1 lawn bill vs. seperate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fga, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
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    say you have 2 neighbors who want service, and request an estimate, each 1000 sqft. individually, you would charge x amunt per each. no problem, normal


    if you are then approached by a similar situation, and one of these potential customers, "this will be on one bill, count this as one".
    do you charge the same as situation 1, even though the price may seem alot higher then your average 2000 sqft lawn? or do you count it as (1) 2000 sqft lawn?
     
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Is the one paying the bill own both properties? Are they owned by two different individuals trying to get a discount for you mowing it once?

    I would intemize each address/property and each have their own accounts and just put them both on the same invoice.
     
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    I would charge the the normal rates for two separate lawns. Down the road, if one person drops out of the "agreement", then you are stuck with mowing the remaining lawn at the reduced rate, or arguing with the remaining customer as to why you have to raise his rate.
     
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I'll do it if it's properties owned by the same person.

    I know I'm probably overboard, but I'll offer a 5% discount if I can get all the properties and put them all on one invoice.

    This way it drops my 40 commercial accounts down to about 19 envelopes I have to stuff at the end of the month.

    If it's a residential account, I'd do like others have said, and prod a little more. Find out why it's on one bill.

    Does one neighbor feel like he / she 's looking out for the other??

    Is one neighbor sick?? Or do they do something in return?? ie splice off the cable wire???
     
  5. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Never had it yet, but it think I would go with the same price as two seperate and maybe a small discount if they are both owned by the same person. Reason for treating as seperate accounts is they could have a falling out, then your stuck with one low priced lawn at that stop. Also there isn't much of a reason for a discount except that it is two places at one stop. It definately isn't like one single 2000 ft lawn, how many 2000 ft lawns have two houses two sheds, 4 cars, two sidewalks 4 flowerbeds etc etc. and whatever else you may be dealing with?
     
  6. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,185

    i agree with Remsen1 b/c they maybe just doing it for a discount
     
  7. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    i have one just like that, mother owns one ,son the other both on the same bill . i bill monthly down here ,and charge full price . x amount of dollars times 2 . they take turns on who pays .
     
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    What do you do if they quit paying the bill? Try taking that to court and see what happens.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I would do it like they ask but I would itemize each lawn on the bill and charge as situation 1.

    People try to get over on the Feds sometimes by charging things off on their business that is personal. This may be a situation where one lawn is deductable and the next one is not. You have no way of knowing what they're doing and I wouldn't be a party to it.

    I have a customer who tried a situation like that a couple of years ago. He had an office about 20 miles from his home. He asked me to remove his name from his billing and use his company name and address instead. I said no problem. When he got his new invoices he was quite surprised to see that there was a previously unused area on my invoices that now had a "Serviced At" column and his home address in it. At the end of the year I guess his accountant told him he couldn't charge it off because the next year he had me go back to putting his name and address as the primary on the invoice.
     
  10. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    We have a customer who claims us as "casual farm help". I have no idea how that works but we do cut around his barn so maybe it's alright.
     

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