Customer Installed Play Set

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by echeandia, May 28, 2007.

  1. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a customer who recently put up a large play set for his kids. Now instead of a wide open back yard I have to deal with this monster (driving around it and PITA trimming). When I quoted him the mowing price he never mentioned putting up a play set. Do I tell the guy I need another $5 per visit? What did you guys do in similar situation?
     
  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    If it's just one play set then just go ahead and do it. Now really how much more time is it going to take you.:confused: :confused:
     
  3. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
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    ive had a couple similar things but have just let em slide, rather than losing the customer
     
  4. MJStrain

    MJStrain LawnSite Member
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    I can't imagine it takes you more than a few minutes at most to trim around even the largest play set. I'd just do what's necessary to get the job done and be grateful you have the account.
     
  5. GrassQuester

    GrassQuester LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    I have a similiar situation where I have to weedeat down a giant fence which they put up after I started.....I just do it and say screw it.
     
  6. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well put:rolleyes: :rolleyes: !
     
  7. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    It only takes a couple of minutes, but the point is it wasn't there and now it is. Mowing around one of these things is one reason I finally got rid of the one in my yard.
     
  8. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Man, if it is bothering you this much, then I think the answer is obvious. If you have situations that cause you to worry or brood about them, then you should do something about it. I learned several years ago that even the smallest things will never just go away and they will keep eating at you. Honestly, if it bothers you... then fix what is bothering you.
     
  9. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    These playsets suck...most people just sit them in the grass and you have all these nooks and crannies to trim around. Not to mention ducking under to do some trimming.

    The obvious solution...so obvious as to be easily missed...give them a price to mulch around the playset with woodchips or playground mulch. Then you solve most of your problem and make some extra money :)
     
  10. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    Mow right through that mutha! I actually had a customer do the exact same thing...no biggie...couple extra minutes.
     

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