Archive for the 'How to Estimate - Services To Offer' Category

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 [...]

Why won’t my bermuda grass germinate?

So many things can go wrong when you are trying to perform a lawn renovation. You are probably starting with a lawn that has weeds or has issues in the first place, Next you have to get rid of the weeds, treat the soil to get it to where you need it to be for [...]

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 [...]

Thinking about adding home improvement services as well.

Lawn care businesses quite often hire employees that are skilled in various trades. Sometimes they are out of work carpenters or painters. What should you do if your company has these skilled employees to better utilize their skill set? Should you test out offering various services outside of your core competency? That is what one [...]

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 [...]

Should you be charging for soil tests?

If you are looking for a way to improve your sales presentation to a new potential lawn care customer and would also like to add a new service, why not consider soil testing? There are different levels of complexity you can perform with your soil tests that can really help you find out what a [...]

Bidding a garden rototilling job.

If you find yourself being asked to bid a rototilling job on a garden bed and don’t know where to start when it comes to pricing, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one entrepreneur talks about what he bid the tilling job at and how he came up with [...]

Mulch job pricing can be cutthroat!

Estimates to install mulch in beds can vary quite a bit depending on multiple factors. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to hear from a few different business owners in different stages of growth and hear how they price jobs and how to deal with the cutthroat nature of [...]

Help bidding lawn mowing on multiple realtor properties.

Small lawn care companies, at times, may come upon large bidding opportunities through social connections they have or have made. Such opportunities can be a blessing or a curse. If you improperly bid the jobs, you could lose money on them and end up paying to work. If you bid too high, you risk losing [...]

Underbid my first lawn mowing bid.

There are a few things most new lawn care business owners do when they get started that really negatively impact their bottom line. The first thing they do is they underestimate the amount of time they will need to complete a job and follow up by underestimating the amount of money they need to charge [...]

Installing mulch beds and lawn mowing.

It’s not an easy step to take going from simply lawn mowing to providing landscaping services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple business owners on how they handle the difficulty of scheduling landscaping jobs around their weekly mowing customers. With the right time management strategy, you can [...]

Dealing with a lawn care customer who has 6 dogs!

Some lawn care customers you just can’t ever please. For what ever reason, some people will come up with the most insane requests. Maybe they do it just to see how far they can push you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was dealing with [...]

How to speed up the process of picking up acorns and twigs.

Have you ever tried to perform a fall leaf cleanup service on a property with a lot of oak trees? With a leaf blower, you will probably only be able to clear out all the leaves and then you may find yourself still having to deal with acorns, twigs and branches. A member of the [...]

How I underbid a hedge removal job.

It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

1.5 acre commercial lawn care bid.

It can be difficult to scale up your lawn care estimating ability from working on smaller postage stamp size residential properties to larger acreage commercial properties. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how much time it will take him to [...]

Should I take this lawn mowing job in the run down part of town?

Most every town has a nicer area and a rougher area. Nice lawns tend to be owned by people who care about what their property looks like and are willing to pay for lawn service. But what about those lawns in run down areas? Are they worth taking on? That is what one entrepreneur wanted [...]

I use google earth to bid lawn care jobs.

We ll try to save time in all the processes we do throughout the day. How can we schedule our mowing routes to make distances shorter between customers. What equipment can we get to speed our mowing times. What lawn care software can we use to improve our billing speeds. Then when it comes to [...]

I need help with a huge hedge trimming bid.

The lure of a few hundred dollars can at times tempt the newer lawn care business owner into jobs that they may not have the ability to perform. So before you take on a larger job that is outside your normal scope of operation consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where [...]

Pulling money out of the ground with aeration.

Anytime you are thinking about buying more lawn care equipment, you need to ask yourself if you can justify the cost. Will you make your money back from the machine and then some? Or will it sit there in your garage and barely ever be used? That is the discussion we had on the Gopher [...]

Scheduled my first mowing customer!

There is a lot of prep work and planning that goes into getting a lawn care business started. It can take quite a bit of time and money to be ready for your first mowing customer. Then all of a sudden, with the proper mixture of preparedness, know how, and equipment, you land your first [...]

Lawn care customers are restricting my income.

It’s relatively easy to paint yourself into a corner when it comes to the way you run your business. If you have done things one way for a while or only see things one way for too long, you may feel you only have one option. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Some mowing customer just suck the life out of me.

Some new callers will really put you to the test. They will try your patience and press every button you have. Some of your current customer base will do this too from time to time. How you handle it can make the difference between making money from them or not as we will see from [...]

Incoming Call Sheet for Lawn Care Estimates and Jobs.

It’s easier in the early stages of your lawn care business to not have to keep detailed records. Sure you might remember your mowing schedule in your head. Keep a listing of a few phone numbers in your phone and run everything else on post it notes as new calls come in. At some point, [...]

Why don’t callers leave their address?

Do you have pet peeves about the different things new customers do when they call you? What about when they call and ask for an estimate but don’t tell you their address? Such callers can set into motion a chain of events that involves multiple phone calls back and forth until an address can be [...]