Yearly Maintenance Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by born2farm, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK. Next year we want to try to implement some yearly maintenance contracts on our higher end accounts. Has any body had good luck with this?

    I also would like to know what all you include in your price besides just mowing, mulching and plowing. i have a pretty hefty list so i need to cut some of it out. just trying to get ideas from what others are doing.

  2. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
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    bump bump bump
  3. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I service my properties year round, no contract yet but I am going to start having them sign one. Weekly cutting in the Summer, Bi-weekly in the Winter. We only cut when the snow isn't covering the lawn, that's a big problem down here:laugh:
  4. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh and BTW your sig is funny, I work for a company called Curb Appeal part time as well.
  5. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    Almost all my clients are monthly.I dont use contracts unless their com.What I do is say 40 a cut or 130 a month.It sounds cheaper untill the grass stops growing.Then you get to blow and go.If their not going to pay,they wont with a contract.It will help in small claims but even then you probly wont get paid.Broke is broke and an ass is an ass and no court can fix that.If the threat of court is going to get them to pay then a letter informing them that your att. will be filing for a lean should work without the court.
  6. born2farm

    born2farm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ya same here. i am basically incharge of most of the work in the field and he takes care of the buisness end. next year i will be leading a crew then the year after he is selling the buisness to me. I will operate under his company name just because it is well established.
  7. skennedy04

    skennedy04 LawnSite Member
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  8. Green Up

    Green Up LawnSite Member
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    First, I would try to find out what they want you to do. Some customers already know what they want. As for large contracts, ask them for a specifcation sheet. Most large businesses have made some form of spec. sheet out. READ IT CLOSELY? You can get your self in very deep with the small print. I have learned that you can sell a 12 month contract easier than a smaller one. It is all about figures. Estimating the time that you will spend on the job and calculating the amount may be your biggest step. Crawl before you run!!!

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