tell me what you would have done

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, May 12, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    many many moons ago.........this guy, i was cutting his lawn, and he ends up selling his house. the new owners would not be moving in for a couple months. it's late fall, his grass bill is paid up. so he calls me, and asks how much i would charge to clean the leaves. i say $150.i can do it middle of next week. he says fine, i'll be at the house this weekend, i'll leave the $$$ in the back shed. ok, fine. i go there on wed, look in the back shed, there is $100, and a note:" bob, i think $100 is more than enough to clean the leaves, please take care of it, thanks." so what do you do now?
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Leave the money and a note saying thanks but no thanks!
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    since he is not going to be a repeat customer,if you thought you could do it and make a reasonable profit for the 100 take the money do the job and move on.
    If he were going to be a repeat customer............different story.
  4. TELL him to put it where the toliet paper hangs and wipe his ass with it.
    150 aint 100 ..if i quote a price and the price is agreeable it aint renegotiable .
  5. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Posts: 1,053

    Do $100 worth of work and leave a not explaing that you will come back and do the remaining $50 worth when he leaves you a $50.
  6. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 769

    I'd go with this answer.
    What did the lawn look like after you saw it. Will $100.00 cover it?
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    for 2/3 the cash, I think I'd pick up 2/3 the leaves.
  8. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I would call him and tell him professionally that the agreement was $150.
  9. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    Bobby, that's an easy one. I would not do the job simply because the agreed price was not met. Let's say the shoe was on the other foot, you agreed to do it for $150.00 but did a half-azz job and told him " that's about $150.00 worth" I don't think he would be too pleased. So leave the money and tell him when the other fifty shows up, so will you.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    here is what i did: since the price was agreed on, and i did schedule the work, and i did drive over there, i took the $100, and did about half the job. called and told him there must have been a misunderstanding, that he owes me another $50. he said he will mail a check. i told him unfortunately, i can schedule the remaining work in about a week or so. he mailed the check. we were well into december at this point, it snowed. i mailed his $50 check back to him explaining it snowed, we packed up for the season. it actually worked out fine for me. spent an hour there for a crisp $100

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