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Little kids stealing lawns!?!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turf Ranger, Jul 6, 2002.

  1. Turf Ranger

    Turf Ranger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Has any1 eles had this happen to them??? i was in a bid on a great peice of property, it had no fences or anything and pretty wide open... well to get to it, this ladie was looking for some lawn care.. one guy bid it at $70 and placed a bid at $50... figuring i would get it.. well she never called, and i went by her house a few times, but she was never there..... SO yesterday i go out there to find that some 8 yr old kid was mowing that yard that i wanted, and i guess his parents... the kid is probably doing it for like popscicles or something... anyways this sucks
  2. SpicknSpan

    SpicknSpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i hear ya man!

    I have to register with the city, carry $1m liability insurance and buy my own gas, then some snot rag kid with dads mower and gas takes our work. I could try reporting them to the city but then i wouldn't get any work done, playing copper all day. (Hey, isn't that city employee's job description ENFORCEMENT.)

    You can't beat 'em on price man. You got to snake 'em at their own game. Their trump is price because they have no expenses (thanks dad), you however should have better equipment, reliability, insurance, service, manpower, etc. As soon as you see the grass is slightly to long, go in with your pitch.

    Do not go softly into that good night, but rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Spick n Span
  3. JJOHN22042

    JJOHN22042 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 159

    Think this has happend to all of us. But we all started as kids also. I would say good for Him and keep watching most kids don't stay doing this for long other things come up like School ,Sports,Girls. Then the Lady will be calling you.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    It happens. But if she is hiring a kid she really wasn't looking for a professional. Keep looking for the real customers. Maybe in the long run she call you back.

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    Turf Ranger- This lady sounds like your classic penny-pincher and consider yourself lucky you don't have to deal with her. Good luck!

  6. joehar

    joehar LawnSite Member
    from memphis
    Messages: 39

    AMEN!!!!! lawns and mower,you are so right. he would never make her happy.ive had custmers that ive wondered if doing the work free would even satisfy them.ive never looked in my mirror as i drove away!!! plenty of bussiness out there
  7. Alan Bechard

    Alan Bechard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    We lose lawns to this type of deal fairly regularly. Their kids, the neighbor kids, the new commercial guy that will do it $5 cheaper and not trim. It bothered us at first but after a couple of years you realize the folks will be back to you shortly when it gets hot and like someone else said other interests take hold. Then you have the choice whether you want to deal with this person and at what price.

    I doubt the deal will last long with the kid but sounds like a fair deal to me. He set the price, you provide the work. Who is to complain?
  8. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Dont always assume that because they are young they are undercutting you. By age 11 I was already running commerial equipment (wich I payed for) and was taking quite a bit of work from well established LCO's. I was threatend and confronted quite often by the companys thatw ere taking care of these propertys before me. You should have seen the look on these guys faces when they found out I was charging more then them. I did top notch work.... low price was never my reason for sucess. I can understand your fristrations about this. The advice I will offer to is to do the ebst quality of work you can and make yourself hard to replace! You learn the name of there family pet or mention a common interest between you and you are in for life! There is plenty of people who go for quality of work...not just price!
  9. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    unless i'm reading wrong, you bid at $50? i believe that is what you meant to type.

    so you got beat at your own game. i hate when 17yr old kids underbid me by a third of my prices, thats what YOU did to that other LCO. I guess its only natural you get underbid by an 8 yr old.

    welcome to the game...

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