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I cant win

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bohiaa, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    so a lady calls me up last night at 10:00 pm....

    YES ten pm..... BLA BLA BAL all the useual, so. I agree to give her a bid today.....

    I went and it was crap....weeds all in the front yard. "they live in a trailer"

    in places knee high
    looks like they have about 30 to 40 acers. the neabor cuts it with the brush hog...... But he wont cut up arond the house.....

    Not a lot to cut on my part.

    I REALLY DIDNT want it...... so I gave her an estimate. of 380.00....

    knowing that's wayyyy to high..... she says ok Do you work on Saturdays..

    I do NOW.........:cry:
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Beats sitting at home and $380 in the pocket to boot.:drinkup:
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    make sure you get a contract signed. I'd hate for you to get stiffed working on a Saturday. I'd also get prepayment when you show up the first time so they don't leave while you're working.
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    That is great! But why do you have to do it on Satuday? I only work weekends when I HAVE to or I feel like it. Otherwise, I spend time with the wife and kids, do paper work, and equipment maintenance.
    Is that $380 per month or per cut?
  5. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    They live in a trailer and let their yard get out of control, but they are going to pay 380 to have their yard mowed up around their trailer. You said not a lot of mowing, what does that mean 20 minutes of mowing? It sounds like they want a free cut to me.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Beware of late callers, they have no respect for you out the door. I say forget it!
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I did a one time cut for a guy living in a crappy trailer with a crappy little trailer lot. I bid it high. He said OK (over the phone). I was weary of the whole thing. But when I showed up to do it, he had left a money order for the amount taped to his front door. I would do it again, no doubt.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I'm just wondering why you answered the phone at 10pm....not normal biz hours. Anyway if you make a good chunk of change, that's good.
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    na it'a a one timer...

    it may be like 2 to 3 hrs cutting time...
    I'm kind of full for weekly cuts, not really taking on any more customers unless, it's a real good one.
    there is just no way I could fit it in anywhere, they have family comming in on Monday, she really wanted it done on SAturday. today....

    yup Great money, it's just one of those things that I really dont wanna do..
    I just never thought they would go for it......

    lesson learned, next time I dont want one.... bit it at 500.00
  10. Wolfbass

    Wolfbass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    If you are sure you don't want the job, don't try to avoid it by bidding too high--just tell the customer you are not interested and leave it at that.

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