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Old 08-30-2011, 09:25 PM
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Neighbor wants his lawn mowed... tried once before

My neighbor has a helluva time finding a local lawn service to mow his lawn. I spent a few thousand on a walk-behind mower and I am sure it looks like his 3/4 acre lawn would take only a "few" minutes. A few years ago I mowed it and told him $30 a week to pay for my gas, and yet I had such a hard time getting it I got pissed and told him to find a lawn service.

Well, I honestly think he has difficulty finding lawn services because he has pissed so many off by being a slow payer. His most recent guy used to come every few weeks, struggle through 12 inch high grass, and I am sure got annoyed. So now the lawn is 12 inches again and he asks me to find him a lawn service or could I mow his lawn just once. He claims he has called all the services in town.

I told him I will help him find a lawn service (Google and Servicemaster here I come) but I feel like a jerk for doing so. My one worry is that my other neighbor will feel sorry for him and go over to do it with his 21 inch push mower. That'll make me feel like crap.

I am not a pro, so the "I get paid to do this" line won't work. Am I just a jerk for not doing it?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:30 PM
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depends, how slow of a payer is he?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:52 PM
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Sounds like your neighbor is the dick!
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:22 AM
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Have you asked him "Why" the other guys won't mow? Tell him that his Slow Paying is "WHY". Everyone needs and depends on their cash flow in business. Unless anything that is done from the kindness of the heart (Charity); everything else is a business contract whether verbal or written and should be started and agreed on "Before" being done. Just be honest with the neighbor. A lot less feelings are hurt by being honest than beating around the bush. I actually pay my lawn guy one mowing before he mows ahead. Just tell him to put himself in that "Lawn Guys" place. You might even get a thank you.
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:34 PM
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Sounds like your neighbor is the dick!
Yeah really, could not say it better!

You cut his lawn for peanuts and you have to beg for your money! Sounds like you need to hang with the other neighbors!
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:43 PM
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Sounds like your neighbor is the dick!
Well said!!!!!!
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:42 PM
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Unless he's an old fart needing charity help then walk away, the guy is a typical nightmare happy to put his problems on someone else. These bozos usually know what they're doing but are great at pretending they don't.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:02 PM
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"Can you just cut it once?" Love that. You do the labor-intensive and crappy job of doing a "clean-up" for him. Just say you have no time and no interest, and hand him a list of phone numbers (if you feel so obliged).

If it's 3/4 acre and you did it for $30, that was downright kindness on your part..... you've already earned your good-neighbor-karma. He probably can't find anyone, because they are wanting at least twice that price.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:09 PM
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Tell him to get his own mower and cut it himself.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:17 PM
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Have him prepay. If it is overgrown, charge twice the price - upfront.
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