Free 6 app. fert program with mowing contract

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kootoomootoo, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Would this guy be considered a "lowballer"?

    Local guy offering this in the paper.
     
  2. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope, he just factors in his treatments into a year long program. Lets say he mows 40 times a year @ $30 which = $1200. That would be basically $100 a month, add in the 6 treatments for $50 = $300. Total now is $1500. That equals to $125 a month. So if a customers signs up for a year round program and you tell em it's gonna cost $125 then you're still getting your money for doing the treatments.

    Now I know I didnt include all the other things, but I was just giving you a general idea of how he could say FREE TREATMENTS for a contract.
     
  3. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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  4. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    First cut free is not the way to go.
     
  5. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
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    If anyone is doing first cut free, please pm me!
     
  6. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I actually do this with great results. I price myself high but press the fact that I am giving them over $200 in savings on average. I also press that we do high quality work and that we bag all of our clippings setting apart from competition. After the first year I can leave the mowing prices high and charge them for there spraying. Do you consider this bad business?
     
  7. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's actually a pretty good idea, clever marketing IMO.

    Most of the fert. companies around here offer either a discount or a free app for early or pre-payment. This is kind of the same, but differant.
     
  8. lawntimenosee

    lawntimenosee LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol.. me too!
     
  9. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm doing the free first cut!!!

    The catch- Pay for season in full, or sign yearly contract with a spring clean up.
     

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