Free Service

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by humble1, May 14, 2008.

  1. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    I put in a bid on a big property turf 45k, 6 treatments, tick control perimeter 3times a year, monthly mosquito control, grub control. $5300.00 the guy has the money but still hims and haws. I was going to call him tonight saying if you sign on for everything ill lime for free and do 2 house perimeter treatments for insects. Do any of you do anything for free to close the deal on a good account?:confused:
     
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    He might be expecting you to do that every year for him....
     
  3. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,072

    $5,300 a year for a lawn a little over an acre.....you should give him a lot of free things! :laugh:

    That is some crazy cash!

    Good Luck!
     
  4. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    also includes extensive tick control and mosquito control,
     
  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    thats alot of apps he is applying there...
     
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,214

    If I can see they're on the verge, I'll throw them a freebie that costs me virtually no time or cash (like a foundation spray). Otherwise, I just stare at them and let the uncomfortable silence sweat out their committal.
     
  7. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,370

    Desperation smells.
     
  8. Lawn Care Louie

    Lawn Care Louie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    unless you get a signed contract, make sure that free service is late in the year

    also make it something that won't require an extra trip or extra manpower.
     
  9. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,440

    "if you pay all in cash up front, this means greenbacks, ill
    take 10% off everything"

    this works on about 90% of my new and existing customers

    i personally feel that with the free thing, most people realize
    that nothing is free in life--i certainly do
     

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