Free fall cleanup

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DocClark, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. DocClark

    DocClark LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    I am thinking about advertising on my door hangers this year offering Free fall cleanup for all my new lawncare customers as a way to get new Biz. Of course they would be limited to 4 hours of work which is $160 value. I'm wondering if anyone has done this? Also curious what the thoughts were if you think is is a good idea?
     
  2. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    Dont think thats sumin i would do, the costs and hassle wold be very tricky to to schedule for us. We are so busy from the start to the end of leaf season. We are already having trouble getting them all done before christmas, i couldnt imagine doing 10 or 15 for free.
     
  3. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 651

    Working for free is not very profitable......but some folk's work for free even thou they still charge a fee.....:)
     
  4. DocClark

    DocClark LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    I hear you guys. I'm torn on what to do. I think that it would bring some business and the cost would be minimal. Most of our yards don't have many trees and the spring cleanups take about 1 hour to complete with one person. I really want to extablish a decent amount of lawncare accounts so I don't have to do as much landscaping work but I'm having trouble getting this accomplished.

    Do you guys think that this would drive new business at all?
     
  5. Wright48

    Wright48 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    Once your pegged as cheap youll always have the reputation theres other ways of drumming up bussiness besides doing stuff for free offer a 10 percent discount on the clean up or somthhing but free your crazy for doing that
     
  6. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,537

    Look at it this way.....

    Let's say you up your price for weekly lawn service by $5/wk for the season (for the folks wanting accepting this promotion). Figure 36 cuts.....and you're looking at $180.00. Now, are you really out anything?

    I like it. Good luck.
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,924

    I agree with this and any cheapos will have to stay and pay all season to get the free service. If you are a new startup business this may work well, just don't think that you have to give away something free all the time to get work.
     
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    When I see a free offer followed by small print it makes me think what is to good to be true is not.

    Then the next thought is this guy is a crook, stay away from him.

    Good work at a good price will sell it self. Free only will bring in the customer that is only a price shopper and will drop you in a moment to save one dollar.
     
  9. greenstar lawn

    greenstar lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 648

    Free fall clean-up? No i don't like it. Once you start offering a free service they are going to expect other things for free. Why not just offer one free cut with a signed contract or something? Fall clean ups are a pain the the arse and take way to long to offer it for free. Plus you have to pay your employees, gas, dump fee, insurance, tax. If they keep you for next season are you going to do it for free then? what about the season after that? People are way to desperate in this industry.
     
  10. LawnGuy35

    LawnGuy35 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    You'll be hatin' yourself when it's time for the "free" cleanup and you realize you're getting paid ZERO for cleaning up all those leaves (as others have said, fall cleanups can be a beeeatch). If you want to offer anything, maybe offer a percent off their fall cleanup...15-20%. Or perhaps a "new customer special"...25% off their first mow.
     

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