Cutting for another LCO..

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Aug 8, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Suppose another LCO asked you to cut a couple of lawns for him for a fee. One time.

    Do you cut it to your high standards.. or do the job as it looks like it has been done by the other LCO?

    For example: You notice the beds are not edged.. Would you edge them? Or you notice some weedwacking has been left undone.. Do you trim it?

    It will only take you a few extra minutes...

  2. Alan Bechard

    Alan Bechard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Who's truck and signs are parked in front of the lawn while you are cutting?

    People will see you work and look at the quality of work that you do. Leave it as you would like to stand in it and have your picture taken and you will not go wrong.

    Al B
  3. For the few minutes it would take to make yourself look good, dont see how you could go wrong.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I would do it exactly as if it were my own account...nothing more...nothing less.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I don't think I'd go as far as edging the beds, unless I was asked to do so, but I'd definitely make sure it looked good. We do this all the time, in helping each other out, whether it be by a location status, or if one of us gets busy with a project, or, heaven forbid, if one of us ends up with equipment or truck trouble. We've occasionally loaned our trucks if necessary, too.:)
  6. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    My two cents.....

    Do your best.... for a couple of reasons.

    - He's in a pinch to gamble with another LCO to mow his/her lawns. You might be in the same situation one day, and would want him to do his best for YOUR customers.

    - Your the "new kid" on the block.... us that to your advantage. People, potential new customers will a new truck, trailer, people in thier neighborhood. They have seen the old guy, it's a normal everyday apperance. Kinda like the car alarms, no one pays attention to those anymore, unless it's a new sound. So be professional! You making a first impression!

    - If one of thier customers ask you for a quote to do thiers, just simply say no, and explain that your at a full load, and lust helping out a fellow friend, co-worker while he has an emergency, and this will go vise versa when and if you need him to help you out on day.

    If you do a better job than he does, it will be noticed. When they ask who cut your lawn they will say ________ that was filling in for my regular guy! And hopefully, Bang! a new customer.


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  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    old aw again. id just do it the way hes been doing it. if u get it on a regular ,then slowly switch it to your standards.
    way to much work to try and change his stuff ,if its not up to par,in one or two u showing your competition
    your tricks etc.jmho
    now if he ask u to show him how to get it right ,that oughta cost him.
  8. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    I'd keep my same quality standards. I have a buddy who would call me when he couldn't handle his workload. We'd bail him out only to have his customers calling us wanting to switch lco's. We'd explain that we were only helping, but would be happy to talk to them if my buddy got to a point of wanting us to do it.
  9. longviewlawncare

    longviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    my cousin uses me to do contracting mowing for him. He is picking up new accounts right now and can not handle everything at one time so i mow for him. My truck and my equipment and also my standerds. We both do really good work so it is all good. If someone ask's me to take them on as an account i just tell them why i can't
  10. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    Do it to your standards. That way you'll feel good about the job and everyone else is happy too. :)

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