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 > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Was my bid to high or was I LOWBALLED!!!!


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 03-18-2011, 04:38 PM
lxarth lxarth is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 137
Rep Power: 5
lxarth is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm not really sure how long you think you will spend on each item, and I have often just flat rated trimming some bushes, while at other times just doing a lot of work and billing the customer. That really only works for existing customers though.

As for the mulch cost, you could have tried to sell her on a different mulch, and explain that it would be a lot less expensive because you can get that in bulk.

I'm a little confused about how you price it out too. You raise the cost per bag, and then also double it to cover your labor?

Why not just have a set delivery fee. Charge her per bag, as normal, tack on some extra because you have to pick it up, and then add on your labor cost.

You did say 1.5-2 hours...so I'm assuming 3-4 man hours. Which is just over $50 per man hour?

I recently had a customer go with someone else for lawn service because they were cheaper. She called me a month later and said that the other guy didn't work out, and wanted to hire me. Moving too much on your price isn't always a good idea.

If you do quality work, are fair and honest, then people have to expect to pay for that. I talk to so many people who think that I should be working for $10 an hour...Sorry people, just because I'm the owner doesn't mean I get to pocket all that money.
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


  #12  
Old 03-19-2011, 04:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
I recently had a customer go with someone else for lawn service because they were cheaper. She called me a month later and said that the other guy didn't work out, and wanted to hire me. Moving too much on your price isn't always a good idea.
When you say moving too much on your price, can you tell us more of what you mean? Are you saying you should stick with your price? Or 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
  #13  
Old 03-22-2011, 02:19 AM
winkie61 winkie61 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fayetteville,NC
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 5
winkie61 is on a distinguished road
Smile

Steve, sorry for just now getting back to you, but I've been very busy with some other landscaping jobs for some real estate investors who are flipping houses. I charge them using the same methods and they have no problem with my prices as they have stated they are very pleased with the jobs that I have done for them. I've done about six lawn and landscaping jobs for them averaging between 600.00 - 900.00 The answer to your question is that I do lawn service for no less than 50.00 an hour and I pay my worker 10.00 per yard. On the average I can be in and out of a yard between 20 - 45 mins. I think that if I'm doing a lanscaping job that I should try to make 50.00 per man hour. I have read this in other forums and on this one also from other LCO'S
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-22-2011, 11:47 PM
lxarth lxarth is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 137
Rep Power: 5
lxarth is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
When you say moving too much on your price, can you tell us more of what you mean? Are you saying you should stick with your price? Or something else?
What I mean, is that sometimes people ask for a lower price just to see if they can get it, not because they actually feel you are over-priced.

I had someone say that they can get the job done for cheaper, and so I tell them to give me a call if it doesn't work out.

I've also way over-bid jobs before, but it's no biggie, I'm still learning stuff too.

But I think that if you, the business, feel that the price is right and fair, you should stick too it. Customer all too often want high quality work for a low rate.

I have allowed for some negotiating with my customers, but not much. Like I had one customer ask that if they sign up for full-service, if I will just make sure to patch-up the mole hills that come around. That's didn't seem to big of a requests, so I agreed. I have a check in the mail from this customer on the 1st of every month.

@winkie61: That's awesome! Seems like you prices are good then, and obviously your work ethic and quality is great! Good job on getting that account.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-23-2011, 12:10 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I had someone say that they can get the job done for cheaper, and so I tell them to give me a call if it doesn't work out.
It seems like a friendly way to leave the door open. Do you ever have any of them call back? Or maybe change their mind on the spot and decide to go with you?
__________________
- 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
just want to say high fatboy1450 Introduce Yourself 2 01-05-2011 05:44 PM
Getting high end customers Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 9 08-14-2010 09:30 AM
High Points StartALawnCareBusiness HardcoreUnemployable.com 6 08-11-2008 07:05 PM
High Gas Prices TnT Outdoor ervices General Business Discussions 3 05-15-2008 06:46 PM
Some high res. fills for the backgrounds AMW Graphics Truck & Trailer Sign Design, silk screened apparel & uniform discussion 1 09-26-2007 12:14 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 02:27 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
119 8,088
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Today 01:00 PM
by Matther777
7 246
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 814
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Yesterday 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 979
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,336
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
Yesterday 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 324
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,739
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 179
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 434
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 902
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 259
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 618
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 407
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-16-2014 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 418
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,189
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,865
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,084
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 770
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 373
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 443
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 409
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 389
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,085
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 862
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 996
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 358
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 285
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,773
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 616
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,255
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,268
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 781
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,525
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,007
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,603
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 485
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,224
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,301
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 688
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 982
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,772
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,066
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 672
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 614
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 715
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 726
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 980
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,050
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 963
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 875
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex auger birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections credit card processing customers decorating ditches exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business holiday lighting how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kansas city kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax rotating running a business savannah scag season seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:36 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:36 PM.

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