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Do commercial guys pass up trashy yards?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lohse's Lawn Service, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Messages: 213

    I was wondering if any of the commercial guys reading this ever pass up certain yards. The yards that are 2-3+ feet tall, trashy, uneven, etc. At some point, do you guys draw a line on what may be too risky (stumps, trash, etc.) to bring in your high-dollar equipment? Personally, some yards are not worth it, but I really haven't turned down work, just bid a little higher. That way if I do end up getting the customer, I pull in enough money to make it well worth it. Any comments/advice would be appreciated.
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I would just bid it high. I wouldn't say I would pass one up, but, I would be a bit hesitant.
  3. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    I generally won't completely pass on one, but I certainly price it high enough to make it worthwhile........

    My price also depends on whether it's a one-time thing or a regular yard after the clean-up.
  4. slclawn

    slclawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 71

    that is what i do also
  5. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Anymore i pass on yards that are unirrigated, bahia infested sand pits. I only want people who care about the quality of their lawn. not people who think its a necessary evil that has to be cut.
  6. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    im with you guys, i would bid it high, changing blades in the middle of the day sucks after you hit some thing, also i dont need the extra risk of putting a rock in a window, because they were to lazy to keep the yard clean. i looked at one a month ago, this lady had stumps, driveway stones, tree bark (from splitting firewood) and small 3'' stones used as edging around everything. not to mention my lettered truck sitting in the front of their home,and people seeing it there! NO THANKS...
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I turn down stuff all the time if its junk or doesn't fit our business model. Some things we may bid high just to see, but if its trashed out or too small I will just turn them down or pass them on to someone else.

    Its ain't about the money, its about the business. There is a difference.
  8. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    If it's just that the grass is high, no problem...I charge plenty to mow it. If the yard and landscape looks like the Munster house I'll pass on it unless they want to do a total yard and landscape restoration.
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Same here.

    Even if it does pay an ungodly amount, I just don't want to be seen on the property.
  10. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Ever since I took on this philosophy I have made so much more money. And I dont mean gross numbers but better net on lower gross.

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