for what it is worth, after several years taking care of the cemetery i just finished the final clean up on Thursday and it will be the last time i service the property as well as the church and school.
they will have to find another sucker to rope into taking care of the place for chump change.
it has always had it's share of challenges taking care of all three properties.
the church always got something going on between weddings, funerals and weekend services. they also have weekday morning services and any time something is going on i got to stop what i am doing so i do not disturb them.
the school i can not do during school hours or i will have every teacher giving me the evil eye for disrupting their classes and the cemetery was always pretty good in regards to things like mentioned above but if there is a burial all operations cease when the funeral arrives for burial.
burials were not too often but you really do not need too many disruptions at the cemetery because it is such a ball breaker to do to begin with.
anyhow, i had all i can stand this year with these people.
being a member of the church and also sending my kids to school there i only charged them for my help and fuel and there was absolutely zero mark up.
as a member i had no problems helping them out and donating my services.
this year these people were full of complaints and it really pissed me off big time and they acted as if they were actually paying for a top service even though they were getting a top service for practically nothing.
when i took over the grass was two feet tall at the cemetery and the school looked like it was closed down because everything was a mess.
the beds were not edged, the shrubs were not trimmed, there were years of leaves that were not cleaned up gathered in clumps throughout the whole property in beds and up against buildings.
now the place is as clean and as manicured like Disney land and all the teachers thank me for making the place so nice and all the people who visit the cemetery go out of their way to thank me for making the place that their loved ones is buried in look so nice which makes me feel good as well as appreciated.
the priest however, bitches every time i give him a bill and complains about things that do not involve me or my business like when the graves get filled up and settle they want me to go in with a machine and refill the graves.
the grave digger dude gets paid like a thousand dollars a pop to dig and refill the graves and that's his problem not mine to make sure that they are filled properly.
so as a result i have already verbally let them know i will not be back and i will also be sending a formal letter to further elaborate.
and if they give me any lip i will also pull my kids out of the school and sheep shank them out of a couple grand a month in tuition.
i can say from experience and this was not the only time i took care of a cemetery that doing that type of work sucks, actually no, it f'in blows and i will never do one again.
if you are a new guy and you need the work then i understand but be forewarned that they will not pay top dollar ( because no cemetery does ) and the work is 10 times harder to do because of all the obstructions.
with all the added string trimming and the fact that you can not cut it any way you like and have to work in and out of all the stones as well as blowing the leaves in the fall around all that stuff i would say for every acre you do in a cemetery it is like doing 3 to 4 acres anywhere else.
if you are gonna take on a cemetery you have to go into it knowing you will be working harder for your money then anywhere else.