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Biweekly cuts that should be weekly...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bassman, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. Bassman

    Bassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Rain is falling, grass is growing and I have a small number of seasonal accounts who aren't getting with the program for weekly cuts. They expect a cut every two weeks at the same price I was giving them last summer on a weekly basis. Guess you can't blame them for trying to save some dough but I'm telling them "that dog won't hunt".

    I'm way too busy to overlook the extra time involved to double cut or have to slow cut then line trim overgrown grass and look the other way as far as price goes. I may lose some of these folks...so be it.

    Anyone else see this from any of their accounts from last summer starting up maint. again?
  2. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    After finding out how counter productive the bi-weekly cuts were, from my Lawnsite advisors, I had to turn them into weeklys at the start of season. One of the best bits of advice I have received.

    It is alot extra. If you need the cash keep 'em til next year. Otherwise give them the option...
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I have come to the conclusion that the only way to have successful Bi-Weekly Mowing Accounts is to have two routes that you are rotateing. If you are referring to those who just wish to be skipped then charge them the same way mentioned hereafter.

    As far as the priceing of these properties is concerned, I would charge them according to your gross hourly rate. If you gross say $40/hr and they take an average of 45 minutes to cut and trim a 30 minute lawn due to the extended growth intervals, then I would charge them $30 instead of the $20.

    If they give you flack or refuse to pay the increase, offer them some names who can better meet their demands so they are not left without service completely. Otherwise you are going to be working for damn near free or alot less than you had expected sinking your profit levels.

    Good Luck in whatever you decide.
  4. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Starting next year, my customers are going to have 2 prices: 1 for weekly mowing, the 2nd price will be a higher price for bi-weekly mowing. Then they can choose how much of a cheapskate they want to be.

  5. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    weekly or dont bother i took on two biweeklys this year im regreting them .there both elderly so i do them ,not regretting to work for older people but it messes up my schedule yea its only 2 accounts but when you have to go out of your it feels like alot more.this might not be the best way but i lost 7 accounts buy putting my foot down .i didnt want those accounts they only want there dirt cut anyways.i replaced them and i am almost 40 strong weekly im at 37 im pushing 50 for this yr......wish me luck...
  6. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    We just use the KISS system .....when mowing year round .....charging monthly .....same rate each month .....Mowing: (42-40 visits each year)

    Growing Season: April through October: Mowing of all turf areas once a week, with a mulching mower in varying patterns to minimize rutting, removal of 1/3 blade height.

    Dormant Season: November through March: Mowing of all turf areas once every other week or as needed to maintain a neat overall appearance.

    Once ALL the customers are on this schedule .....cash flow gets better (long as their paying ....but that another subject)....cutting is not a question .....summer weekly ....winter bi .....:->
  7. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    Couldnt resist - j/k, LOL!

    Good Luck Ron!!!
  8. Grapevine

    Grapevine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    We won't do any biweeklys (if at all) until 1st or second week in july, depending on the weather. Don't really like to do any , but I have a soft spot for old people.
  9. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    Our policy on bi-weekly accounts : It's twice the price. So, the customer can choose - get it cut twice a month or four times a month it's all the same in the end (you'd have to be an idiot to opt for the Bi-weekly service with our policy). With 450 accounts we've only got two customers that opt for the Bi-weekly service. Simply put unless you charge double, they're not worth it - as they're taking up a spot on your schedule that could be filled by a weekly (higher grossing account). Good luck.
  10. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    I would call them former customers. ;) I don't accept bi-weekly customers.

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