Mowing properties with out of state owners

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JeffNY, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. JeffNY

    JeffNY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I have one rental property I mow where the owner lives out of state, I set it up where I just mail him the bill at the month. I just picked up another rental property with the same thing, owner is out of state. Both these properties have 'Take Notice' signs on the doors, I guess that means they're condemmed. Makes me a little nervous about getting the money.

    Any tips, or suggestions for dealing with OOS customers?

  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    nothing wrong with it, you did get them to sgin a contract didn't you?

    if you didn't it will be impossable to collect if they dont pay
  3. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    We have a dozen or so of them. They pay with credit cards.
  4. JeffNY

    JeffNY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    They both will have contracts, I've only got one mow into one place so far
  5. CrewKut

    CrewKut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    How about a signed contract and advanced payment. If you don't receive next months payment, then you don't cut.

    Short of those two things, you really don't have any reasonable assurance that you will ever be paid. Chasing your money from an OOS customer on a condemned property after the fact would be counter productive.

  6. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    That's my favorite right there. I've got 2 accounts setup as prepay the month or no-mow.

    LBLC_LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 402

    Same here, I have a few that are out of state and they are all prepay. One of them just does a weekly autopay from their bank account, works out good, every week I get a check the day before I mow the property. I will never do an out of state without prepayment.
  8. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    I do three rentals where the owner lives out of state. I don't usually have a problem getting paid. Sometimes the tenant's are hard to deal with but oh well, it's decent money.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I hear you guys, I'd have to say OOS'ers are the largest piece out of the whole deadbeat cake.
    Now I usually do an address verification, once I have that we can proceed.

    Worst case scenario you can always do per service, but I definitely advise some caution with OOS'ers.
  10. clipperslawnservice

    clipperslawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    i have one , has payed in advance since day one.

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