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My solution for Lowballers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dhardin53, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    I know this would NEVER really work out but I feel we need to get our head together before the LC industry goes completely to the low baller, and illegals.
    The equipment manufacture will never really feel the impact as much as use professional lawn care guys will.

    So we need a "Lawn Care Association" Get certified, set higher work ethics, fair price strictures, investment/retirement programs, group health insurance possibility's. And a legal US status to join. OK yes you will have to pay dues to be a member.

    The big problem: and IF it could be done at all you would need a huge advertising budget to inform/convince the public they need to hire there lawn care from a "Lawn Care Associate". Plus you would need a majority if not Evey LCO that meet the guidelines to join. (Imposable I know)

    I'm not for Unionizing at all, so don't mistake this for a union. Just a Professional organization with a goal to get a more realistic prices for all involved.

    There are more reason why this wont work as there is reason that we need something. Every LCO is a independent and want to stay that way. So be it, I do to. But the outlook for LOC operators don't look all that rosy to me. I know it may not have effected some geographical areas as hard yet. But if we don't do something to slow this ongoing tied we will someday wounder why we did not try to make some changes before it gets out of hand.

    open for your input...

    Dan H
  2. spazfam

    spazfam LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    Not a bad idea in general I think the price structure would have to be a guide or it may boarder being illegal. Maybe an average of a given territory etc.
  3. Gruneich Lawn Care Inc.

    Gruneich Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from SD
    Posts: 295

    I have always thought about how good something like that might possibly do
  4. ccash

    ccash Banned
    Posts: 147

    if you are doing a good job you should not have to worry about the "LOW BALLERS".
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I like the idea!!! Kinda like lookin out for each other
  6. ccash

    ccash Banned
    Posts: 147

    sound like you would like a socialist goverment.. just do your job and dont be such a busy body.
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    In THEORY its a good idea but in reality it will never work.

    You cant force people to join and you cant force customers to hire a certain company.

    Ccash is right though. Do a good job and mind your own company and you wont have any problems. Lowballers come and go every year. Its the same in all service industries. Ive lost a few to lowballers over the years and a few weeks later the customer is calling me back because they aren't doing a good job.
  8. toroking

    toroking LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    so what is considered low??
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    As far as cutting grass is concerned, low would be charging $16 for a $25 lawn just to get the job.

    I think its a good idea. Kinda like how the ASE certification program works in the auto industry or the OPE certification in the mower industry.
  10. toroking

    toroking LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    i am charin 15 in my street

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