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Hedgemaster
06-01-2012, 06:57 PM
This may be a bad idea for a thread, but I thought it would be funny to share pics of potential client's properties that were just NOT worth taking on - for any price.

I've gone to look at several over the last few days and at a few, I never even got out of the truck - I just drove on.
I SHOULD have taken a pic because some are SO unbelievable that a pic is the only way to fully appreciate the magnitude of the MESS that some people expect you to work with.

Heck, even if you don't have a photo, feel free to describe some of your "Oh, HELL no" estimates that left you wondering just WHO would actually TAKE the job.



I'll be back later with pics. :)

Sprinkler Buddy
06-01-2012, 07:54 PM
I actually like those now and then if they are willing to pay the price. They often aren't willing to pay. Lol

I like taking an overgrown dump and turning them back into a nice lawn again.

SECTLANDSCAPING
06-01-2012, 08:17 PM
didnt take? How about took but charged 4xs as much?

This guy thought he was saving money by waiting till june for his first mowing.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/392566_10150944710524544_605874543_9780727_1260263 886_n.jpg

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https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/249787_10150201823204544_7406163_n.jpg
Look at the picnic table! 20 acres of 12" high grass.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/253666_10150201823654544_7437687_n.jpg

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Hedgemaster
06-01-2012, 10:38 PM
I received a voicemail requesting a quote a few days ago.
"I live in Florida and I'm here visiting my mother - her grass hasn't been cut since I was here last - I need a quote to have it cut and I'm leaving on Thursday".

She did leave an address on the message and I looked it up online, but due to the trees, I couldn't get a good view of the property. I called and said I'd get over to take a look as soon as possible.
I ended up getting tied up and couldn't make it by Thursday, so I called to let her know. She said that it was OK - that she found someone who could do it the next day. She asked if I could still stop by for an estimate in case the other guy wasn't going to do it on a regular basis. "Sure, no problem", I said.
"Is that road a through way, or would I need to turn around?" I like to ask so I don't drive up a road with a trailer only to find no easy way out. She verified that it IS a dead end, AND noted that it was a dirt road. The other details she left out. I'll explain further later with video...

Keep in mind that I live in and service the suburbs of a CITY.
This is the entrance to her "street". (Yes, there's even a street sign)


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_164011.jpg


Also keep in mind that I had just put my chrome wheels back on and had washed my truck a few days ago. Against my better judgement, I decided to "Gopher it". ( :D )

Here's video of my journey IN to go do this estimate. I had a feeling that words would not adequately describe this, so I got out my phone and shot video...
(click image - you can then click in the bottom for full screen)

Video quality is degraded a bit by Photobucket, so it's not as clear as the original file.
Note that I did NOT upload the video of my trip OUT as a result of the excessive profanity. :o

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/th_20120601_164026.jpg (http://s1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/?action=view&current=20120601_164026.mp4)


NONE of these freaking properties had HOUSE NUMBERS. From what I could tell from her description and judging by the condition of the "lawn", I determined that this was the place...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_164536.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_164431.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_164524.jpg

You know, even if this lawn had been cut last WEEK, I still wouldn't have come back down that road to cut this property. I have no idea how anyone could travel that crater-filled "road" on a daily basis. I had made up my mind about fifty feet into that jungle passage that I wasn't coming back.

Side note:
I'd like to build a time machine so I could go back and beat the snot out of whatever redneck it was who created the first "tractor-trailer tire planter". On what planet does that look like something OTHER than an old tire turned into a pot?

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_164457.jpg

GO BUT A POT!
(end rant)




OH! And I got another voicemail asking if I had been by to look. "The guy who was supposed to cut it didn't show up."

Cripes. I wonder why. :rolleyes:

jrayb39667
06-01-2012, 10:53 PM
Haha, that looks like a yard in south MS, that people ask.... why are you going to charge me so much to cut it?

SECTLANDSCAPING
06-01-2012, 10:55 PM
Wow I was thinking the chainsaw massacre was going to hop out of the woods.

thats bad! Thats a bit more then overgrown buddy. You need a bobcat with a brush cutter attachment, probably $450-500 a day. With that machine you would be out of there in 20 mins. I wouldve told them $1500 knowing they would never pay it.

