customer question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kpetzold, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. kpetzold

    kpetzold LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    hi all, a realtor friend of mine just called and asked if i could give a estimate on two propoerties , i have a set 30 dollar minimum , my question is one of the propoerty's the front yard is completely rocked and the areas to be mowed are very small , does any one ever go bellow there set minimum for very small mowing jobs . thanks guy and gals. karl
  2. SwihartServices

    SwihartServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    Depends on how far it is. The bottom line is your bottom line, right? Just make sure you make money. By the way Realtors ALWAYS pay slow.
  3. SwihartServices

    SwihartServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    At least I have always had them pay slow.
  4. kpetzold

    kpetzold LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    swi, thanks for the reply , yeah i already figured it would be slow pay , im just getting my busi started, so really need to take the work, if nothing else to show the quality of my work. thanks karl
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    For many years I wouldn't touch a realtor, even today I can still run fast as soon as I hear it, also seems like every year or two at least one customer who never paid for something is a realtor (and I don't get that many who never pay).

    Might be another one in the line of upfront payments, I don't get it with those guys

    But anyhow no I don't go below my minimum, even less so if it seems like I should, hope that makes sense. Because next thing I know I get someone who wants me to service literally, a 40-foot 1 pass stretch of grass that takes all of 1-2 minutes... No way, ever since I enforced the minimum this nonsense has pretty much stopped.

    More so if it's a bunch of bs, everybody wants a lawn guy, few can afford it but everyone's got all these wacky ideas on how to hire your very own Lco for under $50 a year... For that I might even make it 35, I just can't take it anymore. :laugh:
  6. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    yes Realtors pay slow but i just started with one this year for the first time and it is going o.k. i picked up 4 new accounts and some one time only . yes most of us drop are min. from time to time just make sure you make out ahead not under.
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I never have gotten pay from a realtor.....

    However I have several customers from realtors...

    Most of the time the realtor does NOT own the proptery the homeowner does.

    they can recomand you for the job to the owner.
  8. kpetzold

    kpetzold LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    thanks everybody , for the help on this one, im gonna go look at the jobs tommorow , ill let ya know , thanks karl .
  9. kpetzold

    kpetzold LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    hey bohiaa, im right down the4 road from you, in rockport fulton area , if you dont mind what is your min up there . im goin 30 here . karl
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah they're usually ok IF they own the home, even then still be careful as usual.

    But my experience with those who don't own it, there's nothing doing.
    They send these guys to college and they're right up there with doctors and lawyers, but somehow they obviously get to skip one very basic business lesson. That is, so long you work on commission, there is no way you can spend any amount of money that will raise the price enough to where there exists profit, at least not from the middleman's side of the fence.

    No, it doesn't work. If you own the home and you want to paint it because you're selling it, that's probably a good deal, but then you're getting the fat end of the money, see what I'm saying ... And whether the realtor wants to hear it or not, they are the middlemen when they don't own it.

    And I think that is the problem.
    They think spending a little money on maintenance will make it sell better or faster, but what I'm saying is it doesn't work profitably from the middleman's end of the bargain. Which, then we lose out or they're disappointed, either way it's no good when someone always loses on this one. No, it's no good to me if the customer gets the short end of the stick either.
    That's why I don't get too excited anymore with these folks.

    But yes, some are ok, just like any other customer I'd guess, some good, some bad, whatever.
    Took me more than a few years to warm up to them thou heh

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