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: 28
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: 8
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: 12
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: 10
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: 10
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: 28
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
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
Yesterday 11:42 PM
by jrs.landscaping
3 88
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
Yesterday 10:54 PM
by Chilehead
39 15,746
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
Yesterday 01:13 PM
by WesleySnips
16 2,964
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,491
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-23-2015 03:39 PM
by burnell76
7 430
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-23-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 204
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 71
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-23-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 228
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 290
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 84
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-23-2015 08:46 AM
by jrs.landscaping
8 412
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
01-22-2015 05:58 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 439
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 199
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 205
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-22-2015 02:09 PM
by biglee
39 10,085
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 241
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 397
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 244
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 579
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 312
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,090
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 474
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,401
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
01-17-2015 02:21 PM
by lxarth
2 342
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 391
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 230
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 167
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,761
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 597
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 295
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,762
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,512
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
01-12-2015 06:19 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
4 440
During Your Down Time
achri12
12-24-2014 03:03 PM
01-12-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
10 1,046
Leaf cleanup
Bradcook21
01-09-2015 02:21 PM
01-12-2015 12:22 PM
by Jamesw86
4 405
Has Anyone Used Plowz ?
dpld
01-08-2014 12:14 PM
01-11-2015 02:17 PM
by burtle
20 3,305
What to pay help
Bradcook21
01-07-2015 01:32 PM
01-08-2015 07:01 PM
by Steve
1 439
Need a trailer
googus
01-07-2015 09:40 AM
01-08-2015 10:24 AM
by Upscale2
7 541
Do you guys charge buy...
burtle
01-02-2015 09:58 PM
01-07-2015 08:37 PM
by Shark1611
14 895
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 07:05 PM
01-07-2015 07:05 PM
by greyhound
18 2,135
Need advice please
CHenricks
01-06-2015 01:17 AM
01-07-2015 03:34 PM
by Steve
4 512
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
01-07-2015 03:32 PM
by Steve
9 646
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
12-21-2014 11:57 AM
01-06-2015 03:55 PM
by Steve
5 965
Trailer with 4ft sides...
mayala030292
01-02-2015 09:01 PM
01-06-2015 03:33 PM
by Steve
5 595
A tip to get good...
biglee
01-04-2015 12:07 AM
01-06-2015 03:30 PM
by Steve
4 578
Work Shoes!
rsanchez1203
02-19-2013 12:07 PM
01-05-2015 09:18 PM
by Havanese2
13 7,427
EDDM post cards
hemiman
02-13-2014 06:36 PM
01-05-2015 04:22 PM
by Steve
14 2,384
Cleaning your Mower and...
MNK
01-03-2015 01:22 AM
01-05-2015 09:17 AM
by rmccutchan
10 734
where to find more...
BLAZIER-1991
01-02-2015 12:17 AM
01-04-2015 12:51 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
6 617
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
01-03-2015 04:21 PM
by stevef1201
17 2,288
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades bush deliquentaccounts ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental ferris first truck foreman georgia google gopherhaul grass growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mulch new buisness per hour service podcast pricing pto reo savannah search engine optimization seo shell snow plowing sq ft square foot starting a business starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree up sell employee walk behind wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:40 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:40 AM.

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