Giving pre-season discounts.

Green Acres

LawnSite Senior Member
I was thinking of giving a 10% discount to new customers if they schedule there lawn and landscape needs now. That way I would have an idea of how much work I will have this spring and could do scheduling now and get all the supplies around and ready and get any new tools if I need them. Also I wouldn't have to compete against three or four other bids to get the job. Just wanted to see what everyone thought or if anyone has done anything like this.
 

SLSNursery

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
West Haven, CT
We don't discount landscape jobs, but we do offer a 5% seasonal pre-pay discount for lawn maintenance contracts. If we send out contracts out in February/March we expect full payment by April for the total amount of the contract minus 5%, plus sales tax. I think that 10% is too generous. We tried it at first, about 4 years ago, and there was really no difference between the customers who took it for 5% versus 10%.

Before you consider discounts, make sure you get signed contracts for the work. I really don't know how you could discount landscaping work now, not knowing availabilty or prices of material. It would be quite dangerous to discount too much work, so I advise being cautious.
 

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