Customer wants to "one month trial service" me!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stephen424, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. stephen424

    stephen424 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    never had someone request this before. met the customer 3 weeks ago. gave him 7 references. he contacted all of them. he was worried that i couldn't handle a lot his size (mind you...he has less than 1/2 acre..wth).
    3 of the references i gave him were 3 million dollar homes +...sitting on 5-7 acres. all gave him positive things to say about me.

    he wants to hire me on a trial basis for the month of april and then talk about a monthly payment from may - december

    customer request that his lawn be cut on Friday..and no mowing between 2-4 (kids nap during this time).

    i'm almost about to tell him nevermind....who doesn't need money, but this guy! i almost feel insulted that he'd suggest using me on trial. even tho, truthfully, if you don't have a contract, you're basically on trial.

    anyone dealt with anyone similar to this...trouble in the future? maybe i'm looking too deep into it?
  2. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    had a similar situation with a lady...wanted refs....the whole nine...asked me 20 ?'s about everything....insulted pretty much every answer, very rich very sarcastic lady....i gave her a high price and never heard advice...RUN!!!!!!!!!
  3. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Type "PITA" into the search box and you'll find plenty of similar people!
  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Run Forrest run! If you take this client he will cause you nothing but stress. This PITA showed his colors for you and saved you from having to find out the hard way. I want you on trial, certain time, certain day, can you wash my car and change my kids diaper, take trash can to road, wash get the point. I would just nicely decline this nightmare!
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    What's the problem? Do your thing, and if he likes it, there you go. Prove him wrong and make him a believer.

    Like you said...Unless there is a service agreement / contract... it's a trial.

    by the way, they can still fire you with a contract...usually.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2010
  6. A.Landscaping

    A.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I agree RUN this gave is going to give you nothing but complaints, The least you can do is give him one free mow see how he likes it, Even though in my opinion i would of just walked away.
  7. Forget him, and here's why:

    You gave him reputable referrences and he still doesn't trust you off the bat. He is telling you when you need to service his property and at what times. Trust me, this guy is going to be a real PITA. Move on.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yeah, move on, there is plenty more easy clients out there.

    this guy will always be a pita, you know it too. give him a high price and if he goes for it then you made out.
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Your not an employee
  10. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    do 1 of 2 things
    1.) run away fast
    2.) take the account charge a very preimum price, take the money, til you cant stand it anymore, and then run away.

    but id stay away , life is to short

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