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Some of you may be Right!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chuck Sinclair, Sep 12, 2000.

  1. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 336

    I don't necessarily agree with some of you guys when it comes to the older folks (As per your replies to my I'm i crazy thread) But i went to do an estimate tonight the elderly lady wanted FULL service weekly here is what she had:
    4000 Sq Ft Lawn
    1600 Sq Ft Garden area Shrubs out the nose and plants all over. And over grown had not been weeded in a month of Sundays.

    So i told her that there was no way i would be close to the last guys (Who just quit coming to do her yard) price even through i did not know what he charged her but i knew it wasn’t enough.
    So i told her full service = $130.00 a month, She said but you can come down on your price I’m a little old lady on a fixed income and an oxygen bottle!
    I asked what did the last guy charge you she said $70.00 a month. I said and look what you got for it your grass cut and nothing more! Thank you for calling Willow Brooke Landscape and I left.

    Sorry for the long post

  2. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Good going Chuck! It took me a while before I would say 'NO' to customers and walk away. They aren't worth the trouble!


    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 519

    Just wait she'll call back.and when she does charge for the clean up.Older folks have a way of adjusting it just takes them longer.

    [Edited by BUSHMASTER on 09-13-2000 at 03:20 AM]
  4. RYAN

    RYAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    I have had a few estimates like that. Knowadays when an old lady calls and I head over there to (help her out) and find a weed infested yard with junk everywhere I won't even go to the door. I feel bad just leaving but I know once I talk to this old lady I will start to feel bad and will do the work for whatever she can afford, which is OK once in a while to help an old lady in need but I do have bills to pay, and I try not to make a big habbit out of it. Some nice old ladies I will make an acception for, Some Old B!+ch forget it
  5. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    Im proud of you for saying that, that was the most profession thing you could have siad you watch shell call back.
  6. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Dont you hate customers that are trying to screw you over.The sad thing is most of them have money. I had a guy that we estimated 25 for mowing he thought that was too much. Then he pulls a wad of 20000 of 100 dollar bills figures.
  7. excel25

    excel25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    Good job, It's hard to walk away sometimes but your better for it. If you did the $70.00 you would be wondering all the time what else and how much you could be making in this time slot. plus it gives her a reality check!
  8. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    Chuck,I would have the same thing and have.If you do want the client at your price I would cll back in a few days just to "follow-up"
  9. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712


    I don't think any of us were telling you to "give" service away. I just think we should be fair with old people. Around here there is a lot of gouging of seniors because they DO have money. I'm not in business for charity either, but I won't do things that are unethical either. Except maybe to lawyers, they pay double or more.
  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Just a thought, in the past, I have bid a job, bid being contingent on a preliminary visit for $xxx to clean up and correct the prior guys mistakes. Once the shrubs are weeded/cleaned out/trimmed its a cakewalk after that.

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