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Old 01-08-2013, 01:18 PM
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Let's Make a List....

It is often discussed on this site and in the industry in general how frustrating it is to compete with illegitimate businesses - illegal citizens, uninsured, non-tax paying, no worker's comp, etc...

So let's make a collective list of all of the reasons why as a home owner (or anyone looking to hire a lawn & landscape company) should NOT hire someone like this....

The reason this list will be helpful is simple - if you are armed with a well-thought out list of why someone should NEVER hire an unprofessional/illegitimate business you will be able to educate your prospects and make them recognize the pitfalls and liabilities if in fact they do go the "illegal route"....
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:42 PM
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Great thread!
How about: it's a liability. Uninsured and uneducated people put the homeowner and their property at greater risk.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:25 PM
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I'm curious to see what people come up with on this list.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:42 PM
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Great thread!
How about: it's a liability. Uninsured and uneducated people put the homeowner and their property at greater risk.
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Liability for the homeowner, damage to there property and no insurance. Uninsured guy gets hurt at there house and sues the homeowner. Also the homeowner has to pay taxs out of there hard earned money, I wouldn't want to pay somebody that wasn't paying taxes. Plus these guys aren't in it for the long haul anyway and that's not best for service to the homeowner in the future. But honestly those guys don't bother me personally I haven't seen them effect me yet.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:53 PM
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Liability for the homeowner, damage to there property and no insurance. Uninsured guy gets hurt at there house and sues the homeowner. Also the homeowner has to pay taxs out of there hard earned money, I wouldn't want to pay somebody that wasn't paying taxes. Plus these guys aren't in it for the long haul anyway and that's not best for service to the homeowner in the future. But honestly those guys don't bother me personally I haven't seen them effect me yet.
I have homeowners insurance. The truth about business liability insurance is that it protects the business owner and not the homeowner. I have no idea if my lawn guy is insured and I really don't care. I don't know if you are insured for certain unless I am named on the policy.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:08 PM
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I have homeowners insurance. The truth about business liability insurance is that it protects the business owner and not the homeowner. I have no idea if my lawn guy is insured and I really don't care. I don't know if you are insured for certain unless I am named on the policy.
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Please tell me this is sarcasm. If that uninsured lawn guy breaks his leg mowing your lawn, or shoots a rock at your neighbors kid who do you think is getting the bill?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:58 PM
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Please tell me this is sarcasm. If that uninsured lawn guy breaks his leg mowing your lawn, or shoots a rock at your neighbors kid who do you think is getting the bill?
He had to be sarcastic no homeowner on this site would have 3800 posts.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:47 PM
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Please tell me this is sarcasm. If that uninsured lawn guy breaks his leg mowing your lawn, or shoots a rock at your neighbors kid who do you think is getting the bill?
I am not being sarcastic. I am getting sued when the rock hits the neighbors kid whether my lawn care provider has insurance or not. YOUR insurance protects YOU from loss. MINE protects ME.

I service swimming pools and indeed I do have insurance...to protect me and my family. I also have homeowners insurance in case something happens at home...to protect me and my family.

Back to the original question.

Dependability
Lasting working relationship
Industry knowledge
Protect customers investment (landscapes or swimming pools in my case are not chea
Trustworthy employees

These are a few of the reasons to choose me over a low baller.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:34 PM
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Unpatriotic! We always cry about the G supporting other countries. It should start from within as well.
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