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rakes....the old fashioned way

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by zackvbra, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    Okay so this lady called me today and wanted landscape installs and maintnance(flowers, new pine straw, lights, etc) and leaf removal. She told me its a 1 acre lot. She also said, at the beginning of the conversation, she has a lawn company, but they dont want to pick up her leaves. That was a tell tell sign that I knew something wasnt right.

    She asked how I was going to pick up the leaves, I said, in your beds since Im going to replace the flowers and pine straw, ill just use the blower and get that plus the leaves on the lawn up with my lawn vacuum.

    She said "no I do not want power equipment like that picking up leaves at my house. It creates dust and it gets all over everything, so I want it raked. There aint nothing wrong with a good ole' rake."

    I said, "okay I can rake it, but it will cost you more, since Im giving up using my fast efficient leaf bagger, and it will take 5x as long." She said "no thanks, I dont think this is going to work out."

    I mean what do people expect? Any one have something like this happen?
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,233

    Hahahaha 1 acre lot with rake! :)
  3. AmericanEagleLawncare

    AmericanEagleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    It really irks me when people think the world revolves around them. You gave her two options in getting the job done. One with a mower the efficient way or two with a rake. Option two was going to cost more. Most people can't comprehend how a business. Up North we have problems with snow removal on driveways. The get the jobs done faster with a plow but not as good as a snowblower. People want the blower, but complain when it going to cost more. This lady will probably call you back when she can't find anyone to do the job. There might be more leaves plus being stuck to the ground. She will ask for the original price, but the job will take longer now. Just tell her to BUZZ OFF!
  4. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 861

    The nice thing about being in business for yourself is that, you have the right to choose who you want to work for/with. This might be a good time to exercise that right if she calls back.... I'd tell her, "I don't think this will work out between us". :clapping: Some people will never get it.
  5. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    Day after day people have this thing where they think your the neighborhood kid living with your parents. And you have nothing better to do but take care of them. F that go find that kid and when he dont show up because he is playing his xbox dont call me i got that space filled already.
  6. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    yeah I have to charge more because for the extra time spent raking, I could be somewhere else making the same money basically and making more customers happy. That leaf bagger does just as good, if not a better job than the rake.

    Dust isnt a big problem. I mean, I could have blown and bagged it and got a little dust on her house, and if its a big deal to her, I could have pressure washed her whole house, and it still would have been cheaper than using the rake.

    some people dont realize that the old fashioned way isnt always the best way.
  7. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    Happens all the time. No big deal, she wll find someone with a rake and be happy. Don't loose any sleep over it.
  8. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    believe me, i got good sleep last night. lol
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    wow i wouldn't rake anyones yard unless it was like 1/8th of an acre lol. even then i would just use the leaf blower and blow it off. i would use the mower for an acre yard.

    i dunno what it is about some people. they wanna pay you $10 an hr for you to rake their yard that is 1 acre? lol. i don't think they understand that $10hr back in 1960 was alot more money than it is in 2012. that would be like $100hr in 2012 lol.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,201

    So how much would you charge per hour to rake leaves?

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