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something that Everyone may miss when giving a bid...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dcgreenspro, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    I recently picked up a common area job around my house. I bid it based on looks and how much time I thought it would take me. Man, I walked out to the first part of the property this morning and it looked like a trash truck overturned. Oh well, I thought, it's next to a major road....wrong. Every area I went to today had some form of trash whether it be new (sitting on top of the grass) or old (buried beneath the weeds). What should have taken me not even 3 hours ended up being 5 1/2. I hauled out 6 30 gallon trash bags and triple cut every area (grass was very neglected).
    All in all, it's a lesson learned that I probably will never forget.
  2. GreenthumbGA

    GreenthumbGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    been there....never ending trash...
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Give them a price for installing some nice trash cans. Then give them the hard sell.
  4. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    Yeah, I hear ya. The amount of trash that I saw, I just couldn't believe people cared that little about their surrounding's.
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Also, never take on a customer living next to a store that sells lottery tickets.
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    I'll have to store that in the back of my head.
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    well here was my problem with that. I already had the yard and THEN teh state instituted the lottery :hammerhead: I have one across the street that sells them and one two doors down on the same side of the road that sells them. Freakin lottery. Wish this governor and those idiots in Nashville had a lottery ticket up their @$$!!
  8. davink

    davink LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    I once priced a clean up, had viewed the yard, looked fine. I went to do the cleanup a few days later there was trach all over like a 20 x 20 foot section on the side of the property. I spoke to the client, who was on their deck and asked what happened? They said that they had a bear get into the trash two days ago ang had not had time to clean it up, but since I am now there they were not going to worry about it. I did the clean up and mowed around it... then the wife looked out and asked why I left it, she figured I would clean it up. Istated that I am happy too, but that is an additional charge, they did not want to pay it, so i got what they owed me and left. That was that...

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I hear you about the trash. One property that I maintain, by the time I get from the front to the back and back again there is already trash again. It blows my mind because it's a pretty upscale neighborhood.
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,009

    Somebody needs to pay the " stupidity tax"

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