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I Want Perfect

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rhett, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Have a new client who has an open wallet and the only stipulation is that he would like his estate to look like Disney Land. Have no problem with that but he gave me the numbers of the other contacters to deal with. They include the chem guys, the lighting guys, the irragation guys and the guys from the nursery. My question is how do I bill for the time spent with these guys. Time on the phone. Time on the property showing them what is needed. Time spent insuring they are doing thier jobs. Seem to be spending more time managing these other people than I actually spend on the propertyn myself.


  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    % of total job--sort of like a referral and you use YOUR guys not the ones he stipulates. Use guys you know can do the job right. Everything else should be an hourly wage..IMO...perhaps not as much of an hourly wage as working with equipment..kinda like some people get paid to be "on-call"...

    just my two cents worth.
  3. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    I wish I could use the guys that I usually do business with but he already has them in place. Many of them are companies that he is affiliated with thru his many companies.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    What are you doing. Are you in charge of total maintenance?
    Maybe just do a contract for management.
    Add up all the others numbers and charge 10% to manage.
  5. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    we would charge hourly for the time it takes to deal with them.
    explain this to the owner. he should have no problem with this.
  6. Popsicle

    Popsicle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    Like previous replies, I agree hourly billing is best. I have two large accounts (plus a couple little ones) that I handle the lawn and gardening. I manage the subs doing the pool, irrigation, fertilization, and some other services.
  7. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Thanks for the input. Have added hourly rate and charge for each time I must visit the property. Now I am off to price a 25 foot extended pole saw for the palms.

    Thanks Rhett
  8. Cobra Jock

    Cobra Jock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    Rhett, Just wanted to say Hi to a local LCO. I'm over in Bluewater Bay. Short 4 mile ride over to Destin across the Mid-bay. Take care

  9. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Hey Jock, Ready for the spring rush? Nice to see some local people here. Heck, you get over to Destin I will buy you the beverage of your choice. Now if I have to fight the traffic over to Niceville we will split. :p

    Take Care
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Hay, all you FLA people, Any of you going to the John Deere training next week in Orlando. Me and one of my foreman are heading that way.

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