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"Our guy stopped showing up"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SSmith, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Since I only speak english then I have to be able to speak to them. They do not have to speak it well for me.

    I do admit there are some types of folks that I do not work with much and that is the Mid-eastern Indians. They like to haggle too much for my taste. Part of their culture it seems. I have had some that do ok on small things and paid but over all I have found this to be the case. I give everyone a fair price and I do not haggle. I will discuss scope of services but my price for labor and materials is fair for all.
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    We usually bid 24 weeks for our season which is what we figure our budget by. This year we started a month ahead of schedule. One contract is worded weekly from may 1 to October 31. I know they worded the bid packet this way because how else do you word it? Giving some contractors the option to mow "when necessary" means when they feel like it. I agree with what you guys are saying, we have people we mow for who are "as needed." I wish all of our agreements were for a season, it makes our lives easier because we know what we have for a budget and the customer gets the lawn care they want at a set rate. So as long as the contract says weekly this is how we approach it. If it makes you feel better after the Halloween storm last fall we were still obligated to complete 2 weeks of cleanups..... in the snow.
     
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    I'm not interested in doing work for someone I can't understand because they could try and skip out on payment by saying the work they wanted done wasn't done or done like they specified.

    if I can't understand what your saying on the phone or in person for the initial estimate then forget it.

    I don't mess with hagglers either.
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    It's true you have to have a meeting of the minds. I have no problem with broken english however as long as we seem to be on the same page.
     
  5. tgzzzz

    tgzzzz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99


    I'm with you. Really tho, my experience has been the poorer the English, the more likely they are to do their own lawns.

    I'm surprised at the regular folks who hire me. The very rich, and commercial properties will always need lawn service. The regular Joe has to feel that $100 a month for two cuts and still leaving the yard looking lousy the other couple of weeks. I guess the reason is that their cheap guy stopped showing up.

    I just got rid of two customers I've had for a long time but couldn't make the right kind of money on. Guess I'm the guy who stopped showing up. :walking:
     
  6. Orrdc

    Orrdc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    Lawn gods must of heard my request, I picked up 2 good ones this week, both are starting at bi weekly because its NOT RAINING! Ill take it though, and I got a lead on a giant property, so I can't complain
     
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    LOL well you might have a point there hahaha I did cool off in that regard some realizing that with the educational system and the job situation what it is I am now finding it extremely difficult to place the blame, so it is what it is, f it.
     
  8. HomesteadPrep

    HomesteadPrep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

     
  9. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    ^^^^ they will be back, believe me and some customers will go with them.
     
  10. tgzzzz

    tgzzzz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    I've only seen two kids out mowing. A team with someone's Husq lawn tractor/weedeater. Both 12. I gave them a small bi-weekly job in their neighborhood. I'll hire them if needed. The only unemployed "grownups" around here are drunken fishermen.

    Not sure why we have so many latinos here in coastal Carolina but they now own all the sheetrock biz and boat painting and prep biz. Latin lawn crews can't be far behind. Is this a great country or what?
     

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