Sprinkler Buddy
06-02-2012, 06:40 PM
Love the video! Lol That's when you wish you hadn't had the trailer behind ya. I have been down that road a couple of times. Lol

Hedgemaster
06-02-2012, 07:21 PM
Love the video! Lol That's when you wish you hadn't had the trailer behind ya. I have been down that road a couple of times. Lol


Glad you enjoyed the show. :D

Holy crap I'm glad I asked ahead of time about the road and went without my trailer.


The worst part was I just washed the truck. Sure, it rained that day, but I wasn't expecting to go mudding...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_165249.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_165232.jpg



Look. A parasite!

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/Deliverance%20Estimate%20-%20Verona/20120601_165312.jpg


I'm washing the truck tomorrow and I'd better not find any scratches on the sides.

Hedgemaster
11-07-2012, 05:56 PM
I was watching the local news this evening when they mentioned a house fire in the area. I recognized the name of the road, but couldn't place it - until they started talking about the difficulty getting fire trucks and water to the remote location. They showed the "road", and I knew...

It was the house in the above post. The one with the charcoal grill in the driveway.
The grill was still there on the news footage - house burned badly - 90 year old and pet made it out alive.

I just watched the video (posted above) again and I'm still pissed that I went on that estimate!

SECTLANDSCAPING
11-07-2012, 06:13 PM
I was watching the local news this evening when they mentioned a house fire in the area. I recognized the name of the road, but couldn't place it - until they started talking about the difficulty getting fire trucks and water to the remote location. They showed the "road", and I knew...

It was the house in the above post. The one with the charcoal grill in the driveway.
The grill was still there on the news footage - house burned badly - 90 year old and pet made it out alive.

I just watched the video (posted above) again and I'm still pissed that I went on that estimate!
I cut a few of these yards and the reason was the FIRE MARSHALL! Its a safety issue but thats not why the homeowners paid it was because of the $500 fine.

Hedgemaster
06-10-2013, 07:30 PM
I forgot about this thread!

Here's one I had a call for last week.
"I'm calling to get a quote for lawn mowing."
No mention was made of the condition.

When I called back I asked if he was looking for weekly service.
"Maybe, but initially, just one cut" was the reply.


This is what I rode up to...


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_154910_zps08b23e64.jpg (http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/OakLeafLawnService/media/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_154910_zps08b23e64.jpg.html)


The back was the same way, but a steep slope... (pic was corrupted - sorry)

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_154948_zpsa54e0088.jpg (http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/OakLeafLawnService/media/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_154948_zpsa54e0088.jpg.html)


If there was a sidewalk, I sure as hell couldn't FIND it...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_155144_zps580a597f.jpg (http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/OakLeafLawnService/media/Estimates/No%20THanks%20PH/20130606_155144_zps580a597f.jpg.html)



I called and left a message that I didn't have time for such a job for at least the next several weeks.

Screw that. There was a utility shutoff notice on the front door, so I can't imagine this pig would pay what it's worth to do that crap job.

The sign is funny. "REDUCED" - I wonder why?
:rolleyes:

Steve
06-11-2013, 10:47 AM
Now that is some serious lawn growth!

xandrew245x
06-11-2013, 07:00 PM
This one will beat all the ones you posted:p

The only pictures I got were of the front yard and down along the front fence. I was getting ready to take a picture of the side yard and my phone went dead.

This all used to be a yard, but she said she has left it go for a couple years and now this is what it looks like. That fence in the front is at least 5' high just to give a reference.

The first picture is the small front yard, the second is looking up the driveway the small yard is on the right and she also wants some of it cut back to the left.
Last picture is down along the front of the property along the main road. Down the right side of the house looks like the rest of it does. The back is just high grass that she plans on mowing herself.

I plan to use a brush cutter on this and knock it all down, I quoted her $500 to cut it down and cut down a couple really small trees.

Steve
06-12-2013, 01:54 PM
Did they accept the bid? That would make for some great before and after pictures.

xandrew245x
06-12-2013, 03:26 PM
Yeah, I am going to do it next saturday. I plan on taking plenty of pictures.

Landmark Landscapes
06-14-2013, 09:14 AM
Ha ha! Those pictures are great. What a mess!

Hedgemaster
07-30-2013, 08:12 PM
I don't have a pic, but allow me to paint a visual image for you...


