How do you guys politely decline a property?

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  1. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
    Messages: 510

    Had a call this morning about this upcoming season. The potential customer wants spring clean up and weekly maintenance. Mo/Blo/Go. So they give me the address and I immediately go on Zillow and find the property. It’s a foreclosure. In the pics on Zillow it looks pretty rough. So I said I’ll drive by there. I ride over to the property and holy cow.
    It’s a nightmare. And I don’t want to take the property. How would you guys hand this?
     
  2. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 8,785

    If it's the new homeowner that bought the foreclosure I would say.....

    After viewing the property I feel it wouldn't be a good fit for the types of properties we currently service.

    It's what I say.

    If it's a management company and it's still a vacant house just say no thanks, not taking anything on right now.
     
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  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,195

    just tell them sorry but the property doesn't fit your business model at this time.
     
  4. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
    Messages: 510

    I was thinking of using my old tactics. Price it so high that they decline the bid.
     
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  5. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 8,785

    That works too, but some jobs aren't worth any amount of money....that's up to you in this job but I tend to say what I posted because it's pretty final.
     
  6. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,013

    "due to a recent surge in upcoming contracts for the 2019 season, I currently cannot accept additional accounts at the moment, should schedules change we will contact you promptly."
     
  7. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,160

    So this someone buying the foreclosed property and is asking you for future service right?

    If you don't need/want anymore customers or don't want to deal with the rigors of getting the place back into shape then yes, what was advised by the above posts should do.

    I just wanted to mention though that some distressed properties can be diamonds in the rough.

    Old owner didn't give a care, but maybe the new one wants the property to look good and is willing to pay for your service.
     
  8. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
    Messages: 510

    This property is jacked up. It’s old big screen TVs in the yard. Clothes,broken glass in the yard. It’s gonna take two trips to the land field with tree brush. It’s a downed tree in the back. The back hasn’t been mowed since last year. It’s broken furniture in the yard. A box spring to a bed in the yard. With the spring rush coming I’m not wanting to fool with honestly
     
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  9. Spartan57

    Spartan57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    That sounds like my old neighbors might have lived there.
     
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  10. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 16,118

    If you can start early and price all that clean up in your estimate add some cushionpayup
    if they will pay to come up to the level of your normal customers could be potential ..
    also is it close to you ?

    Id say both just my pennys worthThumbs Up
     
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