Half now half later?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by harddog00, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Is it okay to ask for a down payment? If so what is the best way to ask?
    Job; is a tree trimming job
     
  2. Ooomwizard

    Ooomwizard LawnSite Senior Member
    from atlanta
    Messages: 296

    Yes, but usually only if the job takes more than a day or two.

    You can say it's a retainer to put the customer on your schedule. And less than half would be more appropriate, in my opinion.

    If you were the customer would you feel comfortable giving money before any work or materials arrive?
     
  3. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I estimate two 10 hour days....How do i bring it up (retainer fee)
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    I ask for a deposit only when their is a significant outlay of supplies and material, your outlay is 20 hrs labor and some mix gas and oil.
     
  5. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    i only get money up front if it is a big job with a lot of material cost.then i type up a agreement and i set up a draw schedule
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Ya, I agree I would be embarrassed or silly to ask for a deposit on a job like this unless I did not trust the guy or had a bad feeling but then I probibly wouldent have taken the job if that was so
     
  7. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Yea, i will prob. just pull out the visa, i hate asking for some pay up front.

    Thanks gentlemen
     
  8. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    anything over $1000 I ask for 50% before we start and the rest when we finish
     
  9. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Whats the best way to bring it up without making them feel uncomfortable?
     
  10. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    I just tell em its our policy havent had any problem yet
     

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