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Old 11-11-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Pie Nellas
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When we moved here, we hired the first guy who came by (he does one neighbor's lawn with whom he is good friends). We didn't haggle over price or ask any specifics about the service (we were very busy moving in, doing some renovations, etc.). We have never used a lawn care service before.

Now that we've been through a year with this company, we're wondering if we're paying a fair rate and getting all the services we're paying for.

From Dec. through April, he mowed twice a month and each time he 'blew' the lawn and did all the edging. From May to October, he mowed every week, but only did the edging and blowing once a month.

We have a 10,000 sq. ft. lot.

We pay a flat $120 a month for the service, regardless of how often he mows/edges/blows.

I realize I can get estimates from others, but as I said he's good friends with my neighbor and is over there regularly, so I'd rather not get estimates unless others think I am overpaying, given the facts stated above.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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I think it sounds about right. What is just as important as price is are you happy with his services? We had several lawn services and they are always good at first, then start slacking off. They would always be in such a hurry to get to the next job that they would miss stuff they were supposed to do. If you have a good guy he is probably worth keeping.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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When we moved here, we hired the first guy who came by (he does one neighbor's lawn with whom he is good friends). We didn't haggle over price or ask any specifics about the service (we were very busy moving in, doing some renovations, etc.). We have never used a lawn care service before.

Now that we've been through a year with this company, we're wondering if we're paying a fair rate and getting all the services we're paying for.

From Dec. through April, he mowed twice a month and each time he 'blew' the lawn and did all the edging. From May to October, he mowed every week, but only did the edging and blowing once a month.

We have a 10,000 sq. ft. lot.

We pay a flat $120 a month for the service, regardless of how often he mows/edges/blows.

I realize I can get estimates from others, but as I said he's good friends with my neighbor and is over there regularly, so I'd rather not get estimates unless others think I am overpaying, given the facts stated above.

Thanks for your input.
Price sounds ok, except the edging and blowing should be done every time they are there.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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The price is reasonable for that size of lot, may be $10 bucks or so higher, which isn't much if you are happy with the service.

I am also surprised that he doesn't do the edging and blowing every time he cuts the grass. Are you sure of that? Normally, they do all these three together. I have a similar lot size and do it myself--kind of my workout while saving . Very easy to do if you have the three equipment that are needed. Summer you need to do weekly then it comes once a month or even less frequent on the middle of winter.
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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I pay $160/mo for about the same thing, plus another $50/mo to a place to do fertilizer/weed spraying. The lawn guy does weed/edge/sweep every visit, which is weekly during faster growing months, and bi-weekly during winter months, so there's leaves sitting around right now. I feel like it's on the high side but he's reliable and hasn't tried to increase my rates in four years, so I haven't taken any action.
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