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 > Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes
Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.

Landscape Install


Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-19-2011, 11:31 AM
CFD192 CFD192 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 7
CFD192 is on a distinguished road
Default Landscape Install

Here is what I have....I have a lady who wants her yard completly redone and uodated. I have a few ideas of what to do. I was wondering if someone had a few common questions to ask the home owner. Do you have certain questions to ask them or not. We asked her if she had any ideas of what she wanted done and she said, " she was kind of leaving that up to us." So with that I was wondering if you hardcore landscapers out there have any common questions you ask on every landscape install? I have done a few smaller jobs and most of the time the customer already knew what they wanted. I just would like to have a few questions to take with me when we meet to go over yard to ask her. So that way, I don't forget something I should have asked about. This job is a big job and I don't want to sound like a fool. Thanks!
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 04-19-2011, 07:50 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Right now it seems you have a wide open starting point.

Do you have any idea in what direction your customer wants to take this?

When she says re-done, does she mean new sod, new trees, a patio, landscape lighting? Are there certain goals she is looking to achieve? What would she like to do with her yard?

Does she have any photos or website images she has seen that she would like re-created on her yard?
__________________
- 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 04-19-2011, 08:35 PM
CFD192 CFD192 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 7
CFD192 is on a distinguished road
Default

all she told me in our phone conversation was "back yard needs some plants or color of some kind." she has a few trees in front and back yard and says they need something done to them, and front yard needs updated. Attached is a photo of property which has plenty of landscaping just not proportional to house in my view!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg cbk.jpg (6.4 KB, 40 views)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-20-2011, 12:48 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CFD192 View Post
Here is what I have....I have a lady who wants her yard completly redone and uodated. I have a few ideas of what to do. I was wondering if someone had a few common questions to ask the home owner. Do you have certain questions to ask them or not. We asked her if she had any ideas of what she wanted done and she said, " she was kind of leaving that up to us." So with that I was wondering if you hardcore landscapers out there have any common questions you ask on every landscape install? I have done a few smaller jobs and most of the time the customer already knew what they wanted. I just would like to have a few questions to take with me when we meet to go over yard to ask her. So that way, I don't forget something I should have asked about. This job is a big job and I don't want to sound like a fool. Thanks!
you need to look at the architecture and show her a couple of plans and see which one she likes, I do minor landscape jobs but i do Garden design i take pictures and i have a program called Realtime Landscaping which is really good i can create a quik design and show it to my clients before we install anything. think about what kind of clors your clients likes, what plants they arleady have and what look they might be going for.

i would ask what mood they want to get when they step outside, in the front i think she wants her Landscape to actually be more attractive... from what i see the front is rather monotonous and im sure she will like it to be more vivid or lively you can add a nice curvy walkway and borders on the side also borders close tot eh side walk but up to the client.

if you don't have a program or can't draw show her pictures and tell her which one she likes the best and go from there...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-20-2011, 12:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

You might want to take a picture of the backyard and then go to your local nursery and look for some plants that would add color to it. Could you then use photoshop and edit the photo to put in some pics of trees or flowers or bushes?

Even if you hand drew it, that might be a great way to experiment with.

Quote:
you need to look at the architecture and show her a couple of plans and see which one she likes
When you show the client a bunch of designs, do they ever just go with one of them or do you find they use it more as a starting point and then look to add or subtract items from the design and go from 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
  #6  
Old 05-04-2013, 10:45 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

the first question to ask is whats the budget ,spending hours dreaming up a fantastic yard will do you no good if she doesnt have the scratch to do it .
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
Sod install job pblawncare Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 04-04-2011 10:30 AM
Sod Install EasyPro Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 6 10-08-2009 08:18 PM
sod install patphish123 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 5 05-05-2009 09:52 PM
landscape install bid FourSeasons Community Assistance 3 11-25-2007 11:30 PM
Can't install Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 02-19-2006 08:38 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Today 11:36 AM
by Steve
5 90
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
Today 11:32 AM
by Steve
8 9,709
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
Today 11:24 AM
by Steve
2 53
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
05-27-2016 12:20 PM
by Wolf4dk
3 9,431
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-26-2016 04:45 PM
by lawngawd7
9 360
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
05-26-2016 04:34 PM
by Crossett73
91 33,747
Hello from Alabama
pruzilla
05-25-2016 01:20 PM
05-26-2016 08:14 AM
by pruzilla
2 69
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
05-23-2016 09:04 AM
05-24-2016 04:08 PM
by Steve
1 87
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
05-23-2016 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 78
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
05-23-2016 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,799
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 96
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 230
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 128
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 207
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 130
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 435,189
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 175
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 161
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 210
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 420
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 181
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 458
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,551
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 168
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 191
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 317
» Popular Tags
advertising 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 free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare 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 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
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:21 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:21 PM.

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