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Old 08-20-2014, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by whiffyspark View Post
What exactly can you "fix" when it comes to cutting grass?
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You would be surprised. Cutting the lawn too short, scalping the trimming areas, not trimming some areas, or not showing up. I wasn't just referring to mowing. I have had several landscaping jobs like this. People trim down the weeds and throw mulch over the weeds and a month later the person wonders why there are so many weeds.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:41 PM
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Certain types of people, especially foreign people want/expect everything to be dirt cheap or free. I tend to stay away form them so I don't run into this problem.

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Old 08-20-2014, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by chefj View Post
This was my response. I didn't want to post it earlier, but oh well. Not the most "customer friendly" response, but at this point I couldn't care less...

"Legitimate companies will not stop their truck for less than $35 per visit. $45 per month wouldn't be worth the wear and year on professional equipment.

Good luck with your lawn if you're budget is set that low."
Our min. for cutting is $50
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:02 PM
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Our min. for cutting is $50
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Sounds like you live in a VERY good market area and I need to move there ASAP. I have four LCO's that live on MY street, and one on the next street.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Cedar Lawn Care View Post
80/month is only sometimes accurate. Some months will be 120. Don't forget there are 4.3 weeks/month. I had a nice back and forth with one of my clients a few weeks ago. She said she wasn't going to pay for 3 mowings per month because she told me to mow bi-weekly. I felt stupid for her when I explained that some months have more than 28 days.
I always hate this conversation. ^
I've been up selling to every 10 days instead of biweekly. Some people hate how chaotic it can't make their schedule, but it's mostly only small lawns in my direct service area. It's easier than dealing with high grass and idiots complaining.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:27 PM
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Lots of true stories in this thread. Most people are cheap. When I get people like that where we aren't even in the same universe as far as price, I just say thanks for considering me and walk away. There is no convincing people like that.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:36 AM
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Stand firm on your price or just get a feel for the person coming into the situation. If they want a break down for each and every thing then they are going to try to haggle you. Just up the price and let them talk you down to your normal price. It makes them feel in control.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:13 AM
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I charge a minimum price to show up at a job in which prices only go up from. It helps weed out the cheap customers over the phone before I waste time going to look at their job... Ive had a few customers say "well the last guy did it for $40" my response was well why are you looking for a new company? " the last guy went out of business" then my response is well I don't plan on going out of business any time soon...
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