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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

Ummm NO THANKS! Pics of places/jobs you've TURNED DOWN


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-01-2012, 06:57 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 Ummm NO THANKS! Pics of places/jobs you've TURNED DOWN

This may be a bad idea for a thread, but I thought it would be funny to share pics of potential client's properties that were just NOT worth taking on - for any price.

I've gone to look at several over the last few days and at a few, I never even got out of the truck - I just drove on.
I SHOULD have taken a pic because some are SO unbelievable that a pic is the only way to fully appreciate the magnitude of the MESS that some people expect you to work with.

Heck, even if you don't have a photo, feel free to describe some of your "Oh, HELL no" estimates that left you wondering just WHO would actually TAKE the job.



I'll be back later with pics.
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 06-01-2012, 07:54 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 669
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I actually like those now and then if they are willing to pay the price. They often aren't willing to pay. Lol

I like taking an overgrown dump and turning them back into a nice lawn again.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-01-2012, 08:17 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

didnt take? How about took but charged 4xs as much?

This guy thought he was saving money by waiting till june for his first mowing.







Look at the picnic table! 20 acres of 12" high grass.






Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-01-2012, 10:38 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

I received a voicemail requesting a quote a few days ago.
"I live in Florida and I'm here visiting my mother - her grass hasn't been cut since I was here last - I need a quote to have it cut and I'm leaving on Thursday".

She did leave an address on the message and I looked it up online, but due to the trees, I couldn't get a good view of the property. I called and said I'd get over to take a look as soon as possible.
I ended up getting tied up and couldn't make it by Thursday, so I called to let her know. She said that it was OK - that she found someone who could do it the next day. She asked if I could still stop by for an estimate in case the other guy wasn't going to do it on a regular basis. "Sure, no problem", I said.
"Is that road a through way, or would I need to turn around?" I like to ask so I don't drive up a road with a trailer only to find no easy way out. She verified that it IS a dead end, AND noted that it was a dirt road. The other details she left out. I'll explain further later with video...

Keep in mind that I live in and service the suburbs of a CITY.
This is the entrance to her "street". (Yes, there's even a street sign)





Also keep in mind that I had just put my chrome wheels back on and had washed my truck a few days ago. Against my better judgement, I decided to "Gopher it". ( )

Here's video of my journey IN to go do this estimate. I had a feeling that words would not adequately describe this, so I got out my phone and shot video...
(click image - you can then click in the bottom for full screen)

Video quality is degraded a bit by Photobucket, so it's not as clear as the original file.
Note that I did NOT upload the video of my trip OUT as a result of the excessive profanity.




NONE of these freaking properties had HOUSE NUMBERS. From what I could tell from her description and judging by the condition of the "lawn", I determined that this was the place...







You know, even if this lawn had been cut last WEEK, I still wouldn't have come back down that road to cut this property. I have no idea how anyone could travel that crater-filled "road" on a daily basis. I had made up my mind about fifty feet into that jungle passage that I wasn't coming back.

Side note:
I'd like to build a time machine so I could go back and beat the snot out of whatever redneck it was who created the first "tractor-trailer tire planter". On what planet does that look like something OTHER than an old tire turned into a pot?



GO BUT A POT!
(end rant)




OH! And I got another voicemail asking if I had been by to look. "The guy who was supposed to cut it didn't show up."

Cripes. I wonder why.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20120601_164536.jpg (311.0 KB, 5 views)

Last edited by Hedgemaster; 06-01-2012 at 10:46 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-01-2012, 10:53 PM
jrayb39667's Avatar
jrayb39667 jrayb39667 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Deep South MS
Posts: 121
Rep Power: 3
jrayb39667 is on a distinguished road
Default

Haha, that looks like a yard in south MS, that people ask.... why are you going to charge me so much to cut it?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-01-2012, 10:55 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Wow I was thinking the chainsaw massacre was going to hop out of the woods.

thats bad! Thats a bit more then overgrown buddy. You need a bobcat with a brush cutter attachment, probably $450-500 a day. With that machine you would be out of there in 20 mins. I wouldve told them $1500 knowing they would never pay it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-02-2012, 06:40 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 669
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Love the video! Lol That's when you wish you hadn't had the trailer behind ya. I have been down that road a couple of times. Lol
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-02-2012, 07:21 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprinkler Buddy View Post
Love the video! Lol That's when you wish you hadn't had the trailer behind ya. I have been down that road a couple of times. Lol

Glad you enjoyed the show.

Holy crap I'm glad I asked ahead of time about the road and went without my trailer.


The worst part was I just washed the truck. Sure, it rained that day, but I wasn't expecting to go mudding...







Look. A parasite!




I'm washing the truck tomorrow and I'd better not find any scratches on the sides.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-07-2012, 05:56 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

I was watching the local news this evening when they mentioned a house fire in the area. I recognized the name of the road, but couldn't place it - until they started talking about the difficulty getting fire trucks and water to the remote location. They showed the "road", and I knew...

It was the house in the above post. The one with the charcoal grill in the driveway.
The grill was still there on the news footage - house burned badly - 90 year old and pet made it out alive.

I just watched the video (posted above) again and I'm still pissed that I went on that estimate!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-07-2012, 06:13 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
I was watching the local news this evening when they mentioned a house fire in the area. I recognized the name of the road, but couldn't place it - until they started talking about the difficulty getting fire trucks and water to the remote location. They showed the "road", and I knew...

It was the house in the above post. The one with the charcoal grill in the driveway.
The grill was still there on the news footage - house burned badly - 90 year old and pet made it out alive.

I just watched the video (posted above) again and I'm still pissed that I went on that estimate!
I cut a few of these yards and the reason was the FIRE MARSHALL! Its a safety issue but thats not why the homeowners paid it was because of the $500 fine.
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
Gas turned milky Martywdx Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 03-14-2012 09:31 PM
Google Places Upscale2 Promote your products or services 19 07-19-2011 08:23 PM
Grass up to my... ummm... butt. Hedgemaster Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 13 05-10-2011 06:17 PM
best places for engine maintenance parts LawnMedic Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 1 03-06-2010 11:20 AM
The drain that has turned into a major project picframer Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 1 11-02-2009 05:07 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Today 08:06 PM
by Matther777
7 260
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 08:02 PM
by Matther777
4 146
Business Cards
crieg122
Today 12:03 PM
Today 07:55 PM
by Matther777
2 55
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 341
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Today 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 345
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 50
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 399
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 181
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 266
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 91
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 938
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 186
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 496
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 155
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 610
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 436
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 508
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 481
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 253
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,621
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,453
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 756
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 608
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,554
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 357
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,929
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,415
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 321
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 388
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 848
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,312
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 584
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 424
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 764
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,070
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,453
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 785
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,473
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 510
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,613
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,615
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,722
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 640
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 801
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 646
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 997
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,649
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 960
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,782
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,185
» Popular Tags
2wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bush charge christmas deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to how to bid hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book 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 lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing mulch mulch estimate new business ordinance patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride scripts seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 PM.

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