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    Thought i get this of my chest and i am sure things do make you grumpy from time to time ...yeah i know i am an old fart in this game ..
    Saturday...75 mm rain all day phone rings ...hey mate can you come mow my lawn today...where are you...same neighbourhood..well mate its like this its raining..he says ..so... mmmmso i casually let him have it...shoulnt do that but i did..
    Golden call came in next day , can you mow our lawns and do some pruning ,for which i replied no problems can have someone over working week ...naa thats no good we work and dont get home till late..but it has to be done before weekend.....so can i have access for a quote and if its ok maybe leave the money in the meter box and i will fit you in.....naaa thats no good the client responds ...i then say well mate sorry i cant mow in the dark because i cannot see ..so fark offffffffffffff shouldnt have done that either but i did. Seem to be getting so many nutters calls lately or maybe i am getting old

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    hahaaha,I had a bloke ring me this morning wanting a mow today,I says nah but can fit you in first up in the morning,He says nah want it done today,I says good luck and hangs up. Arsehats
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    Got a message yesterday, I've played it 3 times and the best I can understand is "Mowing" "mount Waverley" got no idea what else they were saying. I usually ring back and do my best to get an address and write them a quote but I can't even understand the number given.

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    Ha Ha good thread Geoff i could go all day on this one.

    And yeah your right the nutters are out in force and they all want it done yesterday and usually for next to nothing.

    What makes me grumpy is blokes quoting cheap even though its been the best spring since i can't remember when (its been that long), put your bloody prices up you'll still be way under everyone else so don't worry. Special mention to the newbies on this one, if your having trouble with getting quotes right ask and we will set you straight. Just because your new doesn't mean your worth much less than everyone else, your time and effort is just as valuable as the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoff View Post
    Thought i get this of my chest and i am sure things do make you grumpy from time to time ...yeah i know i am an old fart in this game ..
    Saturday...75 mm rain all day phone rings ...hey mate can you come mow my lawn today...where are you...same neighbourhood..well mate its like this its raining..he says ..so... mmmmso i casually let him have it...shoulnt do that but i did..
    Golden call came in next day , can you mow our lawns and do some pruning ,for which i replied no problems can have someone over working week ...naa thats no good we work and dont get home till late..but it has to be done before weekend.....so can i have access for a quote and if its ok maybe leave the money in the meter box and i will fit you in.....naaa thats no good the client responds ...i then say well mate sorry i cant mow in the dark because i cannot see ..so fark offffffffffffff shouldnt have done that either but i did. Seem to be getting so many nutters calls lately or maybe i am getting old
    Their bloody everywhere at the mo and will be well into Feb with the way its growin. Had a heap the last 2 weeks.
    My favorite so far.............
    hasnt touched her garden beds in 12 months (and has heaps of them), the lawn hasnt seen a mower in about 4 months and as for the prunning........well i think Moses was parting the Red Sea the last time it was done.........I said whats your budget.......Her response $200, i laughed all the way back to my rig...

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    oh and another
    Weed the small backyard of a unit, organise to do quote go there (she left garage open for me) ring with price $200, shes says
    good call u tonight to set date,
    yep says me. That night we set date for the job, she then says
    so what are goin to prune while your there?
    Nothing, but can ring u with quote for what needs doing.
    Oh i thought ud just do it while ur there for the $200 she says
    i told her what she could do with her thought, she was still tryin to bargain when i hung up.

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    Just because your new doesn't mean your worth much less than everyone else, your time and effort is just as valuable as the rest of us. top advice scoob ..

    had one ring last week asked why i hadnt been to mow her lawns as its been 5 weeks after a bit of a chat turns out she aint even one of my clients ??? told her i can quote it if she likes she said nar thats ok just come do it the other bloke only used to take aprox 40 minutes and she will leave the $27.00 in the meter box hahahaha told her she better keep ringing around to find him ...

    and one today rang up wanting the job done today told her no sorry cant do it to wet and its sunday etc , she replyed but i have rental inspectionn 2morow , sorry cant help ya untill weather clears up .. she spat the dummy and said what kind of business you running your suposed to be proving a service etc bla bla bla and what am i suposed to tell my room mate if we get kicked out because it aint done , i replyed tell her maybe its time to buy a mower or arrange a regular service to prevent this sort of thing happening , with that i hung up ...

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    It's good to read these stories makes me realise I'm not the only one getting the nutters ring up I can relate to all the above posts and add one, a lady rang up asking if I could start a major weeding job that I looked at some months ago. She wanted it done ASAP I said I was to busy her reply it would only take a few hours.I'm not kidding this job would take 3 guys 5 days

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    I think there are either some real cheap and nasty operators in my area or people are just full of ****.....probably both. I am relatively new to the game but I serously can't see any idiot floggin their guts out for 2 hours in 30+ heat for $30. I know one bloke in the area who won't get out of the car for under $30 and that's for a 5 minute nature strip. I quoted one yesterday for $45 which would have been pretty good. Not too big easy access probably a 30 to 45 minute job or less every 2 weeks. She said can you do it any cheaper. So I agreed to $40 on very strict 2 weekly arrangement. We arranged a time and everything but she had to talk to her mum and would ring back to confirm. Guest what, no call. I assume I'll call you usually means "I'll ring around first" or "The other bloke is cheaper". Just say no ya pricks. We are not idiots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fairdinkum View Post
    I think there are either some real cheap and nasty operators in my area or people are just full of ****.....probably both. I am relatively new to the game but I serously can't see any idiot floggin their guts out for 2 hours in 30+ heat for $30. I know one bloke in the area who won't get out of the car for under $30 and that's for a 5 minute nature strip. I quoted one yesterday for $45 which would have been pretty good. Not too big easy access probably a 30 to 45 minute job or less every 2 weeks. She said can you do it any cheaper. So I agreed to $40 on very strict 2 weekly arrangement. We arranged a time and everything but she had to talk to her mum and would ring back to confirm. Guest what, no call. I assume I'll call you usually means "I'll ring around first" or "The other bloke is cheaper". Just say no ya pricks. We are not idiots!
    i havnt done it fairdinkum but my brother has very little patience he just tells them to there face im open to some very limited negotiation but closed off to all forms of verbal dribble and bull**** = his attitude is thay will either then except or thay will never waste your time again and i must admit hes customers are very loyal and are very pleasent to work with thay dont like being stuffed around and dont do it to him ... { im to soft }

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    Had someone ring up the other day asking if I could come and do the lawn, will leave the $30 out. The address didnt sound familiar so after further questions she tells me I did a quote back in November....11 months ago! I said quotes are only valid for seven days will have to come and have a look again. She says nothings changed, its still just the front, blah, blah, blah.
    So I drop around next morning for a look and some blokes in the middle of doing it. The most restrained thing I could do was send a text saying she will receive an invoice for wasting my time. Looking forward to filling my books so I dont have to deal with so many muppets!

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    Ppl who tell u how long a job takes to do.
    Cheers Dean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamandeves View Post
    Ppl who tell u how long a job takes to do.
    Cheers Dean.
    don't mind this as long as there saying 4hrs for a 1 hr job mind you it's usually the other way around
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    This is a good thread..I feel normal im not the only one getting insane people calls..As of last week i decided to start over quoting on some bigger jobs and have won two out of three.Mostly jungle jobs.So it seems there is plenty of work not enough good lawnies in my area at least.Makinhay while the sun shines..

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    Those bloody red volcanic rocks!

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