Ouch! I can't belive it.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sildoc, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Went to bid a property today.
    2000 sq ft total of mowing. 300 ft of edging and 3 trees in the middle of it.
    This is commercial and pretty simple.
    I asked what else they were looking for? Well I just wanted to see If I could get a better deal than 10 dollars a week. I about craped. I said there is no way to even come close and that if this guy giving you a 10 dollar a week cut gave up to call me.
    Then I go to the paper to see what is going on.
    12 dollars to mow frount and back 5 dollars extra to edge. Does this guy want to make any money or what????

    I called him and asked if he could come and mow my yard (3" high since I have been a little lazy.) He came out and mowed it bagged it and hauled it off for 12 bucks. Took him over an hour and a half.
    he was a little upset I could tell as I opened my garage and was working on my nice equiptment.
    I asked him what days he would be willing to come buy and mow. He said fridays he will be buy. He did a decent job beings he had a ryobi mower and a crapsman trimmer.
    I figure if I get really busy this year I will ask him to work for me.
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can see a lot of conflict resulting from him.
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow! See if you can find out some of the places he does, to see if he does a decent job. You could sub him, and make plenty of money! Granted, it won't last long, because someone can only operate at a loss for so long, but still...
     
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had planed on subing or possibly bringing on as an assistant. I hate to say it but he worked hard and didn't say a word about being too much and raising his price. Just how you like a worker. At least I know he will take less than 10 bucks an hour to do the job. We will see.
     
  5. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
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    2 years ago I ran across a guy like that. He had left a real flaky door hanger on a vacant house I was taking care of, or I never would have heard about him. I used him as a sub on about 4 jobs where I wasn't too concerned about quality, and referred him to several real cheapos I ran across. He was getting almost no business on his own, because the door hangers weren't the only flaky things about him. Last year he wasn't around, then I happened to be in my local Wallyworld Supercenter after 11:00 pm and he was working there stocking. He acted like he didn't know me. What gratitude.
     

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