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Old 07-10-2014, 07:15 PM
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retired guys taking my lawns

Have some customers that have retired neighbors offering to cut their lawn and watch house when gone. It's the third lawn I lost like that this year. Of course they do a bad cut job and do it cheap. But they keep the neighbor anyway. Anyone see a rise in retired guys headed back into work cutting lawns?
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:36 PM
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Its the law man. If you can breath on your on, you can get out and mow a lawn or two for cash
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:41 PM
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Oh yeah or the "neighborhood kit" come over and scalped it right down to the dirt, too.

Somedays, when I'm REALLY tired of it?
I lower my prices so FAR that NOBODY will even DREAM of wanting to mow any of MY yards!
And do a really super job to boot, all the extras, everything.

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Old 07-10-2014, 09:30 PM
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They ought to be run out of town.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:32 PM
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I wonder how many of you had the neighbor guy repair your truck, AC, replace your hot water heater etc. In the end it all works out.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:38 PM
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^^^^^^^^Yep.

If one doesn't expect somebody else to do a job they do, don't get into a business that most anybody can do.

Lowering prices or meeting theirs certainly makes no sense. Find another customer and eventually if/when the other calls you back, charge them more.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:15 PM
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That's me, the old guy mowing lawns. You think I don't lose business the same way? I get a kick out of it and it frees me up to do other lawns. I won't cut anything under $35.00 and I don't have any of them, either. I might have you beat on other work, though, since I don't have any payments on any equipment. I could stroke out at any time and wouldn't want to cloud my estate with that kind of annoying detail.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:26 PM
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Have some customers that have retired neighbors offering to cut their lawn and watch house when gone. It's the third lawn I lost like that this year. Of course they do a bad cut job and do it cheap. But they keep the neighbor anyway. Anyone see a rise in retired guys headed back into work cutting lawns?
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Have not had this problem, tons of landscapers and hacks here but haven't lost any lawns in the past 5 years under that circumstance. Only lost lawns due to house sales or income related problems.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:55 PM
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Do I count as the annoying person if I cut a lady in my neighborhood for free, but charge the rest normal prices?

I used to mow this ladies lawn for about $15 back when I was in elementary and middle school. I was able to get my church to count her yard as community service for my confirmation in 8th grade. After that I cant bring myself to start charging her. She is very limited on money and a super nice old lady to me. I am now 28, so I have been doing it for free for 15 years.
Every month she asks me to send her a bill for what she is past due, but I tell her I keep forgetting to do it.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:58 PM
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Do I count as the annoying person if I cut a lady in my neighborhood for free, but charge the rest normal prices?

I used to mow this ladies lawn for about $15 back when I was in elementary and middle school. I was able to get my church to count her yard as community service for my confirmation in 8th grade. After that I cant bring myself to start charging her. She is very limited on money and a super nice old lady to me. I am now 28, so I have been doing it for free for 15 years.
Every month she asks me to send her a bill for what she is past due, but I tell her I keep forgetting to do it.
You're far nicer than I'll ever be, would never do that. Except for my parents.
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