I get a message today from a well-spoken gentleman who seemed very detail oriented. (yet did not follow my instructions to leave an address for a quote)

I called back and he said that he found me on An@ie's List - said that he saw that I had excellent ratings and would like to schedule a time to meet to look at his lawn on Saturday (today is Tues) for weekly service.
I agreed to stop Saturday morning and got the address while I was on the phone.

So far, so good.


I decided to stop on my way home for an advance peek.
I pull up and the front yard is an uneven, rolly-bumpy-slope-type of hillside only about 20'x35' - and scalped to the ground. Mostly a mix of weeds.

"OK, let's take a look at the back".

I walk up the short, gravel drive and note the weathered picket fence that runs along the drive and yard. I see no gate to access the back yard - perhaps it's on the other side of the house?
I stroll back around the front to the other side. Nope - the fence has no gate there. I walk back around and take a look over the gate to note the condition of the yard - maybe there's some hidden access - I'll call back and ask.
The back yard was a nightmare in that is was completely uneven with slopes, bumps, twists, dips... NO way to cut with anything but a 21" mower.

I called back to decline the job. At this point, I'm only taking on jobs I can cut with my walk behind...

But first, I asked about access to the back yard.
"Oh, you just have to lift the mower over the fence."


:eek: WTF?

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Give me a freaking break.

Steve
07-31-2013, 12:45 PM
But first, I asked about access to the back yard.
"Oh, you just have to lift the mower over the fence."

LOL where are the pics of this! HAHAHHAHA

http://uavcommunity.com/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs/Lawnmower.jpg

Hedgemaster
07-31-2013, 08:07 PM
LOL where are the pics of this! HAHAHHAHA

http://uavcommunity.com/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs/Lawnmower.jpg


I wanted to reach through the phone and strangle him.

On what planet is it acceptable to lift a mower over a fence to mow a yard?

Un-friggin-believable

wat5150
08-01-2013, 05:18 AM
I wanted to reach through the phone and strangle him.

On what planet is it acceptable to lift a mower over a fence to mow a yard?

Un-friggin-believable

Man Hedge, you need to calm down before you have a stroke or something. Your not doing the job, right? :D Take a couple deep breaths, you'll be ok.

Georgia Grass
08-04-2013, 03:32 PM
We accepted this job although the grass was very tall. Unlike some of these jobs, there was a decent turf surface underneath.

Matther777
08-04-2013, 03:56 PM
We accepted this job although the grass was very tall. Unlike some of these jobs, there was a decent turf surface underneath.

Wow how long did this job take?

Georgia Grass
08-04-2013, 11:30 PM
Wow how long did this job take?


The area we cut was a little less than an acre. We went over it three times with an Exmark Lazer (48" deck with 23hp Kaw), then a final time with a Walker to pick up the clippings. If we hadn't picked up the clippings, they were so voluminous that it would have killed a lot of the grass underneath. Fortunately, we were able to dump the clippings at the back of the property or it would have taken forever.

Overall, it took a little over three hours and we charged $300.

Georgia Grass
08-04-2013, 11:44 PM
An Atlanta police officer bought this house as a flip and hired us to cut the back yard which had not been cut for what looked like years.

Steve
08-05-2013, 11:01 AM
bought this house as a flip and hired us to cut the back yard which had not been cut for what looked like years.

WOW what did you cut that one with? That would have made for some great video.

Georgia Grass
08-05-2013, 06:23 PM
WOW what did you cut that one with? That would have made for some great video.


That one was done with a 36" Exmark Turf Tracer.

Georgia Grass
08-05-2013, 06:40 PM
Here's a rental house that had been empty for over a year. We had to fight our way to the house through all the overgrown trees, shrubs and grass. There is a certain amount of satisfaction in doing these projects because you leave it looking so much better than you found it.

Georgia Grass
08-05-2013, 06:55 PM
This property was a mess. They paid us $1000, but I think we barely broke even. The natural area in front was a disaster, the beds were non-existent. These are the before pictures.

Georgia Grass
08-05-2013, 07:04 PM
It looked better afterwards. We cleaned out the natural area and added beds with flowers, shrubs and some crepe myrtles.

Hedgemaster
08-05-2013, 07:35 PM
Ahem...


