Originally Posted by mwgtrade
Do most lawn care business owners have their customers sign contracts?
Not usually for residential. Maybe 50/50. It's all up to you
As for $45.00 for a single mow package, it's better than a service fee per month - though there is still a problem.
You should give out proper estimates.
Visit each potential customers lawn & evaluate them.
obstacles, hills, junk, do you have to move lawn furniture around? Square footage, etc.
Basically, you have to figure out what you charge per square foot of lawn, then add in the extras.
Then you will be able to give out proper bids.
The idea is to make the business work for you, not the other way around.
You do not want to be stuck scrounging up several one job customers every year. You want to build stability with consistent customer retention.
You also don't want to have to work like a dog every time you get a job. You want to maintain lawns, not the amazon.
Make your business work for you. Really focus on getting people on a weekly lawn maintenance schedule. Promote it!
The quality of their lawn effects their neighbors. If one person gets grubs due to the low maintenance of their lawn, chances are their entire street will be infested, etc.
Not only that, customers who let their grass grow that long should be willing to cough up money for a fine.
If you don't cut their grass, around here for the "average" home, you'll get a $60.00/$100.00 fine.
Why have them risk paying a fine, when they can be paying you :P