getting paid after you dump them

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, May 14, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    how many of you had to dump a customer for whatever reason, and how hard was it to get paid the final bill after you dumped them?
  2. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    not hard after I turned them over to a collection agency
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    No problem whatsoever. Of course, all of my contract customers are required to pay for the month in advance!
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    I don't know about NJ, but here in the sunshine state a licensed contractor can lean their house if they refuse or fail to pay without just cause. Just the threat of that usually opens up their wallet quick.
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    oh, believe me, i know how to get my money, i'm just asking, do they try and pull a fast one if u need to cancel them? my experience shows, that when u tell them you are cancelling, they don't think they need to pay the balance owed.
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    i have never gotten stiffed (KOW)

    my father is a lawyer, so im sure a lien would be up pretty quick, then court.
  7. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I always get one month up front and call it the last month's service pre-paid. Only way I'd get hurt is if I cancel the agreement I'd owe them one month's refund or a free month's mowing.
  8. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    I had to do it once. The day after I dropped them I sent them a letter telling them what would happen if they didn't pay. Received the check 3 days after I sent the 1st letter.

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