enough games

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joshua, Apr 28, 2001.

  1. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    last year a few customers from another service appoached me about taking over for the rest of the season and this season, i agreed to look at their lawns and bidded on them, i knew the other contrator, but always considered him to be a a$$hole (for another reason) and he does a poor job, scalping the lawn, not trimming everything, ect. ect., on all the lawns i took them over at the same price. and finished out the season, its the 3rd week of cutting here and still this guy is trying to convice them to take him back and they keep saying no, he did this all winter and now afew times in the spring, should i make him pay for this or let it go.

    what should i do, go to war with him or tell him to back off??????
  2. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    come on some one say something, all you older bucks out their and no one with advice.
  3. Bama

    Bama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hey Kid,
    I would just tell those particular customers that you are going to continue to do a professional job at a fair price, and let your work speak for you. It's been my experience that if someone has fired a lawn service, they don't usually rehire that service if they've found a good replacement. I also wouldn't recommend going to war with this guy. Just let it go. Spend your effort building your business and don't give one minute of thought to him.
    That's my advice.
    Hope that helps,

  4. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 675

    2nd that! You got the accounts, you won already. Do the best job you can and the customers will tell the guy to bug off for you.

    Remain professional when dealing with another LCO. Playing games either way will not solve anything in the long run. You win an account, you do the work, you lose the account, you find another, it is all part of business!
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Keep on working and doing the best you can on all your accounts.

    The drama is nnot needed and will just put up obstacles while trying to run your business.

    Try not to make enemies if you don't have to, It can only hurt you!

    Just pay no attention to this loser and keep up your hard work!

    My 2 Cents!
  6. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    As an "Old Buck" lol, what are you trying to accomplish by "going to war" with your competitor? Take the high road, you have the accounts, he lost, game set, and match. You have nothing to gain and more to lose if you caused him to somehow "Pay" for his contact with the customers. Customers probably would not appreciate hearing about how you went after their previous contractor.
  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    josh--say nothing to the competitor, unless he gets in your face. then open a can of whupbutt on his head.

  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,767

    Throw him off one of those "steep slopes" of yours LOL. I know I can go "pound sand"
  9. Fine Lines Lawn

    Fine Lines Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    I'm in agreement with all of the replies. Just let it go and let your work speak for itself. Don't even speak badly of a competitor, because his work speaks for itself.
  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    somethin dont sound right . his work is poor enough to have his customers looking elswhere. yet he is very persistent and no give up in him.an uncommon combination.
    but takes all kinds i guess

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