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Gotta love being told to cut dead grass.......

Still can't believe the banks pay for this crap. I'm just not cut out to do something for nothing and collect money for it. Dad didn't raise me that way............
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LOL! I see my guys already date stamped them and i dated over them when i saved them on my HD. The siblings will have a fit about that.........................
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Out here on the Calif coast we don't have rain from the end of May until maybe late Oct. I have spent the summer seeing exactly what you show in your pics. 5 Brothers requires Pics of equipment on lawn...oh well.
I have been at this for 1 3/4 years and just went inactive with my regionals, all who provided enough BofA work to be profitable. SafeGuard pay matrix is undoable trying to cover 2 counties 175 miles from end to end. I am fortunate to say that I pulled out money ahead...I'm current with my payables and am owed about 6 grand. I will watch warily to see if these regionals (whom I happen to enjoy working for, and likewise) will be square with me. Not holding my breath though. I told one Op Manager he'd better double the size of his vendor recruiter staff, which didn't go over well. 5Brothers gets a lot of flak here and I can believe it is well deserved, it's just they've not pulled anything on me yet like I've read about here. They moved me up to priority (rather than Trainee statis) and the 50+ dollar mows, FHA secures and bid approvals have been coming in. Pay every other week (I do inspections for them also at $20.00 a pop) and NEVER had to dispute. One of the reasons I pulled back from the regionals is I have to watch the check details like a HAWK. Constantly having to dispute just grates on me. Stuff like a flat fee invoiced for $440.00 that pays 70 days later for $186.00 "Opps, I guess I looked at your invoice then billed the client per item instead" blah blah blah.
Bottom line is that I made money to this point, but lost plenty along the way, not to mention so many back to back 14 hr days that I forgot what it was like to be rested.
I am now retooling my marketing to local brokers and REO realtors who have come to admire my product. If you are a newbe at this juncture and working for Nats and Regionals exclusively you had better pay close attention: they will find a new set of contractors who think $20 recuts, no trip charges, $200 initials/CFK/evictions is good $$. Unless it is in your back yard it is not sustainable, as most of our work is not "local". I have learned sooo much from the likes of MtMtnMan , Linda, etc and feel like much of my success is due to using their sage advice to advantage. Gotta give you guys props where props are due.
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One of the reasons I pulled back from the regionals is I have to watch the check details like a HAWK. Constantly having to dispute just grates on me. Stuff like a flat fee invoiced for $440.00 that pays 70 days later for $186.00 "Opps, I guess I looked at your invoice then billed the client per item instead" blah blah blah.
Also one of the reasons we fired most of them. $57 grass cuts come back as $42.50, $85 gutter cleanout comes back as $66, etc. You invoice for 15k that month and even after their 25% discount you have to pay staff or spend the time yourself chasing down a couple bucks here and a couple bucks there. "Sorry, we'll resubmit to accounting for next month."
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Still can't believe the banks pay for this crap. I'm just not cut out to do something for nothing and collect money for it. Dad didn't raise me that way............
I understand what your saying. Due to the drought this year we could have stopped mowing by the end of July. We still sent crews out. Sprayed and cut the weeds, pruned the shrubs and striped the yards to keep up the appearance that they were occupied, and the lenders know someone has been by to confirm if anything is broken, burning, stolen or vandalized.
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I'm just not cut out to do something for nothing and collect money for it. Dad didn't raise me that way............


Your other daddy didn't have a problem with it.

Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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I used to feel the same way but I'm over it now, if that's what they want then that's what I'll give them. The part I can't stand is looking like the FOOL doing it. You know damn well every person, contractor or landscaper driving by is shaking their head and laughing their azzes off at you for cutting lawns that look like that.
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I doubt you look like a fool. If your like us then you look like the answer man. Every grass cut it seems a neighbor has to come over and start barking about "Who owns this place?" "When are they ever going to sell it?" "How much?" "When are you going to fix the roof, the sprung storm door, the trash, the fence, bla, bla, bla.?"
They can squawk at you but they can't call the number on the door.
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I doubt you look like a fool. If your like us then you look like the answer man. Every grass cut it seems a neighbor has to come over and start barking about "Who owns this place?" "When are they ever going to sell it?" "How much?" "When are you going to fix the roof, the sprung storm door, the trash, the fence, bla, bla, bla.?"
They can squawk at you but they can't call the number on the door.

I would say MAYBE one out of 30 neighbors ever even acknowledge us out here.............
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I would say MAYBE one out of 30 neighbors ever even acknowledge us out here.............

Same here
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