What do you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PLS-Tx, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    What do you do when you get a call for an estimate and you go by and look at the lawn and it's not something you want to do?

    How do you tell the people without offending them, that you don't want to do the lawn?

    I'm mainly talking about if it's junky, trashy or just an overall mess.
  2. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    You give them a price that would make you glad to do the lawn.
  3. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    You double your price n ask for payment up front
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Say your at the wrong house:laugh:
  5. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    You double the price you would normally do it for and see if they bite.
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I just tell them their property is not allow me to work the way I want to work. In some cases, it is too big (I don't want a job that takes more than 2 hrs), has difficult terrain (at 65 I don't move as well as I did when I was much younger), requires use of a particular kind of mower (I make my best money when I can keep my large mower running, ... ), or the property does not allow me to make good use of the equipment that I presently own.

    I've never had anybody question my explanation and I never felt any of them were offended. There is nothing wrong with using the truth to make your claim -- why make up a false reason?
  7. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    give em a sky-high price....
  8. beautifullawns

    beautifullawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    out price yourself. It is the easiest way to get out of it.
  9. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I try to explain to them that because of the condition it is in, it will cost them alot to get it in good shape. This is usually enough to discourage them. If that does not work, use John's line.:laugh:
  10. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    I like it.... Ilike it a lot :)

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