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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

question on estimates


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-23-2003, 12:08 AM
All Green
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I had been wondering if other companies charge for giving estimates. Would it be a good idea to try it if you're schedule is full and you just wanted it to try and weed out customers that aren't serious or are going for the low-ball price?
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 06-23-2003, 08:33 AM
Lawn Magic
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
In a service business, all you have to sell is your time. I have a reasonable idea what my time and expertise is worth in this market and what it takes to retain qualified help. I know what my expenses run and what I have invested**my hourly charges reflect these factors as well. However, some items of my time and my crew's time are not included in the customer's first billing. These are general items that are spread out over many services: Deck cleaning and blade changes, other maintenance, administrative, estimates, etc.
If my schedule is already at capacity, I would just say we are not taking any new customers at this time. If its not full, I would drop nearly everything and get there as soon as possible to get the new client (if they want regular service). We normally would service them right after we agreed on a fair price. Before going, I have a few standard questions I ask that will uncover someone who is just trying to steal our labor. When they say I had a boy who mowed my acre for $20, I would suggest they find someone in their neighborhood who could do it for that or give them an indication of our minumum price or price range. Usually, I can sniff out the ones who are trying to get you to do the work much below market price. We provice top-notch quality of service and consistant reliablity. There is a fair price range for that in this or any other market.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-23-2003, 06:56 PM
Enviro-Lawns
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I thnk it's a bad idea to charge for estimates, even if you could. How many potential customers are going to agree with you coming over to give them an estimate for a fee when they can get any other company to do it for free. Remember that you are making your first impression this way and how will you look next to a competitor doing it for free?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-25-2003, 09:50 PM
1manCrew
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I don't charge for estimates. I don't know any that do, but I am sure they are out there.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-26-2003, 10:57 PM
Yardboy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I totally agree that if you can't handle anymore business then maybe have a friend or someone you know that you can hand the business over to them and then maybe at times you can get business handed to you that way.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
Today 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 862
color fliers?
holymoly
Yesterday 02:32 PM
Yesterday 11:10 PM
by SC93
1 37
lawn care business...
holymoly
Yesterday 02:56 PM
Yesterday 08:18 PM
by holymoly
1 52
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
Yesterday 06:54 PM
by avetslawncare
24 5,451
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
Yesterday 06:51 PM
by avetslawncare
21 759
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 356
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 229
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-17-2015 08:58 PM
by SC93
10 294
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
04-17-2015 08:40 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
53 4,955
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 376
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-17-2015 07:59 PM
by avetslawncare
3 99
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-17-2015 07:27 PM
by biglee
14 396
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 74
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 433
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 392
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,212
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 123
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-16-2015 03:38 PM
by Steve
3 180
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 7,912
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 127
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 154
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,149
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-15-2015 08:35 AM
by Bradcook21
7 839
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 355
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 171
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 206
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 445
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 178
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 382
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 205
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 318
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 815
Landscape Fabric
CurbAppeal1
04-10-2015 03:58 PM
04-13-2015 08:02 AM
by Chilehead
4 264
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
04-12-2015 04:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
17 3,879
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
04-10-2015 12:05 PM
by Just for Cuts
45 2,101
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
03-31-2015 02:57 PM
04-10-2015 11:37 AM
by kslawn
6 460
Do you have medical...
Steve
09-10-2011 11:46 AM
04-10-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
17 5,180
Shopping Centers
avetslawncare
04-07-2015 07:16 PM
04-10-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
7 369
Leaf Vac's?
ABurlison
11-07-2007 10:18 PM
04-10-2015 06:12 AM
by RSE
14 5,677
Grass and Leaf vacuum
captain200
04-07-2015 07:05 PM
04-10-2015 06:02 AM
by RSE
4 327
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
04-10-2015 06:00 AM
by Dan Tanner
19 926
I have a great idea!
biglee
04-05-2015 06:20 PM
04-09-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
4 375
lawn care school
kevinburch48
04-09-2015 09:13 AM
04-09-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
1 239
What do you suggest?
Growing Green
09-20-2011 09:56 AM
04-08-2015 03:09 PM
by Steve
8 3,107
Survey
Ducke
09-20-2011 07:27 PM
04-07-2015 11:33 PM
by SGL1
12 3,427
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
04-07-2015 10:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,245
Avoiding Clients
CHEESE2009
09-08-2011 10:58 PM
04-07-2015 06:05 PM
by GLAN
24 6,388
Mass/New Hampshire...
jcurr33
04-06-2015 09:48 PM
04-07-2015 04:19 PM
by jcurr33
2 275
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
04-07-2015 05:19 AM
by Chilehead
9 801
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
03-29-2015 08:56 PM
04-06-2015 09:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 514
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business past due per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 AM.

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