Friday, August 29, 2008

Mud On Face

June 12, 2008 - The guy noticed that his lawn and garden needed some professional help. The lawn needed to be mowed - but more importantly - all the pretty flowers needed to be maintained by someone that knew what they were doing.

June 13, 2008 - The guy visited Craigslist and scanned through a number of lawn care professionals. He called many - but only one called him back.

June 14, 2008 - The guy received an estimate that met his approval. It was cheap. And the lawn care professional assured him that he would be performing all the work. So the guy assumed that quality would be top notch.

July 1, 2008 - The guy had some concerns. The lawn didn't look healthy. The garden needed some work too. So the guy voiced his concerns to the lawn care professional.

August 1, 2008 - The guy was getting worried. The lawn looked worse than ever before. And the garden looked like a bunch of weeds. So the guy made another attempt to remedy the situation. After all, the rates were pretty good. The guy detailed each problem so that both parties could be on the same page.

August 25, 2008 - The guy's lawn looked terrible. It had been infested with insects and his garden needed some serious weed control. So he called the lawn care professional to complain - LOUDLY! The lawn care professional didn't answer so the guy left a voicemail message.

August 26, 2008 - The guy left another message.

August 27, 2008 - Another message.

August 28, 2008 - Still no response. That's when it dawned on the guy that his lawn care professional had quit. Left town. Without any notice. And without any warning.

That guy is me. The same guy who should know better since he owns a similar type company. I'm a hypocrite.

So, I'm left where many of you are left when your maid leaves without warning. I've ditched Craigslist and I've ditched the cheap rates. Rates are important, but the end result is more important. I need a healthy lawn and garden and I'll pay for it now.

But just two months ago, you couldn't tell me these things. You couldn't tell me these things because I didn't understand these things. I thought all lawn care people were the same - especially if the lawn care professional promised to perform all the work by himself. Of course, I was wrong. And now I'm paying for it.

It may not have happened to you yet. But keep hiring fly by the night service companies and it will happen eventually.

The mud has been removed from my face. My lesson is now learned. Has mud been on your face yet?

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