Lost an account after 25+ years

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Haggerty, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Had the "circle" since my son was in diapers. He's 29 now.
    It's a 1.19 acre circle of trees and grass surrounded by "upscale" houses. (Upscale for Wilmington)
    They'd never upgrade. Wouldn't prune a limb. Limbs down to the ground. Each of the 13 houses own a little piece. So the association could never agree on anything.
    I'm glad to see them go.

    What's a long term client for all of you?

  2. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    That is incredible to have an account for over 25 years! I have had some of the same clients to for over 6 years but that is nothing compared to you.

  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I have two that are now in their 22nd season. Both have moved, one of them has moved twice, and I mow his second house still for those owners.

    This is the same guy that in 1984 ran over my brand new AGWAY weed wacker (bottom engine !) with his car that I had sitting in his flower garden. :rolleyes:

    Him or I will never forget that day!
  4. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253


    You didn't look that old Tommy. :D
  5. steve225

    steve225 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I still have four customers frm 23 yrs. ago.
    and 14 for over 20 yrs.

    Steve, Greenview Lawn Service Inc.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We have a number of the same customers we started with 9 years ago. And a couple of them I have never met in all those years. Wouldn't know them if I passed them on the street. Oh well, as long as the checks keep coming, who cares?
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I have several accounts ive been doing for 10 years now. A few have moved over the years and ive continued to maintain there new home.
  8. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,909

    I have 4 from 1994 2 from 1996. I have only lost 7 customers over the course of the years since 1994..1 from a dissagrement and the rest from moving out of state or to a condo.
  9. Green Goblin

    Green Goblin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    here's a question for you long term guys... what did you start the price of their yards at, and what do you do them for now?
  10. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,909

    All same exact price! it will kill you but they like it. I have had a few raise it on me which is nice!

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