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weekly vs. occasional comm. pricing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by captaingreen, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    Normally I never ask pricing questions, however I would like an opinion on this. I called back a guy I had done an estimate for the other day, who owns an apartment complex. I told him the price, he says 'sounds good', large area I'm slightly cheaper and may be doing his other comm. stuff. Anyway he asks about frequency, I say once weekly unless it gets dry in July-August then I'll mow accordingly. He says 'Well I may mow it occasionally to help cut costs down, so can I just call if I am going to be mowing that week'. Obviously this is a pain in the hiney for scheduling purposes, but I have ALOT of business in that area and could handle the extra workload. My weekly mow,edge,trim and blow quote was $180.00 for the place, approx. 3-3.5 hours of work. What kind of price do you think I should offer for the 'occasional' option?
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Sounds like a PITA to me. I dont think I would get involved, but if you can work it in and it does not bother you, then go ahead. Sounds like he might want to mow in the summer, when its not growing, or he might mow half of it (what he perceives as half) and want you to come finish up. I would be careful.
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Been there...done that...

    Part of this deal was to service his account every other week. He said he would maintain it on my "off" weeks. I agreed...stupid, stupid, stupid...

    He would often be "busy" or it "rained" so he couldn't get to it. So much for our gentlemen's agreement. We wound up mowing it twice and bagging the darn thing. Charged him for it...rightly so IMO cause he was not holding up his end of the deal. He paid me but we've parted our ways. Hopefully it will work out for you but be carefull. Good luck.
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Like Marco said, this guy sounds like a potential PITA, and you may just want to pass this one up. But, if you don;t mind with putting up with his BS mow it myslef stuff go ahread and take it on. My advice would be not to offer any discount. The price is $180.00 per visit regardless. But be aware, when he mows him self, he is likely to do only that, probably not trim or edge.
  5. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I would say pass it up. Sounds like he wants to be the one telling you when it should be cut. Sorry sounds like a pita and would only use and abuse you and you equipment. Just my .02

  6. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    Thanks for the opinions, basically that's what the little voice in the back of my head was saying. I'm thinking I'll tell him $180 for weekly mowing, $240 otherwise.
  7. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I say tell him....."This is the way it is going to be if you want me to do it". To much of a PITA if he "occasionally" does it. Sounds like he is proce shopping and figures if he cuts your pay here and there you won't mind....I would!

    Either lay down the law or walk on bro....
  8. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Doesn't work, plain and simple! You know, and I know, it will turn into a headache. It's just a matter of when.
  9. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    Good idea. Best to walk away from PITAS, or if you can stomache them just up the cost.
  10. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    What i was starting to think is.. if he does half and you do half.. someones gonna notice that you do work at this apartment.. Their gonna think you do shitty work. (im not saying that you do, but that's what they'll think). I woulnd't want someone doing half of the work for me, then me cleaning it up. I don't know if it makes sence about you looking like you do a bad job. If anything, if it were me, ide tell him that i would mow when the grass is growing the most (lets say april-june) then he can take over from july on..

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