bi - weekly customers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by A Simple Cut, May 24, 2005.

  1. A Simple Cut

    A Simple Cut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Do you guys take them. Right know I have 4 and they're not worth my time. But they signed a contract and I agreed to it. How would you handle this?
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    is there a clause in the contract that you can use to get of last year I no longer do anything but weeklys...

  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Make them worth the time. It is a nitch that most overlook. I assure the customer that it will not look its best. I might double cut the front, but I find that most people are in a jam, have been turned down by others, and either hire me or do it themselves.
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I hoped to get rid of all my bi-weekly accounts this year, which I did, except I picked up one more. I took it on because its real close to a couple of my other accounts. Heres the trick, before I gave an estimate, I said, "you want to be on a weekly schedule, right?" When he informed me he wanted everyother week what would have been a $25 cut instantly went to $35, to make it worth my while, and for dealing with the exceptionally high grass. Of couse I didn't tell him any of this. Just a little stradagy I'm going to start using.
  5. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    I have a couple.. as long as I can fit them in the schedule I will keep them.. Once its filled by a weekly customer I will drop them...
  6. Cutter lawns

    Cutter lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I can cut you every other week but I'll have to double your price.
  7. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    actually in the spring and fall I will not do bi weekly... grass grows to much.... only in the summer months I will cut these few customers bi weekly....
  8. kpyoung

    kpyoung LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I think it all depends on how full your schedule is. If you need additional work, then take the bi-weekly jobs BUT charge accordingly. If your schedule is already tight with good paying customers, then pass on them.
  9. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 897

    It depends on the type of turf you are dealing with. If the yard kinda grows slow and does not get thick and cuts like a weekly, then, yeah, why not add them to the schedule. By the way, always say something like "I will see how it does". This way you won't get hung with a yard that is a pain to cut.Also, if you bump these around alternating and mixing with your weeklies, your schedule will stay the same.
  10. Wil22

    Wil22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I have bi-weeklys that can't understand the importance of weekly visits, but will pay for aerating, leaf clean ups and landscaping projects. They will sign my contracts to be paid on a monthly service and they still pay me cash on each visit.

    Some of my bi-weekly's pay me more than my weekly's because of all the other work they want done.

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