New to the board as a member but have enjoyed reading and learning from all who contribute to this site. The situation I've run into is unique to me and I could use some imput. I am a certified pesticide applicator and operate a small 1 man operation. I do not undersell my services and take great pride in offering top notch service. I got a call last month from a guy who wanted me to quote fertilizer service for his yard for 2005. He had told me over the phone he had a room added to the back of the house and the contruction left his back yard "Bare Dirt", and asked if I did seeding. I said I would take a look at it. I do slit seeding and just the run of the mill overseeding but stay away from hardscape work. I left him a quote for Fertilizer treatments and a note saying he needed to have the yard tilled and graded before any seed was put down and suggested he call a landscape company. 2 weeks go by and he calls in desperation for me to "Throw down Seed". I made a call to someone I know with a Kubota and tiller attachment. Together we priced $900.00 just to till and seed his back yard which is 5000 sq.ft. Another week passes when he makes the call to me to say "Do it". Of course it rains for 2 weeks before I can get to it. Now it is getting too late in the fall to seed and I feel like I'm against the wall. I take advantage of a 3 day rainless window and go to the property. It is covered with leaves, the yard is full of construction debris and I'm ready to go back home. His wife comes out and said they just want some grass to keep the mud and errosion to a minimum over winter. She seems nice and after giving her a conservative estimate on results because of the time of year and conditions of the site I commit to coming back in the spring and seeding any spots that do not grow in. I start to work. The ground is dry enough to till except for a small patch and when done he hand rake the whole yard, spread seed and cover with straw. Of course the wife is no where to be found when we are done and I leave an invoice on the door. Three days later, the homeowner calls and said that his "Lawn Guy" said the ground was too lumpy and it should have been dragged smooth before seeded. He had already raked up the straw and was going to let the "Lawn Guy" reseed it. Naturally, he felt that he should not have to pay my invoice if it needed to be redone but showed some "Compassion" and said he would pay a portion of it to cover expenses. 3 weeks have gone by and no payment. I drove past the house today and someone had done extensive landscaping and put in a fence. Fresh straw was laid down suggesting to me this re-do was just completed. I seldom get unhappy customers and when I do, go out of my way to keep them happy but I feel that this joker didn't even give me a chance to make corrections. Also, he asked for just a "Seeding" if wanted the back nine at Augusta I would have begged off. Not to mention, I raked the whole yard, picked out broken concrete and messed up my best pair of workboots. $900.00 seems dirt cheap now. Should I demand full payment? Accept a partial payment, or just take my lumps?