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Pain in the Butt

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfman33, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    I just picked up a house lawn about 3 weeks back. The dad has bought it for his daughter and they park everywhere. It's in the same neighborhood that I'm in which has narrow streets and not many places to park. I can never get outside their house I had a problem with the guy next door to them because i had to block his drive VERY slightly and today they had parked outside the house the other side of them. So, I had to walk down to the property with my stuff to get the job done. Now, the dad don't live there and probably don't know whats going on. Anybody got advise? Anybody had the customers from hell before?

  2. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Who's paying you?

    As some of us have stated when there is a problem "CONTACT THEM" Tell who ever is paying you the situation.

    Give them a two weeks notice to comply via the mail in addition to talking with them. Let them know a letter is coming.

    The letter contains an increase in the fee and or termination.

    If your not comfortable with being that direct, then LEAVE NOTES ON THE CARS of that particular house that. 1 - they have a driveway, 2 - you need an open area to park only for the time of doing their maintenance.

    Or you can do this. Skip a week if there is no place for you to park. leave a not at the house. Stating you stopped by, was not able to cut due to no place to park. They will be billed for the visit.
  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    I hear ya man....

    Yeah, I guess weve all had those houses from hell where the people are jerks, the lawns are shyt and they dont really generate enough $$$ to make it worth our while for all the BS which we have to put up with just to cut the grass.

    MY advice-

    park on the median/curb if avail. If not, wait until a neighbor isint home and use their drive and if you are confronted play dumb (sounds odd but just make some reason up as to why youare parked on the front of their drive) Then just get your gear together and blow the place out as fast as possible. Teh godo thing is that sonce it is only a young girl living their, she prob wont bust you balz about little things.

    We deal with these houses often, this is simply what we do..if the people conplain...F'em and see ya later!
  4. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Glan and LandscapeEscape88,

    First the dad is paying the bill and There is more then one girl living there. It looks like a college house.

    Thanks guys

  5. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Talk with the people that are living on the property. Be nice, just let them know that you will be there around a certain time and day and that in order to service the property you need room to park your equipment. If they don't make an effort to accommodate you figure out if you need to raise the price or move on. If you ask nicely and explain the situation most people will be reasonable.
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    If you can afford to , I'd drop the account. I've turned down a few lawns were there isn't anywhere to park. I had one lady who told me that I could park in the field next to her house. I could imagine myself getting stuck in some hidden soft area. I said no thank you to that one.
  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Talk with the person paying the bill and let them know you need to get your equipment close to the job site or else they will have to find someone else. It is of course if you can afford to lose the account and pick up another one.

  8. hortboy

    hortboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Assuming this is a postage stamp size lot, just what I have done, double park the trailer and get the work done. All of us fall under the catergory of local delivery and sometimes it is necessary to double park and block traffic.

    another thing to consider, drop your partner off and have him cut it and you trim the front and blow off the front while watching for cars coming down the street.

    I've went as far as having my partner cut the front yard enough for me to pull my truck and trailer right on the front yard.

    Keep in mind the three cases have never been at estates just normal blue collar homes.


    PS You should never drop a job due to parking, just turn your hazards on and get the job done.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    unless thats a wholelotto money ... i wouldnt fool with it. they gonna beat u sooner or later anyway... its just that younguns away from home,, the first time
    live in another world ,,,with values different than they will ever be,, when they join the real world... no offence intended to u young college people.,, u got enough to deal with without critisism
    fro me.

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