How much money to charge for an overgrown cemetery plot a customer wants you to clean up.
Today’s blog post is a questions from a recent customer who purchased the Grave Care Business package.
“Hello. I am focusing on grounds maintenance in my new Grave Care Business. A recent new customer wanted me to care for her husband’s grave site. She knows I charge $25 to maintain a double plot but when I got there the grass was knee high. It hadn’t been cut in over a year. How much money do I charge for overgrown and neglected cemetery plots and what’s the best method of cutting high grass so it looks good?”
Overgrown cemetery plots normally require at least 1 1/2 times your typical charge. Sometimes, you should charge double depending how much additional work is involved.
When grass is very high you will need to make at least two passes with your lawn mower. Set your blades as high as they will go for your first pass. Use a straight-line mowing pattern (left-right or front-back). When you are finished with the first pass, rake excess clumped grass and remove it from the cemetery plot.
Now, lower your blades to the correct height for that type grass and make a second pass. For the second pass, choose a different mowing pattern. If you did left-right on your first pass, mow front-back for your second pass.
It is important to rake excess grass away. Unkempt gass will never look good after your first service. Once grass gets leggy, stems close to the ground become thick and discolored. Let your customer know it will take at least two services before it begins to look like a lawn again.
After your initial servicing of an unmanicured grave site, resume your standard charge as long as the customer agrees to regular servicing.
Don’t forget, the Grave Care Business program includes a large pricing guidebook that tells you how much to charge for certain services.
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