High-Dollar Scrub

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOOLIE, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Picked up a new mowing account today. The lady had called me back in May, but I couldn't handle any new accounts. Called me again today, said the high school kid is going away all of August, and will be too busy with school after that.

    I was about to tell her $30, till she blurted out "The boy was mowing for $35, can you match that?"

    Well, I said, I suppose so.

    This kid, he never edged, and trimmed maybe every second or third cut. So she thinks she's getting a great deal from me.

    So much for kids low-balling it.
     
  2. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    I had a guy call me to come and do a one timer.
    Come to find out that he already had some neighborhood kids doing his lawn on a weekly basis but they were doing a poor job of it, not edging and not trimming very often.

    The reason he called us to do the one time service was to prove a point to the neighborhood kids that they need to shape up or they'll be replaced.

    When we were done he was amazed at the difference in quality. I tired to convince him that his yard could look this good every week but I guess it was hard for him to see past the ten dollars that the kids were doing it for.
     
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Yeah, we had a new acct on the schedule for this past Thursday. Get there and it is clear that it has been push cut with a 21" within the past day and that a kid did it as no edging at all and only a very basic cut. The "new" customer wouldn't even come to the door or return my 2 phone calls. Later found out that she had hired one of the kids on the street for $15. When she calls back when school starts next week we'll be busy or our quote higher. I also thought about sending her a bill for the scheduled cut since it still took up our time to show up even though I know she wouldn't pay it.

    Oh well shes getting the lawnboy service she deserves.
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I would have said 40 bucks IMO...and would have told her why I have to charge more than some HS kid.
     
  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,075

    Glad to hear that it worked out for you. Nice when a customer wants to give you more then you think you need to make on the job.


    Gravely_Man
     
  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    frequently I will ask a person what they want to pay.

    if they want to pay is too low...I state my price.

    it they are on the money or higher, I say "deal".

    GEO
     
  7. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    You've got that one right...:D
     

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