Charging for "no cuts" after seeding ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turfer, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. Turfer

    Turfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    I'm going to start seeding in about 2 weeks and wonder what you guys do when you seed one of your monthly regulars and you skip one or two weeks of mowing until the grass gets going. I know I'll be checking on the yards weekly and I'll probably clean and blow while I'm there. Do you go ahead and charge the regular monthly amount or do you prorate it ? Thanks.
  2. yergus

    yergus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    the company policy that i use is, we don't don't cut, we don't charge, how ever if we show up and do anything at all, we do charge, but only a portion of the cut.
    if we blow out the lawn, or the drive, we may charge $5.00 or if we inspect the growth, we may charge $7.00
  3. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
    Messages: 481

    You better learn how to bill in all unexpecteds, and you better learn it fast or you will sink. You may not mow for 2 weeks on a ground zero...( if you did a major rene ) a light can most likely mulch unless your seeds are @ 2-3 leaves, then bag. As you bid jobs you need to remember to keep in mind that not everything goes to plan- and that the season goes on forever- NOT!!! Gotta have a plan....... ;)
  4. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Stop in and check on the yard weekly and set up other jobs to fill in time instead of mowing.If you didnt set up a contract mowing then it would be very unfair to charge.
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    Pretty much all of my customer are in a contract and I charge'em 10 monthly payment even if I skip'em once or twice a month
    I do this because when the grass grows I have to double cut sometimes and I don't charge for.
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    If they are a contract customer just adjust their bid on the aeration and seeding.
  7. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
    Messages: 481

  8. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    Not to be cracking on you, but it's not a good sign that you don't know your own agreement with your clients, this is pretty basic stuff. You should know before you accept a new client (or they accept you) ALL the details about the services you provide and don't provide, along with the associated cost of the services.

    This is (I assume) at least your second year in business, so what ever you got away with last year ought to work...
  9. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Thats the way top go. Instead of messing up your montly billing system, let them know you made up for the missed cut in the aeration/overseeding price you gave them.

    Good Luck!

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