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    Hi all,
    First post-first question. from time to time when our regular lawn guy was on vacation I would take care of the mowing, hedge trimming at our townhouse complex. The guy decided it was time to retire and I was asked if I was interested in taking over. Not a big job... the place is on a corner lot and not much lawn on 2 sides. The biggest area is 50" wide by 100" long. We have all the equipment needed provided by the association. Anyway they offered me $4000 to mow once weekly and keep the hedges trimmed from April 1 to November 1. Not to shabby. My question is they pay quarterly and I'm told my first payment will be July 1st. Wouldn't it be customary to collect first payment when I start on April 1st? Just wondering. Thanks.

  • #2
    It depends. Every commercial account pays different I had one that paid every 45 days.
    But if they are going in contract I would ask for the first quarter up front.

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    • #3
      If you have a written contract for that then sorry for ya. however you can ask the managment company for a 200 dollar deposit-a bit of a sob story help- maybe they will maybe they wont.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies. Actually its not that big of deal, I can wait. Was just curious what the norm was. I own and live in one of the townhouses and in addition to the $4000 per season I also got a reduction in my association fees of $50 monthly so I wont quibble about the 90 day wait.

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        • #5
          Well not really because after your first 45 days then I received a check every week.
          But if that will work out for you then go for it. Expescially if they are gonna cut down on your cost.

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          • #6
            You can negotiate any payment method you want. Would you prefer to be paid monthly? Quarterly is kinda goofy on their part if you ask me. I don't know how many lawn care business owners would put up with that for a small account.
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            • #7
              Would it be possible to ask this person to give you post-dated checks?

              $571.42 - Apr
              $571.42 - May
              $571.42 - Jun
              $571.42 - Jul
              $571.42 - Aug
              $571.42 - Sep
              $571.42 - Oct till Nov 1

              or, recommended way;

              (deposit(s) written for end of months or start of months)

              $1000 - Apr/May
              $1000 - Jun/Jul
              $1000 - Aug/Sep
              $1000 - Oct till Nov 1

              or, the stupid way;

              N/A - Apr/May/Jun
              $2,285.71 - Jul
              N/A - Aug/Sep
              $1,714.29 - Oct till Nov 1
              Last edited by CHEESE2009; 03-09-2012, 04:07 PM.

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