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Old 09-08-2013, 02:35 PM
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Seriously> Okay so I have been picking up some REO grasscuts. Foreclosed/abandoned homes, and the ones I have done so far are just in terriable shape. Keep in mind, this is mid season and I am NOT doing the initial cuts. Some of these I am doing have been mowed on a regular basis but the quality of the work is just shocking.
Is this normal for the property preservation kind of work or have am I just following up a bad vendor. The management companies seem happy (even over thrilled after I did them)
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So your saying your making these properties look top notch and the guy before you did not??

When I spoke with a rep from one company, he explained they weren't all about "looks" and more so to make sure it was cut. He said leaving the lawn with clumps and trimming every other week was fine.

Maybe you should check with them to see what they are asking. You may be wasting a lot of time and money on something they don't really care about.
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There are a lot of guys who don't give a damn what an occupied, residential property looks like when they leave. Why would you think anyone would care about a vacant, bank-owned, low-paying lot?
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its always nice to do a great job ,much less so when your having to dance through hoops just to be paid 50% of what the job would normally be billed .
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Most of these management companies only care that they are not being fined by the local government over the lawn. They really don't care about how nice it looks. HOWEVER: having done several for one company here, complete mow trim edge, you know curb appeal stuff, using a steel blade edger around the flower beds, kill weeds in the beds etc. I have found that I get personal satisfaction from the job, and more importantly the property gets occupied faster, so the management company makes money and they pay me REAL good.

I had one a 1 acre yard, 24 inch tall grass, 4 foot tall weeds, and after I got started I found about 2 dozen BIG tires, a bunch of trash. I called the guy, estimated the cost of cleaning that junk up, got the ok to do it, long story shorter, a guy rented it the next week. He told me he had looked at it before but did not want to clean all that crap up.
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its always nice to do a great job ,much less so when your having to dance through hoops just to be paid 50% of what the job would normally be billed .
This exactly. I got a few calls from the "preservation company" that's been mentioned on here a few times. The pay rate was lower than normal, but would 'possibly' pay off if there were 4 or 5 of them all next to each other. This wasn't the case unfortunately. Being spread out all over and the 25 pictures you have to take of each property wasn't worth it to even load the trailer up.

As someone else said, they only want them cut so Code Enforcement doesn't drop fines on them. They generally aren't looking for "pretty".
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Some of these I am doing have been mowed on a regular basis but the quality of the work is just shocking.
Have you asked the preservation company what happened to the previous lawn care company that was taking care of the yard? Is it possible they were fired for poor quality?
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Have you asked the preservation company what happened to the previous lawn care company that was taking care of the yard? Is it possible they were fired for poor quality?
more likely they quit due to lack of pay and general b.s. involved .
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Very true and that could also answer why the quality of lawn care may have gone down hill too.
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more likely they quit due to lack of pay and general b.s. involved .
I need not even post, this should be the last post on this thread...NAILED IT!
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