Ever mow the wrong yard?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rjh4758, May 31, 2010.

  1. rjh4758

    rjh4758 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    I mowed the wrong yard today. Had new customer contact me this week to start mowing 4 rentals they have. They gave me directions to 3 of them and an address to the forth. There happened to be 2 red homes with cream shutters on the same street.

    I just unloaded and made the first pass when a car pulled in. I could tell he wanted to talk so I stopped. That's when he told me I was at the wrong place. Then he asked me how much to mow his yard so I told him the price and said to just finish mowing because he didn't have the time to do it. So I picked up an extra yard.

    Thankfully the right home had the same size yard so my estimate was OK.

    Ever happen to anyone else?
  2. CowboysLawnCare

    CowboysLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Haha, no, it hasn't happened yet but I always worry about it.
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Maybe I should just drive around and mow yards that need it lol. I had a friend help me on busy day he edged the wrong yard guess he didn't see me go through the gate lol. This is why OSHA requires pre-job briefings.
  4. bobhardt

    bobhardt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    No but it has crossed my mind before when Im on a new property for the first time. " Am I at the right address?" :laugh:
  5. FiveOJoe

    FiveOJoe LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 249

    No, but I know a lady who came home one day and a roofer was just finishing her new roof, which she didn't order.

    He was on a "Lane" when he should have been around the corner on a "Court".
  6. rjh4758

    rjh4758 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    ouch!!!! That one cost$$$
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    Not personally, but yes some of my employees [when I had them] have mowed the wrong place before. One time they mowed a small apartment when they were supposed to mow the duplexes beside them and to make matters worse one had a trash bag in his back pocket which got sucked into a backpack blower.
  8. coxslawncare

    coxslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    pulled up to a rental property at the begining of this year, there were 2 houses on the street. One yard was calf high the other had a guy just finishing the yard. I didnt pay any attention, talked to the tenant and cut the tall yard. The next week I get a call asking if I had cut the property I had been asked about. Turns out the one I was supposed to cut was the one getting cut, the girls dad had come over to cut it and we just happened to be there at the same time. Still got paid for it though so it was ok
  9. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    it's crossed my mind a few times but haven't done it yet, I've had my guys plow the wrong driveways though :hammerhead:
  10. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    Years ago a friend of mine asked me to mow some of his lawns for him. He was a part time landscaper and didnt have time that week. He gave me the wrong address. I went up and knocked on the door and no one answered so I unloaded, started mowing and a guy came out yelling at me that he just seeded his lawn. The lawn was high but I saw the seed which is why I knocked and called my buddy. He said the guy called him the other day saying it really needed to be mowed, I described the house and he said go ahead. What a pita...the guy freaked a little. Thats what I get for trying to do favors for people. It was in a cookie cutter neighborhood and it just so happened that the houses looked very similar, same color and everything.

    Last year one of my customers had guys start to demo her deck. Set up tools and sawzalled her railings off before she noticed. I ended up building her a new deck.

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