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.

80 Yards of mulch how much would you charge???


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
  #31  
Old 03-18-2013, 02:59 PM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 6
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default

Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a job to the higher bidder. Is this a sign of the economy turning around??? Its good to hear, I am glad that its not always going to the lowest bidder because eventually that bar is set too low and we loose bids.

SECT: 250 Yds WHOA good luck and keep us posted!
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


  #32  
Old 03-18-2013, 03:10 PM
warbuff's Avatar
warbuff warbuff is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 5
warbuff is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FaccLndscpng View Post
Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a job to the higher bidder. Is this a sign of the economy turning around??? Its good to hear, I am glad that its not always going to the lowest bidder because eventually that bar is set too low and we loose bids.

SECT: 250 Yds WHOA good luck and keep us posted!
I don't think the economy is turning around, when I used to bid projects it was against 3 or 4 people (just a couple years ago) Now it seems there are 10-15 competing bids or more.

I've switch it up and instead of competing on price I try to offer the best service/value I want to be in the apples to oranges situation because I can offer more that way and set myself apart.

It doesn't always work out that way but I feel better when it does.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 03-19-2013, 10:30 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:
instead of competing on price I try to offer the best service/value I want to be in the apples to oranges situation because I can offer more that way and set myself apart.
For those looking to do this, what does that involve? How does one market themselves or sell themselves in such a manner?
__________________
- 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
  #34  
Old 03-20-2013, 10:24 AM
warbuff's Avatar
warbuff warbuff is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 5
warbuff is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
For those looking to do this, what does that involve? How does one market themselves or sell themselves in such a manner?
Try to be relaxed and comfortable talking with people. If you can keep the conversation rolling, be professional and on point while showing you have the skill, means and dedication. Doing this will give you a great chance to be considered for the bid. Its not enough to believe in yourself, you have to get the client to believe as well. Confidence, delivery, follow up, professionalism, are all skills you can learn. You will have to apply these skills to make the sale.

I have a few bids out where I know I am not the low bid, this is where apples to oranges come in. You need to show them your the orange; the one giving & doing more. For example, if their curb appeal is very bad right now; Bring up how that will be the first of many things you address when you begin work. Give examples, show a willingness to exceed expectation. Tense is important, don't say if you get the contract. Saying when implies you have a plan, even when you don't.

You have to convey that you are the solution to their problems or the person who will make sure they are addressed and more importantly solved. I like to point out long term solutions to problems and in relation how a long term solutions can facilitate future cost savings.

Task orientation is very important, be clear, stay on task don't jump around from project to project. Can't stress this enough you must be able to deliver what you promise. When you can't show a client your a ability resolve a problem or address their concerns they won't trust you to fix their problems.

Hope this helps

Last edited by warbuff; 03-20-2013 at 10:35 AM. Reason: added more to response
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 03-27-2013, 06:24 PM
GROUNDHAWG GROUNDHAWG is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 2
GROUNDHAWG is on a distinguished road
Default

Figure up your payroll, your cost for the mulch, and then figure what you want to make yourself. Price it right and do it right and something like this could lead to years of work from them. Don't trip over a penny trying to grab a nickel.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 03-28-2013, 06:37 PM
GreenBlue's Avatar
GreenBlue GreenBlue is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 248
Rep Power: 2
GreenBlue is on a distinguished road
Default

Taking all of this to note, as mulching is going to be one of my services to my customers, so much appreciated on all this information.
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
what to charge for laying down mulch Giant Services Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 7 10-08-2012 11:40 PM
Problems with getting yards thenewguy26 Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 14 07-26-2012 11:30 AM
Buying yards madracer3600 Starting a lawn care business. 7 06-11-2012 01:18 PM
Bad Yards andyjoneslawncare General Talk 2 08-18-2009 02:36 AM
new member yards Steve Introduce Yourself 2 01-15-2007 10:48 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Brake job!
kslawn
Today 07:49 AM
Today 05:09 PM
by stevef1201
1 40
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
Today 01:52 PM
Today 05:04 PM
by stevef1201
1 35
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Today 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 317
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
Yesterday 11:30 AM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 92
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 475
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 39
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 53
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 569
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 177
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-28-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
1 98
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
08-28-2014 11:47 AM
by Steve
5 161
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
08-27-2014 10:38 PM
by SGL1
5 164
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,158
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,579
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 466
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 159
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,807
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 245
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 315
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 197
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 171
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 209
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 448
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 712
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 178
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 501
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 484
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 229
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 335
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 247
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,071
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 538
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,629
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 720
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,898
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 337
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 450
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 288
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 560
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 445
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 542
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 590
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 850
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 383
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 449
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 344
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 348
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 693
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,320
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,553
» Popular Tags
4x4 34'' ads apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate butterfly gardens care charge christmas credit card customers exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health hills holiday how much to charge husqvarna hydraulic invoice kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mow mowing mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business new mower podcast promotion push versus ride riding mower scag scag v-ride schedule search engine optimization seo small engine repair starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl top dresser toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree care walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:57 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:57 PM.

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