Advance Payments - Deposits - Credit Cards

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Feb 4, 2004.

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Which policy best describes yours?

  1. I never get a deposit or ask a customer to pay a month in advance. I do not accept credit cards or

    19 vote(s)
    63.3%
  2. I require all customers to pay a deposit or pay for a month in advance. I do not accept credit card

    4 vote(s)
    13.3%
  3. I require all customers to either give me a credit card or bank draft, but I don't require a deposit

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  4. I require all customers to either give me a credit card or bank draft and I require all customers to

    1 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. I require all customers to pay a deposit or pay for a month in advance before I do any work. If the

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    Wondering what others are doing to reduce uncollectibles.
     
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    No deposite or prepay for mowing. At least half down for landscape services. No credit cards. Check or even better cash. Cha ching!
     
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    pay in advance one month. no credit cards
     
  4. thill

    thill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    Scheduled lawn service, pay one month in advance - credit cards OK

    Landscape installs, deposit required payment due upon completion.
     
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    This year I have been trying to push the paying in advance issue...we will see how it goes
     
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    Depends upon what service you are referring to.

    For lawn mowing - no advanced payments. Pay at the end of each month. Do not accept credit cards.

    For fertilization packages we like prepay and give a discount if paid early before March 1st.

    For anything that requires materials, we like to get a deposit before we purchase what we need. (Not talking about a yard or two of mulch, I'm talking about larger jobs.)
     
  7. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i voted for the #1 option. seems to work fine...i have had minimal deadbeats thus far.
     
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,648

    Lawn programs - prepay or pay as you go

    Mowing - billed monthly

    Irrigation - turn on/ blow down = pay once at the end of the year

    landscaping - 50% down/10%when 50%completed/remainder due upon completion

    Plowing - billed monthly

    Add on services - billed at time of service

    Credit cards welcome (preferred for plowing since many clients don't occupy the house in the winter)

    Cash welcome (what cash?)

    Checks welcome
     
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Maintenance i just bill at the first of the month, for that month. Landscape installs i require a deposit for work thats more than $2,000. So far, knock on wood, ive never been stiffed with this method.
     
  10. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    We bill after the month's services, take credit cards, and rarely need a pre payment / deposit for anything other than installs. Installs we get 30% down at contract signing,30% the first day our trucks pull into the site, and the remaining 40% net 14-30 days on completion without a pre arranged payment plan.
     

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