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do you shave?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    another in relation to appearance. how important is it to shave, put on nice clothes, and look presentable when doing an estimate? and, is it different depending on what kind of serice you are estimating? today: started a huge leaf cleanup, me and chico. had 3 estimates to do. i personally worked for 3 hrs, then went to do these estimates. windy, cold, wet and dirty. i looked like i escaped from alcatraz. although i am sportin a new haircut, and i trimmed my wiskers, i'm afraid i looked a bit shabby. i'm booked up pretty solid for two weeks, and the end is near as far as leaf cleanup, so i quoted high. i got 2 of the 3 jobs, and am almost positive the 3rd will call tommorow. when quoting leaf cleanup, which is a dirty job, do u guys "dress up" for it?
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Heck no, big ole brown Carrharts and the big work boots. If it was orange I'd look like an inmate. :)
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Just presentable and clean cut.

    People know that you may be coming from the end of a long day's work (especially this time of the year doing leaf clean ups) when you show up at their front door 4 in the afternoon.

    BTW, my tux stays home.
  4. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    Nup.......Goatee and a MO. But I keep em trimmed.

    There are two types of people I found.............The type that think if ya Dirty it's not good and the type that think if ya not your not working hard enough.

    And it's realy hard to tell them apart on the phone.
    I never know...........I think the best bet is the be clean and well trimmed.
  5. GardenTech

    GardenTech LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    We always try to be Neat and Tidey, but breaking away during the workday to do Estimates makes that tough to do. If that's the case, I usually preface an interview with: " I apologize for my apperance, another rough day in the Trenches, now show me what you have in mind" and move on...
  6. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Posts: 1,053

    Bobby, just depends on where ya talking about!:D
  7. BravesFan

    BravesFan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Clean shaven is the way to go. Nothing wrong with a neatly trimmed mustache or goat. either.

    Throw a few clean collared shirts in the back of your truck.

  8. the scaper

    the scaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 690

    in the fall i wear khaki shirts & hat, jeans and boots, kinda resembles a uniform. . i tend to keep my hair clean cut but let my beard grow a little in the fall. i think the customer feels a little more comfortable if i look like i've been working. when i bid leaf jobs i usually have the trailer with me and i'm dirty and ready to go with it, just a matter of getting the price right. basically i try to keep the shirt tucked in, be polite, talk professionally and try not to come across as a potential axe murderer :D for bigger jobs like installations for a new customer i'll try to wear clean clothes and take the company truck without the trailer.
  9. BBS

    BBS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    what if they say,"that apology isn't good enough!" what do I do then? :D
  10. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Clean shaven, I have to I'm so grey most customers would think I would fall over dead soon as I actually had to work.


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