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 > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Am I too good?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-08-2013, 02:35 PM
sturglc sturglc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 3
sturglc is on a distinguished road
Default Am I too good?

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)
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 09-08-2013, 03:15 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
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.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-08-2013, 04:41 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

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?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-08-2013, 05:32 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

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 .
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-08-2013, 07:51 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,236
Rep Power: 7
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-09-2013, 04:44 AM
Just for Cuts's Avatar
Just for Cuts Just for Cuts is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 556
Rep Power: 3
Just for Cuts is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bruces View Post
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".
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-09-2013, 10:55 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,351
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
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?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-09-2013, 11:13 AM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
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 .
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-10-2013, 11:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,351
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very true and that could also answer why the quality of lawn care may have gone down hill too.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-10-2013, 07:49 PM
Florida Lawn Man
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bruces View Post
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!
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
i feel good tadadada dada dada so good Grass Doctor General Talk 10 12-27-2012 04:10 AM
Is this a good mower? Is this a good price for it?? WorkForMySelf Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 20 04-14-2012 09:54 PM
Get in good with... everyone! MAKLawnCutter Starting a lawn care business. 8 02-19-2011 12:12 AM
Good to Bad to Good swstout General Talk 10 09-11-2010 12:53 PM
Good deeds can make for good press Steve General Business Discussions 0 06-09-2006 02:59 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
05-25-2015 10:29 AM
Today 03:03 AM
by jrs.landscaping
7 170
Pissed off customers
stonegatedesigns
Yesterday 05:29 PM
Yesterday 09:13 PM
by Chilehead
2 63
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 09:10 PM
by Chilehead
13 711
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
Yesterday 03:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
4 141
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 68
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 76
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
Yesterday 01:35 PM
by Steve
1 83
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 130
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by Steve
14 368
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by Steve
5 192
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 260
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,444
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,165
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 509
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,825
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 816
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 389,863
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 119
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 220
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,019
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 229
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 161
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 276
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 705
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,504
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 297
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 523
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 654
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 518
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,119
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,034
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,073
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 427
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 443
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 353
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 479
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 356
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,006
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,046
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 300
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 352
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,133
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 379
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 415
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 441
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 412
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 824
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 721
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 485
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 587
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark blades bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration design ditches door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer estimate flyers free advertising google grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic jobs landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business toro tractor auger trailer mate pro trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.

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