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So, whats the biggest cock up you've made on a quote?

 

So today we turned up to a job we quoted 1.5 years ago (Subsidence case, took ages for them to allow the fell due to TPO) to take down a twin stem Ash. Didn't bother adding the normal 10% as we have worked for him before at other properties.

 

Quoted in Winter 2019 where we had to lower our prices a bit, couldn't fully see the size of the base (Fence covered it and owner decided to go out before our appointment) and was covered in Ivy. Quoted £975 inc VAT estimated it would take a day, be gone by 2pm 1 van of chip, 1 logs. Not great money I know but was a noob back then. 

 

Holy shit, took 1.5hrs to get to Hampstead today, the stems hidden by the Ivy were huge as was the base. Got 50% of the brash down today and some of the front stem. 1 Full van of logs, 1 of chip, going to easily be there another full day, maybe even a third! At least 2 more loads of logs and another for chip 😭 Lots of it needs rigging.

 

Wouldn't dream of saying we need more money, just gotta suck it up I suppose. Not had a bad one like that for a while 

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6 minutes ago, Clutchy said:

So, whats the biggest cock up you've made on a quote?

 

So today we turned up to a job we quoted 1.5 years ago (Subsidence case, took ages for them to allow the fell due to TPO) to take down a twin stem Ash. Didn't bother adding the normal 10% as we have worked for him before at other properties.

 

Quoted in Winter 2019 where we had to lower our prices a bit, couldn't fully see the size of the base (Fence covered it and owner decided to go out before our appointment) and was covered in Ivy. Quoted £975 inc VAT estimated it would take a day, be gone by 2pm 1 van of chip, 1 logs. Not great money I know but was a noob back then. 

 

Holy shit, took 1.5hrs to get to Hampstead today, the stems hidden by the Ivy were huge as was the base. Got 50% of the brash down today and some of the front stem. 1 Full van of logs, 1 of chip, going to easily be there another full day, maybe even a third! At least 2 more loads of logs and another for chip 😭 Lots of it needs rigging.

 

Wouldn't dream of saying we need more money, just gotta suck it up I suppose. Not had a bad one like that for a while 

There was someone on here a while back who quoted to , I think , reduce a long hedge . He got about half of it done and quit I seem to remember . Someone else finished it off . least I think that is how it went .

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2 minutes ago, Stubby said:

There was someone on here a while back who quoted to , I think , reduce a long hedge . He got about half of it done and quit I seem to remember . Someone else finished it off . least I think that is how it went .

I cannot tell you how tempting it was to jump back into the van and go home this morning 

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Conifer hedges can be the worst.

Quoted 1 day on topping out some connies for the mother of the farmer where I had a yard 20 years ago.

 

4 hideous days later I had just about finished, and she still didn’t like it!

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10 minutes ago, Stubby said:

There was someone on here a while back who quoted to , I think , reduce a long hedge . He got about half of it done and quit I seem to remember . Someone else finished it off . least I think that is how it went .

Ben it was,  i think. Sorry Clutchy thats fvvkin eyewatering  🙁 K

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3 minutes ago, Khriss said:

Ben it was,  i think. Sorry Clutchy thats fvvkin eyewatering  🙁 K

I don't need reminding of that.. ☹️

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9 minutes ago, benedmonds said:

I don't need reminding of that.. ☹️

Sorry Ben . 🤥

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Conny has to be the most common price cock up, certainly is for us. 

 

I'm so scared from misjudging the depth/width of them previously and having super long days that I think we now overprice ourselves out of ever winning them! 

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Just now, Clutchy said:

Conny has to be the most common price cock up, certainly is for us. 

 

I'm so scared from misjudging the depth/width of them previously and having super long days that I think we now overprice ourselves out of ever winning them! 

Consider that a win then.

I price for removal/grinding/replacing usually, I only do reductions when I’m short of work, it’s hard, gutty graft.

Still do it though!

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4 minutes ago, Mick Dempsey said:

Consider that a win then.

I price for removal/grinding/replacing usually, I only do reductions when I’m short of work, it’s hard, gutty graft.

Still do it though!

Yeah definitely prefer removals.

 

Especially as customers so often want a 20 meter tall Conifer hedge reduced to 7 meters but 'I still want it to look nice' - well you can't 😂

 

So much chip comes off them as well

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