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Accepting New Bids/Proposals for Community HOA Ground Maintenance

Discussion in 'Employment' started by csmlawn, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. prn068

    prn068 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Not sure where you were going with that but my few experiences with these properties excluding the national, commercial companies, I price them to a point that it shows as a cost savings or minimal cost for them to allow 7 day mowing versus 10 or 14. I can usually convert these people within a season. Ya I do agree it should not be Bi weekly but specs are specs, and the beautiful thing about owning a business is that if the property becomes that big of a pain I have the freedom to let it go!!
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    the fact that it will look bad after cutting, be hard on the turf and allow for more issues with weeds, disease and the like. plus it will take longer and be harder on equipment, to do so would just make it cost more in the long run, and well, we refuse to do this kind of 2 week mowing thing, especially if it is supposed to be maintained and fertilized, are you kidding!!! i am sorry, but that is ridiculous to even think about doing all that work to only step backwards in the turf quality by not cutting often enough!!!!!!!!!!!!! you really had to ask!!
  3. prn068

    prn068 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    99% of my work is done on a weekly basis, Some started out bi-weekly. The accounts that I have dealt with on a bi- weekly basis typicaly do not consist of performance turf but rather some grass, a lot of clover and other vatiety of weed species.the properties are typicaly already shot. as far as hard on the equipment well I have two dedicated (older) scags which have never failed me and I only use them for these type properties. But yes fertilized turf I would probably steer clear of or price it accordingly after all it is their turf, their money and you know the business if you or I dont take it someone else will; so why not put the money in my own pocket and try to educate the customer in the meantime which is possible I have done it.
  4. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    How about this.

    HE is the CUSTOMER.

    HE is looking for a service HE WANTS.

    Someone wants his money. If you dont want it dont email him.
  5. prn068

    prn068 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    My man!!!!!
  6. Perfect touch landscapes

    Perfect touch landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

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  7. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I feel sorry for the guys on here who dont understand this. Especially the ones who say "no self respecting"......you guys are the reason this industry gets little respect in general. You most certainly can cut bi-weekly. You just have to grow the plant accordingly. It always amazes me when the most uneducated person in a given group is the one to stand up and speak the loudest!
  8. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    I hated and fought against the bi-weekly thing when I was in the business.


    Though I would never admit it at the time......There were PLENTY of lawns that were just fine being cut every other week even in the peak growing season.

    Heck....My yard at home.....Its grass....Crappy grass.

    Before I hired a service I cut it every 2.5 weeks maybe. It grew less in that time than most of my lawns grew in 5 days.

    I have a philosophy with my current customers.

    If they are writing checks.....I want as many of those checks as possible.

    Thats why I look at the services they get done....If I can hire someone or find a way to perform a service that another contractor is doing...I do it.

    If they are paying somebody for something. Id rather them be paying me.


    If they wanted their grass cut once a MONTH.

    I figure my costs. Add my profit. And Ill cut the dam thing once a month.
    As long as I profit from it. Ill do it.
  9. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

    the same clowns who think its ok to cut bi=weekly are the same guys 2 weeks into spring
    wonder what the hell they got themselves into.
    The calls start, the lawn looks like crapola and look whose truck trailer and name is mowing a pasture.

    Some of us arent your average bears. 99.9% of the time the customer is wrong.
    Thats why they hire consultants.
  10. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    The only thing you could do or say to look more foolish would be to post your real name and address along with your CC info..although I doubt you have one.

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