1. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 490

    Has anyone ever had a property manager or building owner ask you to "slow down" your services? By that, I mean not do the lots as often, or perhaps melt a minor snowfall rather than plow and salt.

    This winter has been very good for us as contractors so far. We have had 17 salting runs, and 6 plow runs. THis has certinly been one of the busiest winters in recent memory. The past few years have not had near this many events over the entire winter.

    I fear that some customers may be going over budget this year. This situation has not yet arrived yet, but was wondering if anyone has come into this situation, and how you handled it.
  2. wyldman

    wyldman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    We are having that problem here,as it has been a heck of a winter so far,especially early december,when we normally don't get snow.I have a few contracts that were bid a little low,that are getting real close to going over,and they are concerned,a few want to go "on-call" only.Just remember to get whatever changes that they want in writingsigned as someone may come after you if they slip and fall because the lot isn't as clean as it normally is.If they decided to cancel or slow down services,then they are liable for anything that results if you have good documentation to prove it.One way we do it,is tell them I will give them a discount,or cap the price,for any additional plowing,if they sign a multi-year contract (rate-locked).Keeps them coming back.
  3. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234

    I've had one customer ask me to not plow as much this year.

    They said that they don't park up in their driveway that much so they only need it done when the oil truck needs to fill their tank.

    They'll have a rude awakening when they call me to come plow up the hill to their house and I can't move the snow.

    Lucky for them I know someone with a backhoe who'll be more then happy to do it for them at $75.00 per hour.

    Maybe that will make them change their minds when that happens.

  4. Alan

    Alan Member
    Posts: 1,185

    I've had one customer ask me to cut back on salting. It was kinda funny because he had decided to go "per push" instead of contract. I serviced the lot the same as if it was on contract and I was thinking that my quickly calculated, yearly price would have been very close to what he would have ended up paying. He stressed that he was very happy with the condition of the lot but just had to cut the expense down some. No problem, when someone pays their bill by return mail like he does I can be a little accomodating.
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Im getting that now,after the blizzard and the last 2 stroms in January,Im getting a lot of service refusals.a couple want me to stop pre-treating their lots.I quess i need to get some more bids out for next year.I just make sure im up on my records,as soon as you stop pre-treating thses lots,man it gets icy someone's going down sooner or later.Managers only look at the price,when their trucks cant get out because if the ice,how much will they save then?
  6. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    When they tell me that they are overbudget, I politely ask if I should stop plowing.... when they as why, I (politely) tell them that if they are out of money I need to know now so that I can stop plowing.

    That usually stops the "I'm overbudget" remarks.
  7. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292

    Great Ploy John,

    Bet the responses you get are in your favor 99 % of the time.
  8. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 416

    Another one is have them sign a disclaimer that they want to slow down services and they will be respondsible.Send that to their insurance company and let them know what is going on...
  9. CCLC

    CCLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    I usually get this from one of my bigger accounts. I usually get final payment in June or July on a bad year.
  10. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    In Maine, winters varry from year to year. Most winters we get right around 80" 90" a season, then every few years we break 100 or more inches.

    Some big properties and industries in Maine have snow Insurance. I don't have any accounts that carry snow insurance that I know of. However it sounds like an intersting concept, that I know very little about.

    Too bad I could have a policy where we got paid to plow by the insurance company every storm over 100 inches.


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