"Your price is too high" is a tired old line that your customers have been trained to use to get you, the builder, to pull back on your margins. We have so many builders telling us that they are hearing this feedback from customers, even though they know they have already cut their quote to the bone.
And really - do your clients actually know if your price is too high compared to the market?
It’s likely they have been told by the media, their neighbours, someone at work, their family, whoever, that if they tell you "your price is too high", then you will, in all likelihood, feel obliged to reduce your estimate.
I have a friend who regularly tries this and says he’s surprised how often people will reduce their cost, even the major chain stores. I decided to try it recently at a Rebel Sports store at our local Westfield and they asked me if a $30 discount would be ok. So, I know it works, and I’d recommend it when you are the customer!
Lowering your price to win a job is exactly what most "order takers" will do. However, an educated builder knows better and won’t budge on their price (unless the client changes the job specs).
"Your price is too high" (and that statement can come in a number of different forms) simply means that you have not done your job as a ‘salesperson’. Plain and simple: you have missed some very important steps in the ‘sales process’.
First of all, the number one rule for sales is to ‘qualify’ your prospect. You need to pin down the budget to the point that you know exactly what the customer wants and what they are willing to spend.
To do that, begin with these four essential questions:
- What do you want to do?
- When do you want to do it?
- Who will make the buying decision?
- What does that person(s) want to spend?
If you get the answer to (at least) those four questions, you will be on your way to getting a "yes" much quicker. Sticking to, and getting the answers to, those four questions will help you qualify your prospect and save you a world of pain in wasted time and energy down the track.
Knowing the answer to these questions will take your sales conversion rate from 1 in 6 to 1 in 3 very quickly - without having to lower your margins. Learn the technique, ask the questions, get the answers and watch not only your sales increase, but your profits increase as well.
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