Real Estate NighMare

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wil22, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Wil22

    Wil22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I have a property management company giving me work. Most of the properties so far not too bad. Then they gave me this one today. This is a nightmare. The mangement said contact the people living in the house if I need too. But mow it and send us the bill.

    The front lawn is sloped and patchy. The tennant said you might not want to mow the back because the when it rains the river rises and covers the back lawn. In addition to that, the plumbing in the house is messed up and feces flows into the back lawn located near the black pipe in the photos.

    The city contacted the owner and gave them a warning to get the lawn mowed. The back has to be pushed mowed/ weed wacked.

    How would you guy's handle this one and what would you charge? Would you do front and back or just do the front? I'm sure some of you guy's have had similar situations. I've never seen a property like this before.

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  2. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    $60.00 per hour.
    Mow with the Z-Turn everything but around the sewage spill.
  3. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,962

    Are you kidding?

    How badly do you need this account?

    You need to let somebody know about the sewage situation, it's a major violation. Especially next to a river.
  4. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    hmm, somebody is putting duke in the river, thats a no-no, mmm-kay
  5. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    What's next. You're on a slippery slope with this POS property.

    Run like Gump from this one. :laugh: :laugh:
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I got an email yesterday from a realtor wanting me to give him an estimate for a property they are selling. I went by it today to look at it. It was similar to the one your are asking about....minus the sewage, but more overgrown. I emailed him back to let him know that I was not interested and thanked him for contacting us. I've got a lot better things to do than mess with properties like that. You know that you allowed to say no.
  7. huh

    huh LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lubbock
    Messages: 251

    that is not half as bad as 100% of the properties I have mowed this year

    I have a new 21" homeowners Ariens that I bought for my house and just this type of lawn...just today the self propel went out on it, but my dealer is good to work with and she over charged me $100 on the echo saw I bought today so she will probably wauranty the mower even though she knows I do commercial....and of course she will give me the $100 back because I know it was an honest mistake

    if you have the equipment to wear out then just double the price of normal....maybe 2.25X

    I will move towards good clients one day, but for now these work for me

    oh....PS with the crap there.....Im OUT!

    I will mow dog crap or walmart bags if done see them or whatever, but the human waste is a HELL NO!
  8. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    No first thing you must do is to get a signed contract authorizing you to do the work. Give them an estimation on what it will cost them if they bite then do the job. Trust me they very well may have gotten several estimates already hoping for a fool to under estimate the job. Get half of the money up front. If they except your estimate go and grab a couple of your friends and have some fun with it. In my area this is considered a clean up different rates apply. If you need to go to a rental store etc do it. I would also put a bid in on raising the trees too. Bottom line what ever you charge them will be alot cheaper than the daily fine from the city. But dont underprice yourself. This type of job is like moving it doesnt seem that much until you start to move it. Price per job not per hour. Depending on the size use a brushcutter but becareful of the snakes.
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

    I get 60 an hour for flat stright cuts....

    I'm thinking around 300.00

    But of corse I'm expensive

    REmember you WILL ruin a set of blades on this one
  10. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,962

    You guys keep forgetting about the sewage.

    He mentioned that the river rises into the property, that means the sewage is all over the grass/vegetation. When you go in there to mow you will be flinging that dookie all over the place, including yourself.

    Human waste is a major source of bacteria and disease.

    This is a waste site. Call the EPA!

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