Define a "cut"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcclureandson, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. mcclureandson

    mcclureandson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    What's a basic service in your area? I've got plenty of customers expecting the usual....edge, trim , mow and blow...and run into a few others who want the hedges neatened every time, beds weeded etc...I don't mind an extra two or three minutes (literally) but after that I begin to charge. What's everyone else doing?
  2. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I'd avoid all and any freebies, mostly because people will impose "mission creep" on you by demanding more and more.

    They want hedges trimmed or weeds dealt with? It'll cost. I'm not with the Peace Corps and this is no hobby. Anyone who doesn't understand that is just not paying attention.
  3. Mico Landscaping design

    Mico Landscaping design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Define a "cut"

    Its always another day and another time dont got time for that.. My defination of a cut is cut the grass trime edge blow and go.
  4. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,030

    A "cut" is exactly what you said. Mow,trim, and blow. Any thing else I charge for.
  5. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I am with you guys about what defines a cut but some clients ask me to roll hedge trimming every week into their quote. This works out well. Any time anyone wants me to do extra work it will be extra money.
  6. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    i'm with woody, anythin extra will cost extra
  7. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Mow, trim, edge, and blow. That is spelled out in the contract they all sign, but most still expect me to come over and check the sprinklers and pull or spray a few weeds, for FREE! HELL NO! And the part that gets me is that they are upset about that. They don't work for free and either should I, even if I am just the "lawn guy."
  8. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    A cut don't have anything to do with hedges or trees or planting.

    Just what it takes to cut only.
  9. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

  10. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973

    strictly, mow, trim, blow, go.

    even now over here that is becomming an over service due to the amount of hacks racing around with just a mower, a lot of people call now wanting their lawn mowed but only expect just that, cheap. (no trim) I will for acreage work as owners can trim themselves but the mowing is too much for them, these are my favourites.
    But I wouldn't do a lawn without edging, so in town stuff is hard to win because I charge to edge. When it becomes a jungle they start calling around wanting edging only....and the cycle restarts...and there is no money in cleaning up others work, once done the hack goes back to just mowing...

    Thanks to hacks who cheapen services and the industry....

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