Making a good margin on your maintenance work is vital to the success of a lawn maintenance business. If you’re consistently underbidding projects, you’re losing money on the work that you and your crews are performing. And on the other hand, if you’re overbidding work, you’re company is going to price itself out of jobs.
It can be difficult to get an accurate estimate for your work every time. If you mainly work with residential clients, customer’s yards can vary vastly, even if they have a similar square footage of property to mow and maintain. Trees, landscape, walkways, fences, pools and ponds can all complicate things. If you’re working with commercial properties, property managers will likely receive multiple quotes for the work that needs to be performed, so you need to be competitive with your pricing while still ensuring that you can turn a profit.
There are green industry professionals that are able to create an estimate for work seemingly off the top of their heads. They might feel comfortable seeing a property, know their costs well enough and can estimate the total man-hours that would go into the job. That method isn’t always an option and it becomes increasingly difficult when there are obstacles throughout a property and even things such as hills can add difficulty to the work, all reducing the bottom line. Estimating your lawn maintenance work accurately is one of the main components of operating a profitable business. And with the help of technology, you can make sure that you’re creating the most accurate estimates that yield a larger bottom line. Here are three reasons why lawn maintenance businesses need software to assist with estimating.