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Old Ladies, What are they thinking?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by howardsells2000, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    I just wanted to share this with everyone. It happened to me today and I thought it was funny. I have a very old lady customer who lives in a end of group town home, she is about 90 years old. The yard is not very big, I charge her $25.00. She was asking me today about raking and bagging the grass when I'm done. I use gator blades and mulch everything. It usually works very well but last month when we were getting rain the grass got a little thick and there was some clippings left showing. She only wants me to cut every two weeks so I explained that if she had me cut every week we wouldn't have this problem. Anyway she offered to pay me a $1.00 more if I would rake and bag the grass. Wow, a whole dollar. I wanted to say something more but I just told her I don't have time to rake and bag the grass. She repeated it again. I don't mind paying an extra dollar to get it done.

    Anyway, I think she is living in the past. Next year I am going to raise her price to $30.00. She will probably freak out about that. Oh well, I thought it was funny.
  2. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    @ 90 she doesn't have too much future so i'm sure she is living in the past. Can't you just blow the clippings?
  3. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    thats nothin one of my biggest lawns is only $40 and it almost 2 acres and she says she doesnt want to spend that much money and now she wants us to go every 3 weeks. if i have to double cut shes getting a bill she will never forget.
  4. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    $40 for 2 acres?? Is christmas early this year? :hammerhead:
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Well at 90 years old she can remember when a dollar was a weeks wage at hard work and she lived through the depession when $1.00 bought food for the famaly for a wk.
    If you live to her age and can't do certain task any more you will offer an extra $20 for something and someone will think your a little crazy also
  6. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    In the 1970s people were getting 1.50 -$2.00 an hour for weeding etc when you are 90 that was not very long ago, thats why we get old folk offering silly money, they are not trying to rip you off, they do not genuinly know todays pricing. :)
  7. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    Hey quality I think they where talking to CUT. CA. OH yeah and most of them do know they value of a dollar I mean they still buy gas,food,clothes and cars. they just use the fact that they are older to see if you will cut them a break. also the ones that do this don't value your service very much. We have half that try and use that I'll give you a dollar cr@p, the other half have no problem paying and usually tip me as well. Just so you know those ones offering that dollar are probably some of your most well off customers ever notice after they pay you a dollar extra for work that should be min. twenty. next week you show up and they are having their patios re-done, house remodel,Etc and they are acting like money is not an issue.But when it comes to you woah thats alot of many to pay my lawn boy. Just our .02 cents take em our leave em.
  8. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Theres nothing wrong with Old people. Well yeah there is. They drive tooo dam slow on the roads.
  9. 2nd Chance

    2nd Chance LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 86

  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Hey Danny-- you forgot one- Viagra- or do you only take that on Fridays:) :laugh:

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