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Ever do a drive by....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Grateful11, Apr 5, 2001.

  1. Grateful11

    Grateful11 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Ever do a drive by and just keep on gettin' it? I did one the other day. I put an ad on an online classified and got a call. The lady wanted some bed work. So I was in the area and found the house, she wasn't expecting me, we took a look at it and sped up. It was rough and I mean rough. I need work just like the rest of you but I have to draw the line somewhere.
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Been there, done it , and got the t-shirt! I agree, a lawn has to be pretty bad to be able to reject it from the inside of your truck! Who knows what hidden treasures your mower will find while cutting their jungle.
  3. yeah, best bet in a case like that would be sell the lawn under the condition that she has some severe work done. go and sell other stuff first. if she doesnt wanna go for it then price yourself out of the job. if she goes for it then you will be happy.
  4. Ducky

    Ducky LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Um...one thing to be careful w/ "drive bys" is if you have signs on your truck, the actual customer may not be home, but if a neighbor sees your truck, it could get back to the customer. Also, the customer may have known it would be a tough job, and may have been more than willing to pay for it! Any time someone calls me for an estimate, I take the time to stop and look at it and talk to the customer. If they seem concerned about the price I give for a "pain in the...." job, I simply explain everything that needs to be done to get the results they're expecting. If I get the job and it's a real mess at the start, I take a before, during, and after picture. They're happy with the work, and I usally get great referals from these! Sometimes it pays to take the seemingly crappy jobs, or at least give the estimate. I've even gotten referals when I didn't get the origional job! Good luck!

    [Edited by Ducky on 04-05-2001 at 10:37 PM]
  5. Nathan

    Nathan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    Had plenty of those, but heres a new one. The other day a lady called from a fairly ritzy neighborhood. She wanted full maintenance except mowing because they pay their daughter allowance for mowing the grass. I started getting a hint of snob from a few things she said, and then she told me she didn't want any chemicals used on the yard because of the environment, etc. Anyhow, she wanted references, which we give upon request. Everyone we use for references keep us in touch, so when we heard back from the two we had given out I was surprised. Both customers said that the lady had acted very snotty "A *****" in one customers words. Both of them said that we should be informed that the lady didn't seem like a reasonable customer.
    We thanked both our references and told them that we had turned her down(which actually made her want to use us even more). We don't let our customers tell us who to do business with but a red flag popped up when both of these respected clients had basically the same thing to say.
  6. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    If you drive by & the nosy neighbor DOES see it & tell the prospective customer, simply inform them it didn't look like they were home & wanted to stop when you thought they were home. Or if it wasn't right time, then you want to come when you said you'd come. Not way before.
  7. DMC300

    DMC300 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    Correct me if I'm wrong,but would it have taken just a short time to actually do a walkaround and give a bid for this job?
    Sometimes you find GOLDMINES inthe strangest places!
    Especially after you're already there.
    Can't say I haven't done the same though.
  8. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    "just like running thru a red light ....no point in looking behing you now" ;->
  9. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 632

    One Of mY first call was to a lady's house/landfill

    There was probably a ton of debris. Rotting doors, windows, cocrete, even a refrigerator!!
    That is what I could identify under the 5+ years of growth covering the pile/yard.

    I told her it was over my head and ran.

    I fielt sorry for her, but I can't help wondering how things were allowed to get to landfill status. I'm SURE it took a few years of dedication and collection!
  10. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 494

    I do it all the time . I am tired of Crappy lawns. I have never met an owner of a run down property that wants it renovated so I just keep cruis'n now.

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