Per Cut, Monthly, Yearly...What's your take on it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawn, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    if its agreed upon ahead of time.

    my agreement with all my snow removal clients is 2" or greater. that doesn't mean let the 2" fall and wait and see if its going to melt. I would get started on who I could and stop once it started to melt.

    in fact I've done this before. I've started a route only to have it warm up and start to melt. some paid for service others did not. no one was upset.

    but hey I guess I'm just the guy down the street so what do I know......:laugh:
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I need to take a break from

    Actually my trigger is 2 inches of snowfall, not 2 inches of accumulated snow. So if we get 2 inches of snow that all melts as soon as it hits I guess I should go ahead and charge them even if I don't plow?
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    no you made an excellent clarifying point.

    my trigger is 2" of accumulated snow. as soon as we have that I'm on my commercial lots.

    unless its a large amount of snow expected residentials usually wait until its done snowing.

    take a break darryl. no need to exhaust
  4. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Midlothian, VA
    Messages: 617

    Sometimes its hard not to be negative. Anytime you take advantage of a client you display your business ethics and close the door to future business. My conscience would keep me up at night if i ran out the door and plowed someones drive and found out that the snow melted on its own and hoped the customer wouldn't care. I dont care if they care or not - I care.
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  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    well I haven't had a client yet that's ever been upset that I plowed there snow when it would have melted on its own later in the day. most understand you can't predict the weather.

    they would rather have it plowed so they know its gone than hope the weather melts it later.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    No, they weren't upset, but you said earlier that some don't pay because of you wasted time and fuel and put wear and tear on your rig with no return...sorry but that's plain ummmm...unsmart.

    Sorry I have to go beat my head against the wall for a while.......I love it because it feels so good when I stop!
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    My snow contracts specifically state if snow melts on its own during the day. I don't show up. I watch weather and condtions like a hawk on my smartphone.

    My flate rate clients have a 1.5 to 2" trigger but I always over deliver. Simply good PR.
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  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    we're did I say some don't pay b/c of it :confused:

    if I did it was a typo. all my clients pay for services or get turned over to a collection agency. I must have made a spelling/grammar error.
  9. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Happens to the best of us. :laugh:
  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    So A&P super market is not a real business?

    Mobil gas stations are not a real business?

    Restaurants are not real business'?

    Barber shop is not a real business?

    Macy's is not a real business?

    Utilities provide a continuous service 24/7. There are meters to record usage automatically. This is why they bill you monthly. Pay the water co. after you flush your morning piss. Then pay the water co to fill your coffee pot and the gas co. to perk your coffee. Then pay the water co. to take a shower and the gas co. to heat the water. You didn't even cook breakfast yet or left the house. You could wind up writing 30 checks before you go to work.

    Those that need the trappings of large corporation to feel they have a real business must have self image issues.

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