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deposit on sod jobs

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Hunt Bros Lawn Service, May 19, 2010.

  1. Hunt Bros Lawn Service

    Hunt Bros Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi everyone,
    I am fairly new to the working with property management game. But here is my deal.

    I was contacted by a guy who runs a tree biz to replace some sod for a property management company he is a vendor for. I went out and did the bids for him and got them today. but when I said I need a deposit before i start the work he said the management company probably wont do that cause they have to get a payment from the homeowner before they cut a check to me. he has never had an issue with deposits but then again i look at it as he doesn't have to spend 700 in sod then wait a week to get paid. His costs are really only labor costs. I really want this job cause this company manages over 1000 properties but I dont want to spend that much money then wait a week and hope the homeowners cut a check quickly. Am I being stupid for wanting a deposit on a perisable good like sod ? in florida there is a ton of sod replacement going on cause of the winter kill this year
  2. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Get a deposit and/or make sure you have a written contract with THIS person where he is held liable if for some reason the homeowners dont pay or etc.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    we always get a deposit on sod or any landscape materials for that matter.
  4. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    40% down, balance due immediately on completion.
  5. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I always get a deposit when the materials cost is out of my "comfort level". My comfort level changes based on the amount I keep in the business account, so normally fewer deposits are required during mowing season.

    Draw yourself a line, then stick to it.
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    No need for a deposit as long as I have a contract. I have never had an issue but if they don't want to give a deposit I would consider that a red flag. If they have been managing 1000+ accounts why do they need a new sod guy all of the sudden?
  7. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 780

    We use the $1,000 rule. Any job over $1,000 we require a down payment. We try to cover all equipment and material costs with this down payment.

    Most times its 40-60% down payment

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