Does this seem weird?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Nebraska, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
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    Does this seem weird?

    I own a small lawn and landscaping company. We do around 30 to 40 residential landscape installations a year... This is in addition to the lawn care.

    My in-laws (wife's parents) build about 15 high-end custom homes a year. We provide lawn care at their model home at a regular rate and at their personal home for free (not for cost, for $0)

    I get a call from my mother-in-law telling me that she does not want to cause raised eye-brows but their personal house that they just moved into was just landscaped. She said that her husband (my father-in-law) knows a landscaping company that will do their house for free in exchange for all the other future landscape installations.

    How would you guys handle this one?
     
  2. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tell them you will mow there house for free if they give you all the landscape jobs for the rest of the year. Make them sign a agreement nothing to serious just something to stop them from doing you wrong. Family or not people in general can screw yah.
     
  3. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    I have found that it is always better not to work for family or friends. This may be a good opportunity for you to step away and keep your business and personal life separate. Good luck. Mike
     
  4. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
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    I like that advice Bunton Guy... Yet am sure there are a lot of families where it works good.. Wonder if more work good rather than less?
     
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe you could point out that the landscape company will have expenses from doing this that they expect to more than recoup somehow from these upcoming jobs. Why be locked into paying a higher price and giving exclusive rights when they already have free mowing. Just for her own self centered reasons this makes no sense. If she were a good person, she should at least give you a shot at landscaping a house or two to see how it goes.
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Keep What Al Inc. Said Close To Your Heart. They Are showing You They Are All BUISNESS.

    John.
     
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I just turned down a $3000 install for a neighbor...hard thing to do but in my first year I have to agree with what ALINC said...working for friends, relatives (and I add neighbors to this)...in 75% of my experience with these 3 types, it has been a hassle...remember the expression "familiarity breeds contempt" ?....its true...they will say and do things to you that a stranger would not...
     
  8. MPhillips

    MPhillips LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Posts: 94

    It's hard for me to turn down work, but I've found it best for me to not do neighbors, freinds or family. Something about this move on your in-laws part seems strange. It may be a sign for you to move on.
     
  9. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 525

    At the very least it has always been a strange relationship anyway..... My wife thinks it's weird too... Will just let it go and move on and when we're looking to build another custom home tell them we found someone to do it cheaper!
     
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    There you Go!
    Good Luck John.
     

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