Archive for the 'How to Estimate Jobs' Category

How to bill customers for an annual mowing contract?

Say you have a bunch of weekly or even bi-weekly mowing customers and you want to get them to agree to an annual mowing contract. How do you go about pricing it? How do you charge them? Do you just add the annual mowing total up and divide by 12 months and bill them that [...]

Lawn stopped growing cause of heat. Now what?

Temperatures will change throughout the year. Sometimes you will get a lot of rain and sometimes you will have drought conditions. If there is one thing you can guarantee, the weather will not always be consistent. You can’t change the weather but you can be creative in the services you offer. As we will see [...]

How to get bi-weekly mowing customers to become weekly.

Have you found that the only mowing customers you service are those that want bi-weekly mowing? Do you find it really cuts down on your profits? If so, consider some of these business tactics we learned from The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe utilize a few of these strategies will help you improve your [...]

Tips on mowing pricing.

Does a mowing customer ever counter your price and expect you to do your work for less than you can afford to do it? Do they tease you with the offering of more work in the future if only you give them a discount on a job today? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

How to price a 4 acre mowing job.

Have you ever gotten a call where a homeowner wanted you to bid on mowing a large acreage property? If you have only mowed smaller properties up to that point, you might not know where to begin your pricing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear [...]

Should I drop off commercial lawn care proposals?

Have you seen commercial properties that you would like to bid on but weren’t sure on how to go about it? Have you experimented with various methods only to get no response? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who came up with a novel way to [...]

How to bid a 3/4 acre residential lawn mowing job.

What do you do when you are used to bidding on and mowing lawns no larger than 2,000 sq ft and a potential customer calls to ask you to bid on their 3/4 acre property? How much is the job worth? Should you take it on if you don’t have anything other equipment than a [...]

Best way to remove ground ivy.

Ground Ivy is used in various landscapes for many reasons. The Ivy though has a tendency to envelope everything around it, if it is not managed properly. In this discussion form the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper looking for the best options on how to remove an area covered in [...]

Mowing very tall grass for the city.

If you are new to the lawn care business and are finding it tough to get new customers, one of the things you can do is sign up with your local town to mow overgrown properties when they get complaints. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur [...]

When should you reopen a lawn care contract, midseason?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you landed a mowing contract and sometime mid season, the customer alters their property which then takes more time from you to perform the job you bid on? What do you do in such a situation? That is what one landscaper was curious about in his [...]

How I bid a 35 tree planting job.

You win some jobs and lose some, it’s the nature of the landscaping business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was called on to bid a job that required him to plant 35 trees, which all were in 6.5 gallon containers. Here we see how [...]

Mowing at big chain stores.

You have mowed your share of residential properties. Then you found yourself taking on commercial properties. Wouldn’t the big box stores be the next logical step? Wouldn’t they be the best payers and the customers you would want to grow your lawn care business to the next level? This is a topic we look into [...]

How to deal with weeds and gravel.

In some areas, xeriscaping is very popular as it conserves water usage. When done properly, a yard that is xeriscaped can look fantastic, but it needs to be tended too. If it doesn’t get the care it needs, you are destined to have a property that has a base of gravel and is full of [...]

Lawn spraying business tips.

There is a science to pricing lawn fertilization spraying. If you are just winging your estimates, you could be losing out on a lot of profit per day. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one veteran entrepreneur who has found that spraying more larger lawns at a lower [...]

Way underbid a craigslist lawn care job.

It’s really easy to underbid yard cleanup jobs, especially one time rush jobs as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When you see how badly others can underbid jobs, it can open your eyes to how and why you need to bid more for the jobs you are [...]

New lawn customers want estimates over the phone.

The callers you get when you first are starting your mowing business can be quite frustrating with their demands. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are procedures you should put in place to handle new callers, to guarantee you don’t under bid a job by bidding [...]

Should I mow larger lawns or stick with smaller ones?

It’s hard to turn away paying mowing customers when you get your mowing business started. However you have to take some time and think where you get the biggest return for your investment. If you have smaller equipment, mowing smaller lawns will probably be your focus. On the flip side, if you have larger mowing [...]

Should I offer a warranty on a sod installation?

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who put in a bid to install sod on a property. That is the only part of the situation that appears relatively normal. After that, everything becomes murky. Dealing with an existing client who constantly throws up red flags, to [...]

How to make landscape customers understand man hours?

After reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you will think, surely such a situation didn’t really happen. But it did happen and it happens everyday to new business owners. If you have a landscape cleanup you are working on and you have multiple employees working on the job, don’t let the [...]

Stump grinding and how to charge for the service.

Going from offering lawn care to tree pruning is a relatively small step to take and can be done by most lawn care professionals without too much hassle. But what about when you start getting into removal of tree stumps? What types of issues do you need to be aware of and be concerned about? [...]

How to charge for a steep roof gutter cleaning.

If you are asked to perform a gutter cleaning on a client’s house, sometimes if the roof isn’t too steep, you can use a leaf blower and simply walk the roof line and blow out the leaves. As the roof gets steeper, it gets more difficult to perform this and you need to work from [...]

My first lawn care bidding experience. Shot down.

Is this your first season and are you out looking to get mowing jobs? The first few jobs you bid on are usually the toughest to get because you don’t have the infrastructure in place to properly estimate how much a property should be charged. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

Dealing with low ball lawn care bidders.

How many times has this happened to you? You get a phone call from a potential lawn care customer who wants you to bid on their property. You show up to bid and then never hear anything back from them. Or if you do hear back from them, you find out your price was too [...]

Losing my shirt on a landscape bid.

You can be caught off guard in your landscape bids when you don’t have enough experience bidding and performing the jobs you are asked to do. Sometimes, what seems like a quick and easy job can become a great big time sucker. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from [...]

Lawn irrigation troubleshooting.

There are all sorts of issues you can have with lawn irrigation systems over time. Sprinkler heads won’t pop up. They won’t spray correctly. Then sometimes some of the heads spray but others won’t even pop up. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had a [...]

How to sell and charge for aeration services.

There are only so many times you can mow a lawn per year. That amount of mowings will generate a certain amount of money. Now since you are already at these properties and generating income. It makes sense to try and upsell you customer base on additional service, like for instance, aeration. In this discussion [...]

What I do to take on larger landscape jobs.

You get a call for a job that sounds very enticing. It’s a larger landscape job that you cringe when you think about taking it on alone. Instead of simply turning the job down at first glance, have you considered your options? That is what one landscaper thought about when he wrote on the Gopher [...]

I am finding a market in cleaning rooftop moss.

A big off season money maker for lawn care professionals is fall leaf cleanups and spring yard cleanups. With all those leaves falling on the ground, they can make a yard look like a mess. But what about up above? Roofs and gutters? It might not seem like a perfect add on at first, but [...]

I need help bidding a 2 acre mowing job.

Everyone loves to mow smaller yards. You can get in and out quick and you can make money on a competitive rate. What should you do though if a customer calls and wants you to mow a larger area the size of 2 acres? Is taking on a larger job worthwhile? The answer as we [...]

Lessons learned from a mulch bed installation job.

Every job you perform as a landscaper helps you improve your knowledge base and skill set that you can apply to future jobs. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talks about his latest mulch job. As we will see, smaller areas can be misleading when it comes to estimating [...]