dog **** !

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SpikeGT, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. SpikeGT

    SpikeGT LawnSite Member
    from NW OH
    Messages: 74

    Do any of you charge extra for people with with dog **** in there yard? I'm tired of trying to mow around it, not to mention the smell if it gets on your tires. I think I'm gonna add a surcharge if they continue to not pick up there dog's ****.
  2. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    I'm thinking about asking I'll pick your little precious's turds for a buck or two a turd.
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    It's not fun but we just deal with it!!!!:cry:
  4. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    I found once I got 25 customers in my first year I want to get rid of 5 of them for reasons other than price. Next year I'll see if I can avoid bad lawns during the estimate phase.
  5. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    When I give an bid on a property I ask about a fence and a yard. Dosgs and fences usally go hand in hand. I add 5.00 for each. I usally am told no because of my price. It makes the ones that say yes worth it. It also pays for the time it takes to clean the tires before putting the mowers away. Hope that helps.
  6. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I hate dog crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's a slap in the face to me when I run over that sh*t.

    If a customer does not have the intellect to understand that we are cutting and the **** is flying then they are not a customer for long.

    Last to be cut.
    Quickest job
    Basically, they are the I don't give a **** lawn...

  7. deerbutcher

    deerbutcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    If you give a bid on a lawn that you know that a dog will use as his toilet and don't include a little extra for it, then you shouldn't complain about it. If the dog comes along after you establish service, then you need to talk to the owner about cleaning the dog's mess, charge extra, or drop him because of it.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Bingo LOL but let me tell you something just from my own experience:

    - First off, avoiding the problem in the first place is a BIG bonus. No doubt about it, I must've walked away from at least a half dozen problems like that this year... No, we're not talking the lawns we could restore, we all know these people will never spend a dime to try and make it look better and the lawn is a POS at best to begin with.
    - But, you still get stuck with some, it appears to a point unavoidable, if you want the numbers then you have to take on a few for one, for another I found you just don't always see it. Oh yeah, I have a few myself, even now, yup.

    Conclusion: For me, I definitely look for the bs and will either walk away OR charge extra for it. The longer I do this type of work, the more I want to charge for the serious bs, whether it be poop or tons of dirt, or rocks and steep hills or whatever, if it's the type of yard I know NO other Lco in their right mind would do, I will and do charge more than the standard rate, sometimes a lot more.

    One of two things happen at the estimate phase when I charge extra:
    - They basically say No and I'm free to go.
    - Some agree to pay for it, more than a few say ok, if reluctantly, but they agree.
    So, why not get paid for it.
    One other thing I'm gearing towards is charging a LOT more for pos yards, say $45 for a $30 lot, then put some of that money towards credit... Say I cut this POS lot 10 times this year and I can put 5-10 dollars towards the customer's account as a credit, that's $75 right there. Might take 2 years before it builds to $150 but then what I do is one year sell them a Full lawn restore for only 150 extra (which +150 you already have = 300) and blam, I core aerate / seed / etc, etc, and they have their beautiful lawn and everyone's happy.
  9. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    We recently sent notice to a customer that if it wasn't picked up, we wouldn't mow the backyard. They only have one dog, but it's fairly large and likes to stick close to the walls/fences.

    We'll find out tomorrow if I get to work a shorter day...
  10. dglyder97

    dglyder97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    We actually offer canine waste removal as a service with our advertising. i know it sucks ass to pick up dog @#$^, but its $$$$. if its a lawn customer we usually charge $8.00 since we are already there to cut the lawn.

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