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Greenery
04-18-2012, 10:23 PM
Hey guys, I ran across a couple of odd things today that I want to get your thoughts on.

I got an email yesterday from a prospective client that was pretty straight forward and normal.

Today I get him on the phone, ask the usual questions one of which is about previous service providers. Then a big red flag goes waving by as he tells me his current guys have yet to make any contact with him regarding this season. He's been happy with their service but it seems they have disapeared on him.

Then he starts going on about references and insurance and experience. Which I think is great, I wish more people would do that. But on the flip side I rarely get asked for references or insurance.

Then he drops the contract bomb, he goes on to say he has his own contract that he wants me to sign.

I do plan on meeting with him tomorrow regardless of the flags but am curious on what you think of the situation.

By the way this is a residential property.
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Mountain Peak
04-18-2012, 11:16 PM
Sounds too hard to do business with. If it were me I'd pass. Wants you to sign his own contract,,,, that's a good one.

n-green
04-19-2012, 07:30 AM
This probably explains why his old guys cancelled him.

RigglePLC
04-19-2012, 05:54 PM
One of the reasons your company does not show up in spring--is that you did not pay them in the fall.
Perhaps if he would email you the contract--then you could look it over--and think about it. Tell him you need to discuss it with your business partner. And get back to him. Ask around about this guy's reputation.

grandview (2006)
04-19-2012, 08:26 PM
Just say no thank you ,politely

Superior L & L
04-19-2012, 09:01 PM
Love to see a copy of contract
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Think Green
04-19-2012, 09:13 PM
A contract is placed to protect you while in business.
A customer has a contract to protect them from unfortunate misleading invoices and overcharges.

I would definitely decline because the contract will only benefit the customer and probably will not be in your favor.

easy-lift guy
04-19-2012, 09:26 PM
Hey guys, I ran across a couple of odd things today that I want to get your thoughts on.

I got an email yesterday from a prospective client that was pretty straight forward and normal.

Today I get him on the phone, ask the usual questions one of which is about previous service providers. Then a big red flag goes waving by as he tells me his current guys have yet to make any contact with him regarding this season. He's been happy with their service but it seems they have disapeared on him.

Then he starts going on about references and insurance and experience. Which I think is great, I wish more people would do that. But on the flip side I rarely get asked for references or insurance.
Then he drops the contract bomb, he goes on to say he has his own contract that he wants me to sign.


I do plan on meeting with him tomorrow regardless of the flags but am curious on what you think of the situation.



By the way this is a residential property.
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Perhaps he has a sence of humor? Call him in the morning and just cancel the appointment, if he ask why let him know you work for yourself and only use your own contract.
easy-lift guy

humble1
04-19-2012, 10:05 PM
I don't do anything without them signing mine, I blame it on insurance regs and state pesticide bureau red tape in case we get audited by our insurance carrier or the pesticide bureau, also how did you make out
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ArTurf
04-19-2012, 10:29 PM
Just for the heck of it get a copy of the contract and let us see it. I would think this is a red flag but approach it with an open mind. I have taken on customers who I thought would be hard to make happy but they actually turned out to be good. On the other hand people with POS yards who I would have thought not picky were the worst. They expected you to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t for nothing.

daveyo
04-20-2012, 09:38 PM
Yea that contract should be interesting, then run my friend as fast as you can, run like the wind and don't look back!

acculawnsystems
04-21-2012, 07:55 AM
I would have the potential customer use the AccuLawn System. This way they can view your estimate immediately along with your terms and conditions and no one wasts time, fuel, man power, etc. It is a very simple way to gain customers. Go to www.acculawnsystems.com to learn more and reserve you zip codes today.

RigglePLC
04-22-2012, 02:58 PM
If you really want his business--look over the contract--and charge him more--for the probable risk of additional call backs. Maybe he was abused by his last lawn company. Too may weeds, grubs, crabgrass and not enough green.

If he wants a money back guarantee--why doesn't he go to TruGreen.

DLCS
04-22-2012, 05:31 PM
At least get a copy of the contract and post it on here. Might be good for a few laughs. :drinkup:

acculawnsystems
10-06-2012, 01:24 PM
You can give instant online quotes using your contract with acculawnsystems.com. Don't get backed in the corner under the clients terms, let the client know that they have to sign up online and agree to your terms before servicing the property. See what the property owner will see at www.acculawncare.com.

Sprinkler Buddy
10-06-2012, 01:32 PM
Ah, the joys of self employment. I would meet with him also just to see his contract. Most likely, I would end up referring him to someone else that isn't as picky as I. The guy that likes to low ball around town, you know the one I'm thinking of. :laugh:

Cadzilla
10-06-2012, 01:34 PM
If he has money to spend, I'd take a look at it.

If here wasn't anything in it I couldn't deliver or anything I would never do then I'd sign contracts like that all day long.

Can't be anything much different than a customer issued commercial contract that we all have signed before.....I assume.

I might ask him to sign my contract too....if he's a dick. lol