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Mowing Schools

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by agm, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
    Messages: 178

    I am giving an estimate today for a local charter school for mowing........well basically all landscape maintenance. The guy that I met with was telling me that if we get the winning bid that they wouldn't want any of the work done until school lets out for the day 3:30 pm. I understand his concern for the safety of the kids and the noise and all but, trying to schedule that into when they want it done would be kind of tough. Have any of you guys ever had a situation like this? If you have what do you do?
  2. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    I just mow after 3:30! Its not a huge deal to me unless it cant be done before dark. If you think about it, thats really not a unrealistic request. If you tell them that you are unable to abide- im sure they will find someone that doesn't have a problem with cutting after 3:30.
  3. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    do it saturday mornings!
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I'm with the general consensus, most contract-based jobs are like this anyway,
    they want things on their terms and either bend over and take it or they find
    someone else.

    Probably the one reason I don't have much luck with contracts,
    but as a solo the interaction between owner and customer is
    entirely different than for a larger company, too.

    Your choice, I guess.
  5. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    we do a few school most is done after school or weekends which I like the best but got one they want us to do during school at a elem school takes about 3 times as long too many bells lucky we only do it when they cant.
  6. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    This is the correct answer. You don't want to be there during school hours, unless it's a large complex where you can be on whatever area of turf isn't being used.

    We do a district with the Senior High on a Tuesday, we do all the playing fields, then work our way towards the school building. Once we get up around the school, it's late enough in the day where school is out, and all the teams are practicing on the fields.

    The other 3 elementary schools and one middle school are all done on a Saturday, or part of a Sunday if needed.
  7. Rhinox29

    Rhinox29 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I do 2 charter schools this way. I'm there 20 minutes after the last bell. I also have a day care I do when all the kids leave after 6 p.m. The only time I have a problem is when it starts getting darker (time change). Then if needed, I work on Saturday to get it done. If you like the money you will adjust your schedule.

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