Pics of places/jobs you've TURNED DOWN


:D

Steve
08-06-2013, 03:49 PM
This property was a mess. They paid us $1000, but I think we barely broke even.

For those viewing these pics, how much do you think you should have charged for that job? How long did it take you to clean up in total?

stevef1201
08-06-2013, 07:45 PM
Never turn down a job, just charge the hell out 'em

Hedgemaster
08-06-2013, 11:09 PM
Never turn down a job, just charge the hell out 'em

Pfffffttt...

I guess you can TRY charging the hell out of them, but 95% of them are looking to pay as little as possible.

Georgia Grass
08-07-2013, 12:12 AM
For those viewing these pics, how much do you think you should have charged for that job? How long did it take you to clean up in total?


3 guys were there for most of a day. The job should have been priced around $1500. When the job was quoted, I intended to send a 2-man crew. I ended up sending a 3-man crew to ensure they got it done in one day. There are no pics of the back yard, but it was a big mess, and we cleaned that up too.

Georgia Grass
08-07-2013, 12:24 AM
Pfffffttt...

I guess you can TRY charging the hell out of them, but 95% of them are looking to pay as little as possible.


I think what Steve is saying is rather than saying "No" to a job, quote a high enough price that would make it worthwhile to do the job, even if the price is commercially unreasonable.

I have used this approach for a long time. I don't usually turn down jobs unless they are (1) unsafe; (2) outside our competence; or (3) outside our capability, i.e. we don't have the time, people or equipment available to do the job on the customer's schedule. But if the job is one that I just don't really want to do, I just quote it really high, sometimes crazy high, so that if the customer says yes, I'm ok with it.

BTW, Hedgemaster: sorry for getting the thread off track.

stevef1201
09-18-2013, 05:16 AM
Pfffffttt...

I guess you can TRY charging the hell out of them, but 95% of them are looking to pay as little as possible.

Those are the customers who can use FBN lawn care ( Fly By Night)

Hedgemaster
09-18-2013, 09:31 PM
Crap. I've been turning down work and keep forgetting to take pics!

myblacktruck
09-19-2013, 05:51 AM
I gotta get a new camera and learn how to upload pictures to the site for the work I turn down.

brian'slawncare
09-20-2013, 06:45 PM
I gotta get a new camera and learn how to upload pictures to the site for the work I turn down.

WHat I find easiest is just uploading them from my iphone. not the best quality but good enough for you guys :)

is you dont have a smart phone most carriers allow you to still send emails from your phone (just input it into the "to" field for a new text message) SO take the pic with your phone and email it yourself, now you have it on your computer.

huebneroutdoor
09-23-2013, 12:04 AM
Pfffffttt...

I guess you can TRY charging the hell out of them, but 95% of them are looking to pay as little as possible.

I never turn down a job I just do what Steve said charge the hell out of them and make them turn it away and if they end up accepting it then I just made money :D

huebneroutdoor
09-23-2013, 12:08 AM
I gave this guy a bid for $300 and he said wow that's a lot I didn't want the job so I just threw a bid out to where I knew he wouldn't take it or atleast I thought I knew he wouldn't he accepted the bid anyway and I made good money off of it because it only took me about an hour and 45 min heres a before and after pic

Glen1
10-18-2013, 10:16 PM
No way in hell!

stevef1201
10-19-2013, 08:08 AM
My father in law has been putting in chain link fence for 40 years, he is the one who told me about charging exorbitant prices for jobs you don't want. Like he was called about putting in a 30 foot high chain link fence around an incinerator didn't want the job. So he quoted a price like 25000 dollars. and got it. Most companies would have done it for about 10K. He did the job, and put a tone on money on his mortgage.

Steve
10-21-2013, 02:23 PM
he was called about putting in a 30 foot high chain link fence around an incinerator didn't want the job.

Did he tell you what about that job he just didn't want? Was it the proximity to the incinerator or was it the height of the fence? Or was he just too busy then?

Hedgemaster
10-21-2013, 09:16 PM
It seems nobody grasps the concept of "jobs you don't WANT". LOL


If I don't want to do a job, more money isn't going to change that.
If money is enough of a motivator, the job couldn't have been that bad in the first place.

There are plenty of jobs I COULD have done. I simply didn't WANT to do them.


I took a pic of one last week I have to post. Almost forgot about this thread!