What do you do when people contact for lawn care out of state?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ijustwantausername, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a couple buying a house (nice house) about 20 minutes from my general area.

    They contact me to give them an estimate on lawn maintenance. They are out of state I believe...? Do I mow on good faith then get them to send me the money or do I get them to pre-pay? Or do I ask if they will be viewing the house/moving in anytime soon to collect? How do you handle this? Thanks.
     
  2. SLMGT

    SLMGT LawnSite Member
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    We've mowed a few lawns for military families that move and leave a house behind. We've had mixed results so don't mow many times before collecting. I would mow and send an invoice immediately, if you don't get a check soon, mow no more.:usflag:
     
  3. BigDreamsLawn&Landscapes

    BigDreamsLawn&Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    I mow for many people that live out of state. Most are rental properties. Some of the easiest people to deal with. All they really care about is that the yard is kept neat and presentable. They send a check usually before any of my local residentials do. And no complaints at all!
     
  4. TheGoat

    TheGoat LawnSite Senior Member
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    For out of state clients (lots of em here in Florida) I require payment before I'll start work.

    Deland FL lawns service
     
  5. Tofutti

    Tofutti LawnSite Member
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    All but 5 or 6 of our 47 accounts are out of state owners. Haven't had any issues at all with any of them. We bill at the first of the month for the previous month.

    Of course, being in a resort town, these are mostly all multi-million dollar second, third, or fourth homes, and they're hardly ever around. But we do the same neat job every time, whether they'll ever see it or not. They pay every time.
     
  6. rodzilla94

    rodzilla94 LawnSite Member
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    same here....listen do what i do and set them on a 2 week pay and see how they pay.if slow then keep it on 2 week plan in a month or two if they pay in a reasonable amount of time then set them up on a month payment plan....oh i have 4 out of state and they are the best customers
     
  7. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have 6 customer's like this that I have never met. I have never had a deal go bad. They trust that you will do a good job and do the job.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I take my chances, all in all it's not too bad but I do lose out one here and there,
    with out of staters it's always one mow at a time, if I don't get paid for the last mow
    I ain't showing up again and I just MIGHT leave a note somewhere on the property to
    the effect as well (as a warning to the next guy they might call.

    Bet you ain't never in your life ever found a note from the previous Lco that said
    Hey watch out they stiffed me!

    Well if you ever do, maybe it was me lol
     
  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,761

    Sometimes, you just have to take a chance. I've mowed for people who live away from here, never met them, all arrangements made via the telephone, and mowed for a month before the first billing. Never gotten stiffed by a single one of them. The ones I've gotten stiffed by are the ones who live here and that you see every day.
     
  10. RECESSION PROOF MOWING

    RECESSION PROOF MOWING LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have no problem with good faith mowing jobs if my gut instinct tells me so. I had a guy five years ago call me here in KC off a Craigslist ad...and lives in California. Needed his Independence, MO ac lot mowed every other. I charge him $100/mo takes me about 30 minutes with drive time and is a beautiful deal. He sends me upfront monthly money.

    Come to think of it, I've got an out of town Chicago ghetto owner who pays me per email bill after I'm done with his slums. Always pays. So don't shy away from the job but don't let the bill get away from you. Keep those checks coming...
     

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