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Late Payment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hardcore5657, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Hardcore5657

    Hardcore5657 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    When do you stop mowing there lawn? I have a client that is 2 going on too 3 weeks late, when do i say pay or i stop cutting?
  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    I cut 2 times and thats it. Round-up does wonders.
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    It's not warm enough for Round-up. Try Diesel fuel.
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Actually, does your State have a mechanics or builders lien law? Perhaps your can google that to get more insight. I know if payments are late here, we can withold services to try to force faster payment.

    I don't think that always works, because if we don't cut a lawn for a couple of weeks
    it's the landscaper who is out of time and money in the end.

    Perhaps a note in the mailbox saying: I really enjoy working on your property, but your bill is late. If payment isn't made quickly, my company may be a possition to put a lien on the property.

    Then again, do you make enough from them to cover the cost of a lien?

    This year is weird. People and property managers have been playing plenty of games

    It's frankly burning me out already.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Depends how deep your pockets are.
  6. Thomas Grundy

    Thomas Grundy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    If its a commercial property and big company they are always late. Well for me n e way. Bill them and wnt get paid till the end of the following month. Pends what their business cycle is. Residential just stop mowing.
  7. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,460

    Talk to them and ask if there is any issues about the bill and if they need to work out some kind of payment plan. Give people a little time. The lawn bill is kinda low on the priority list unfortunately. But people will always pay, you just have to gently remind them. Weather it be another bill or a polite phone call if you are unable to speak face to face.
  8. Rockwell Landscaping

    Rockwell Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I bill at the end of every month. If I haven't received a payment by the end of the following month, it gets added to that billing. If I don't receive a payment by the end of THAT month, they get a phone call or an email to let them know I haven't received it yet. I have yet to stop mowing a lawn because payments haven't been made. As the post above me said, landscapers are at the bottom of the get paid list. I've gone as long as 3 months without getting paid. I guess I'm just a nice guy. But I've never been screwed. I always get my money, eventually. LOL.
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,895

    10 days past due, and I cut off mowing. So, that may mean 2-3 cuts beyond the month before that they had been billed for.

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,376

    Give the people the beneffit of the doubt and approach them and ask them if they need on a payment plan. If they brush it off then stop service.

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