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Good or bad idea

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nccutter, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. nccutter

    nccutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    There is a corner house of a nice subdivision on a main road with a ton of traffic. My question is, I was thinking of doing this house for free in exchange for being allowed to put a sign in his yard with my name on it. Have any of you ever done this?
     
  2. NorthTXlawnguy

    NorthTXlawnguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    I haven't done this and that could be good, however I would bargain for something else like maybe half off so you are at least getting something for your efforts. Kind of a trade off and good deal for both you and the home owner..just my .02
     
  3. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 603

    I've done it but nobody cares. You might get one or 2 lawns out of it. I did an open lot for a neighborhood last year for free. Put my sign out and didn't get one call. The lot was garbage when I started. End of the season it was looking nice. You're be better off spending your time and money on flyers.
     
  4. ProcsLC

    ProcsLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    I never did this but I have a friend in Indiana that tried this method and the only calls he got where from this guys friends looking for him to place a sign in their front yard as well and cut the grass for free... At the end of the season he told me he didn't get any customers out of it just a few people wanting free lawn cutting for sign placement trade... Something to think about...
     
  5. NorthTXlawnguy

    NorthTXlawnguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    Well, it looks to be a bad idea! I think a dh with something like a free cut on the first months service will generate more calls. I would just make sure you print "restrictions apply" on the dh. My clause is that if they cancel before seasons end they will be billed for the free cut...
     
  6. Golfpro21

    Golfpro21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 563

    how about the free cut is the last one of season...this forces them to stay loyal all season long
     
  7. nccutter

    nccutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    bummer....I thought that would have worked.....on to plan "B"
     
  8. nccutter

    nccutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    no good to bad
     
  9. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    Would not do it free until I saw it was paying off... offer for free for 3 months.. no calls and just stop. Worth a try.
     
  10. John Deere Mann

    John Deere Mann LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    Another thing is to check your local city/town ordinance laws for placing signs out. Even if its on yours or anybody else's property. Here they take our signs and get a fine.
     

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