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Old 04-26-2013, 12:00 PM
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Customers / Potential Customers in bad neighborhoods

How do you guys & gals handle customers / potential customers in bad neighborhoods? Bad meaning: run down areas where crime & drugs are common things on any given day. I try to focus my business on the middle to high end customer base but I inevitably get requests for bids in these types of areas as well. Profit is minimal at best in these areas and there is also a major concern for the safety of my crew, myself and my equipment.

Is it better to just politely decline the opportunity to bid or bid high enough to where I wouldn’t get the job anyhow? Thoughts and suggestions please.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:36 PM
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"politely decline the opportunity" Why even waste the fuel to give the quote. Just tell them you don't service their area and leave it at that.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:54 PM
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Play it by ear.... who's to say there couldn't be an eccentric millionaire a block over that is left over from the days before urbanization and he's still there through gentrification and he is looking for a total property re-haul. New lawn, new mulch/flower beds, new patio, new retaining wall.... the whole kit and kaboodle.. You never know. .......
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:10 PM
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Hope you're equipment locks and you carry. Another poster almost got shot in the face over a wire thief in a bad hood. It ain't worth it if you can't go to the backyard and not worry about your gear.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:16 PM
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How do you guys & gals handle customers / potential customers in bad neighborhoods? Bad meaning: run down areas where crime & drugs are common things on any given day.
I DON'T! Politely decline, I don't service properties I don't feel safe working at.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:45 PM
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They always pay cash, i love it
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:49 PM
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That's what guys with Wmart mowers, suspended driver's licenses, and trucks with no registration are for.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:04 PM
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Hope you're equipment locks and you carry. Another poster almost got shot in the face over a wire thief in a bad hood. It ain't worth it if you can't go to the backyard and not worry about your gear.
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Nice point Patriot (I love your handle). Most lawns like these areas often need total renovation. I normally leave a lawn care estimate (price it high), but I also leave a business card from a company that has skid loaders, can haul dirt, and can sod/seed after that. Often times, a total renovation costs as much as the property is worth.

We seldom "carry", but in these neighborhoods we do (NRA training recommendation). All my guys (except one) have a permit to carry. Even all the gals in the office "carry". Yep -- we are conservative Constitutionalists. God bless America and those who work & pay taxes.
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That's what guys with Wmart mowers, suspended driver's licenses, and trucks with no registration are for.
Good one right there Oak. lmao
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:12 PM
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overbidding didn't work for me. I had bid high on one, they still called back. the backyard had springs, yes springs.. from god knows what.. all over the yard, and a trampoline that looked like a t-rex had a go at it.

Now, its.. sorry, my schedule is full.



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How do you guys & gals handle customers / potential customers in bad neighborhoods? Bad meaning: run down areas where crime & drugs are common things on any given day. I try to focus my business on the middle to high end customer base but I inevitably get requests for bids in these types of areas as well. Profit is minimal at best in these areas and there is also a major concern for the safety of my crew, myself and my equipment.

Is it better to just politely decline the opportunity to bid or bid high enough to where I wouldn’t get the job anyhow? Thoughts and suggestions please.
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