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Old 06-01-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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I live in a subdivision with decent sized lots. It takes me a good hour to mow my grass using a push mower. Not my favorite thing to do when it's 90 degree's out.

I came across the new Weedeater One riding mower with 26" cut and thought that would be perfect and the price was decent enough.

One of my neighbors down the street noticed I had it and asked if I could mow her lawn, she is a single mom and said she would compensate me for it. The problem is that my next door neighbor has been mowing her grass. But he has a giant 50" Cub Cadet Zero Turn (his lawn is smaller than mine). That mower won't fit through her backyard fence, so he has to take a whole segment of the fence down, every time he mows, and one time the dog got out. He always seemed "put-out" at mowing her lawn.

She has about a 1/2 acre and he charges $40, every 10 days or so. I think that's a bit high.

I approached my neighbor with the mower and asked him if it bothered him if I took over mowing her lawn since I don't have to take down the fence. He got mad at first, then said "hey, it's a capitalistic country, go for it". I know he's mad, so I haven't started doing it yet, even though I told her I do it for $30 plus trim. Probably about an hour of my time, since her yard is bigger than mine.

I don't want to tick of my neighbor or take away his "business". But I can provide a "better" service by not taking her wooden fence down 3-4 times a month. Plus the extra money would be nice and would help pay off the what I spent on the mower.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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He'll get over it. Just do it. $30 is pretty good, our guy charges $35.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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do you even need this money and responsibility?
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I live in a subdivision with decent sized lots. It takes me a good hour to mow my grass using a push mower. Not my favorite thing to do when it's 90 degree's out.

I came across the new Weedeater One riding mower with 26" cut and thought that would be perfect and the price was decent enough.

One of my neighbors down the street noticed I had it and asked if I could mow her lawn, she is a single mom and said she would compensate me for it. The problem is that my next door neighbor has been mowing her grass. But he has a giant 50" Cub Cadet Zero Turn (his lawn is smaller than mine). That mower won't fit through her backyard fence, so he has to take a whole segment of the fence down, every time he mows, and one time the dog got out. He always seemed "put-out" at mowing her lawn.

She has about a 1/2 acre and he charges $40, every 10 days or so. I think that's a bit high.

I approached my neighbor with the mower and asked him if it bothered him if I took over mowing her lawn since I don't have to take down the fence. He got mad at first, then said "hey, it's a capitalistic country, go for it". I know he's mad, so I haven't started doing it yet, even though I told her I do it for $30 plus trim. Probably about an hour of my time, since her yard is bigger than mine.

I don't want to tick of my neighbor or take away his "business". But I can provide a "better" service by not taking her wooden fence down 3-4 times a month. Plus the extra money would be nice and would help pay off the what I spent on the mower.

Anyone have any suggestions?
It's nice of you to even ask him, but it is her that made the decision to hire you and fired him. The fact that he had no class and got mad at you just free you of any future obligation to seek his permission.

Assuming you want to take this on, apparently you wanted to because you already told her that you would take this on for $30 plus trim, then just go ahead and do it. Afterall, you gave your word already.
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