Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

$50 budget a month


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-07-2007, 03:14 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

So I wanted to try to get this one lady that I do snow removal for. *I take care of her daughters property, and she is in the perfect location to be a lawn maintenance customer.

She really wanted me to try and mow the property every 2 weeks, but a lot of times that is impossible. *So I offered to her that I would take care of it for $30 every week or $35 every 10 days. *

Well, she told me that was a lot of money. *He current lawn care company only charges $25 each time, and they only come every 2 to 3 weeks because there isn't that much growth.

So I finally asked her, "what is your budget for the month?" *And she said $50.

I am really torn at what to do. *Normally, I would just walk away from this, but she is in a perfect location. *So should I do it for $25 every 2 weeks or just say forget it, it's not worth it.

The property is approx 7,000 sq ft, with about a 400 sq ft fenced in area, in which I will need to use the 21 inch mower. I don't maintain any neighbors beside her so I would be strictly unloading my equipment just for her *

What do you guys think?



Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-07-2007, 05:20 PM
VogelLawnService VogelLawnService is offline
Forum Advisory Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Gloucester County, NJ
Age: 29
Posts: 39
Rep Power: 0
VogelLawnService
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
personally i wouldnt make a special stop for that. expesionally if i cant get one of my big machines in the back. if you had 4 other houses right in a row then it would be worth it. i know the customer seems valuable because of the prime location. but having to unload just for that house for 50 a month just decreased the value a whole lot in my book. although if you are interested in gettin your foot in that neighborhood its a good marketing tech. because the best your work is the most apealing to the eye. if that was the situation i MIGHT accept her and see how quickly i can round up some of her neighbors. if none of the neighbors were signing on then i would drop her. good luck!
__________________
- Dave Vogel
- Vogel Lawn Service
- f150 ex. cab with triton v8
- 6x20 double axle trailer with duel gates
- 60' exmark lazerZ XS
- 2 - 52' wright sentar sports
- 36' and 48' lesco walk behinds
- 3 redmax EBZ7001 backpack blowers
- 1 redmax and 3 echo weedwackers
- stihl stick edger
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-07-2007, 10:30 PM
kfinley818 kfinley818 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 9
kfinley818
Default

Ask her if you could put up a sign for advertisement in exchange for the discounted lawn care. Thats great advertisement for a subdivision or area you would like to target.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-08-2007, 08:13 AM
NickN NickN is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 99
Rep Power: 13
NickN
Default

I'd do it.$25 for around 15 minutes work isn't bad.Especially if she is on your way to another account.You could make a quick stop,be done,and on to the next.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-08-2007, 09:04 AM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

The big thing that is slowing me down in saying "yes" is the fenced in yard area.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-08-2007, 10:50 AM
Billz Billz is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 239
Rep Power: 11
Billz
Default

Well, remember too that mowing it every 2 weeks will not leave it looking great, so picking up more might not be as easy as you think. They wont know the favor you are doing for this woman, just how it looks when you leave. If the lawn isnt fertilized or watered, I would take it...I make great money off a few bi-weeklies...but if they grow 10 inches of grass, I leave it looking like a hay field. They dont pay to have me double or triple cut, so I dont, and if they ever complain I simple remind them that weekly service would cure the problem, but costs double!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-08-2007, 01:03 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

That is the major problem that I am worried about. What will that lawn look like every 2 weeks. I am just afraid that it will look horrible. To make matters worse, I mow lawns high on purpose. So if I mow this higher than what it is probably mowed it, then it might just take off growing like crazy.

I still haven't made up my mind 100% yet. 80% of me is telling me not to take it, while the other is telling me it's better than nothing
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-08-2007, 06:03 PM
Billz Billz is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 239
Rep Power: 11
Billz
Default

Well, I have some like that and I still make good money off them...just have not picked up many neighbors...I do have a few though, and they make those biweekly accounts really pay off! Be sure you set it up as $25 every other week, and not 50$ per month...there is a difference!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-08-2007, 06:59 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

That is true, I never thought about that. You could lose out on a lot of money by doing it monthly
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-08-2007, 11:33 PM
VogelLawnService VogelLawnService is offline
Forum Advisory Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Gloucester County, NJ
Age: 29
Posts: 39
Rep Power: 0
VogelLawnService
Default

and rememebr.. a similar lawn that is done weekly the same exact size might take 15 minutes. when your going bi weekly longer grass takes longer plus 15 minutes of work time isnt really 15 minutes. you have to account for the gas your using by "stopping by" the property on the way. you have to look at how much your paying your guies agenst what your makin for the time your there not to mention load and unload time. it may all sound like im being particular but all that time ends up. when you have those little "15 minute" quick stop lawns add up. your accually loosing money. thats how it ususally ends up workin out for me after i look at all my overhead. im also not big on the stop by lawns. im to the point now where im tryin to ween them out. id much rather have 10 properties in a row. load and unload time adds up to being a killer waste of time during the day! goodluck!
__________________
- Dave Vogel
- Vogel Lawn Service
- f150 ex. cab with triton v8
- 6x20 double axle trailer with duel gates
- 60' exmark lazerZ XS
- 2 - 52' wright sentar sports
- 36' and 48' lesco walk behinds
- 3 redmax EBZ7001 backpack blowers
- 1 redmax and 3 echo weedwackers
- stihl stick edger
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
Today 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 152
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 10:17 AM
by Bradcook21
11 240
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
Today 01:48 AM
Today 01:48 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
0 23
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
Yesterday 12:36 AM
Yesterday 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 42
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 119
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 166
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 195
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 90
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,447
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 197
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 75
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 93
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 158
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 218
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 111
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 187
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 95
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 121
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,104
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 319
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 267
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 270
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 211
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 175
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 157
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,634
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 585
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 348
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,027
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 416
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,879
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 268
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 427,916
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,365
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 190
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 249
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 223
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 884
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 385
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 243
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 530
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
01-08-2016 09:30 PM
by jeramicox76
10 2,754
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:07 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:07 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy