Help! My lead to an $8600 job wants me to add $3000 to my invoice for himself!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Chrysalis, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    i think the finder fee and the extra is illegal and un ethecial. Your playing in to a did honest person and you will take the fall. 1099 excellant point. My wife is a property manager for a large apartment complex that is run by a company she actually works for 140 miles away. These things are well spelled out not to do and to report this activity to them, you will get caught, She even has to list to her company any gift xmas, b-day, etc, to them they don't care but it is documented in case something later arises that she didnt do a personel favor for some one and the issue be throwed up she was given something. She has a vendor who gave her a ham for xmas nice thought and appreciated but she informed her company so 1 day another competive vendor might say the other guy gave her a ham to help get a job and then she would look dishonest to her company.
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 690

    I would have said sorry we dont operate that way and I gave you my price of $8600. If he wanted $3000 for him he should have siad so before hand and still I would be skeptical.(sp)
  3. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    so after 3 pages of responses, what have you decided?

  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,979

    I'd be interested, also. I had the same situation years ago and backed out of
    the whole project; it just did not taste right.
  5. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    You offered 5%. Stay with that number. If he doesn't like it...tough $hit.
  6. mgray10

    mgray10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    Wow, the audacity of this guy!

    Let's analyze this: he gave you the lead; you made contact with the lead; you made a proposal; you made the first impression; your equipment will be used, your labor (or laborers), and your reputation is on the chopping block.

    Above = you're running the show; it is your show!

    This is how that conversation should have read:

    "Hey man, I need a little more money out of this deal. Why don't you just add three grand to the proposal for me?"

    "Ha ha. Dude, that wont work for anyone but you. If you wanted a certain amount of money you would or should have told me beforehand. Since you most definitely would have told me in advance if you needed or wanted a certain amount of money (as evidenced by the fact that you don't have any problem asking now!) I can only conclude that you found out Sally Sue had a budget and I came in under it. So, no, I am not changing my bid, dude. **** you, man. I am not going to screw a customer so you can crack a nut."

    "Uh, uh, you're an ******* man!"

    "We'll see if Sally Sue feels that way."

    Now, that isn't professional in any manner and I wouldn't say that to the guy unless he is acustom to those types of words. Some of these bible bangers cringe when I say "damn" or "****" so I take note of it.
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Just tell him that you will do the job for 8600 dollars and he will pay you and sign a contract with you.
    He can then be the primary contractor and charge what he wants.

    Otherwise I am sure you already now the right thing to do.
  8. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,808

    So, ok everyone agrees...what is the outcome?
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,979

    I hope he bailed.
  10. Chrysalis

    Chrysalis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    Well this one tasted just right!! Not only did I close the deal and the property get his first half of the three grand and me get half the proposal price.. I closed it for 10 grand more than the original proposal price due to the owner wanting chatahootchie gravel instead of crushed lime rock, 2 added royal palms, a couple glazed ceramic pots and some more clean up! Ohh yeah and an extra $1750 charge to remove the Live Oak in the front! It really turned out great guys I seriously had my doubts but everything ran smoothly. Allthough it was an all day process today, Im in to realize about 7 to 8000 profit!:usflag::usflag:


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