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"Bring it through the house"

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zechstoker, May 31, 2013.

  1. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    I've had residential spray lawns with no access tell us to drag through the house. Instantly become a FLO (Front Lawn Only) account..lol..there is no way I'd go through a house. They either have access from outside or no service to that area.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    Did one like that at one time. No mowing. But I had to drag a two hundred foot hose through the front door and out the sliding glass door in back. Worked OK--maybe you could throw the hose over the fence. I wouldn't want to mow it.
    This is a good job for a backpack sprayer. Mowing--good luck.
    My mother's nursing home has a tall fence--the mowing firm has a key to the gate.

    I heard of a couple instances where they had to access by using the elevator.
  3. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    Finally got out there and did the job yesterday. Ended up just hacking it down with a string trimmer rather than dragging the mower through the house. The job turned out to be a real PITA by the end of it, and took over a hour just to clean up all the debris. It looked good by the time I left, but it took twice as long as what it was initially priced for. Sorry, no pics.
  4. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    Thanks for updating us.
  5. 4seasonsturfandsnow

    4seasonsturfandsnow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Sell them on No Mow grass seeding lol
  6. JBNC

    JBNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    We do a nursing home with a huge interior courtyard also, I guess they are all set up about the same. I get some weird looks walking through with a spreader, blower, and a backpack sprayer. I think the maintenance guys put the mower in a trash bag and carry it through the lobby. Huge PITA.
  7. ExmarkBoy

    ExmarkBoy LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 154

    I would say, either drastically raise your rates, sell them on installing a gate, or say screw it and discontinue the client. My personal opinion is don't waste your time on such a pita unless the pay is really worth it. Then anonymously refer the account to your competition lol :)
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,237

    Why would anybody have to raise their rate? They should be charging high from the beginning to deal with the circumstances. It's not like it would be a surprise that all of a sudden the only access point to the backyard is through the house.
  9. BlazersandWildcats2009

    BlazersandWildcats2009 LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Messages: 197

    CraigsList and one year contract. :walking:

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