in the truck to show the beginning, middle and end of a similar job, so the customer can see you know what you are doing?
It's all part of the sales process, I explain every piece of equipment that will be used, if I see other things my typical line is "Don't feel like I have my hand in your wallet however we have the a ............ that would do a fine job at .........and if you are interested it would only cost......."

Many visit my website before I ever meet them, I would guess 70% of our gear is on there, some in action.

I picked up one client here, somehow she found me through this forum, that was two weeks ago, super client! Now that we finished her job, two of her neighbours want their property done similar.

Many times prospects see us at the coffee shop, having lunch, getting gas etc. We are almost always pulling something and it turns into a conversation piece. Then you have clients that we did work for telling their friends.

Finally customers ask, how will you do.........It sends a red flag in my experience to say, we have hard working staff and I will put 4 of my staff here for a week where as I will say two employees and a helper, a whatever excavator, a tractor loader and a a helper, we will be out of your hair in two days.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-12-2010, 11:18 PM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 7
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

I had a friend tell me what he tells his customers when he get done so fast and they ask why he charges what he does. (usually they want a break)

He tells them "You can dig a ditch with a shovel or a backhoe and I prefer to use the backhoe. It gets done faster"
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-13-2010, 04:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,970
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Finally customers ask, how will you do.........It sends a red flag in my experience to say, we have hard working staff and I will put 4 of my staff here for a week where as I will say two employees and a helper, a whatever excavator, a tractor loader and a a helper, we will be out of your hair in two days.
So the quicker the job can be done, in a sense, the better your chances are of selling it? Because the home owner will not want their property to become a construction zone for too long?
__________________
- 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 08-13-2010, 04:30 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

I am seeing this more and more this year and no idea why, "How long will it take", "We do not like work being performed on weekends or evenings", "We want you to complete the job as soon as possible" It's almost like people want more and more privacy, some even ask if we can schedule while they are on holidays. I don't recall this happening last year but this year it has been a comment I have herd quite a few times. The first couple of times I didn't really pay attention, then when I herd it three or four times, I turned it into a closing sales opportunity so now I added "We respect your time and appreciate you do not want a construction zone for a long period, as I explained we have the equipment that will get us out of your hair in ......days."

Same as new services, if I hear it once or twice and it's something we do not do, I explain that but I record it in case we offer this service in the future, if however I keep hearing a question for the same service and it fits within the scope of what we do, I promote it and then get the equipment when the sales are lined up.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-14-2010, 06:42 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,970
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Is it possible, because of the slow down in the economy, more people are spending time at their home over the summer and therefor don't want much of a disturbance?

Maybe if they were going on more vacations, this wouldn't be such a factor?
__________________
- 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
Pond installation bid and job picframer Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 24 05-12-2010 07:06 PM
Garden Project picframer General Talk 8 04-24-2010 06:34 PM
Project Welcome Home Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 4 05-04-2009 10:09 AM
What would be your next project? Steve General Business Discussions 1 09-04-2008 08:01 PM
Project Green Up UnitedEnvironment.com General Business Discussions 6 03-06-2006 10:34 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Today 10:49 PM
by SC93
16 730
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Yesterday 09:38 AM
by SC93
9 171
Newbie
Jhoell
Yesterday 03:28 AM
Yesterday 03:28 AM
by Jhoell
0 36
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,085
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,116
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,022
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
06-24-2016 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
2 1,375
Checmial Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
by acrajchel
0 36
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 278
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-17-2016 08:46 AM
by SGL1
10 369
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,428
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
06-17-2016 06:08 AM
by SGL1
20 830
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 162
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 319
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 310
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
06-16-2016 05:24 PM
by acrajchel
6 423
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 534
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 221
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 349
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,742
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 160
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-14-2016 08:16 AM
by poppyanne
1,252 437,898
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 140
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 496
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 317
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 487
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 766
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 283
» Popular Tags
become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 PM.

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