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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.
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Great questions.
No, I do not pre-qualify! I used to judge but that lost me a few jobs!
Never go by house size, car driven, color, race, religion etc! I have been taken on 2 jobs in my 10 years of business. Both jobs were customers who fit your stereotypical White collard wealthy business person.
A small house should mean to you a smaller mortgage meaning more money to spend on landscape.
A more mid range car should mean smaller or not even having a car payment which equals more money to spend on landscape.



There is such a thing as an intuition (hope I spelled it correctly). And your feeling of a customer should be very important but like I said before, the people I least suspected got me. So the moral of the story, get a good contract in place, get a solid deposit and clearly discuss payment terms before the project. Do not expect the customer to know them because it says so in the contract. Read it to them and explain it to them. Ask them if the understand the payment terms. Ask them if they have questions. Explain to them the payment forms you accept (credit card, check, cash, money order, debit card, gift card etc...)
A customer that typically ask about financing or if you take credit cards generally does not have the money to pay for the project in "liquid assets" or in a checking account. This does not have to be a red flag; however look more into their questioning.
Another key warning sign is a customer tells you how to do a project. This is a typical DIY homeowner. You have to be very upfront and honest with this type of customer. Nicely explain to them that they hired you for your professional services and that is what you are going to deliver. You have developed processes over the years that have proven to be very effective and that is the way that the job will go. Basically you are telling them that if they know so much about this why they donít do it themselves.
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Good points!

What would you suggest is the best way to accept payment on such jobs? How do you break it up? A down payment and then what?
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