Offering animal trapping services to your lawn care customers?

Have you ever considered offering animal trapping services? This is a great topic that came up in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When you are offering your customers property maintenance, this is a service that could fit right in as an upsell. It could also open more doors to other potential customers who have yet to hire you for lawn care.

Think about this for a moment. What if a home owner is having a problem on their property with certain wild animals? Maybe you could set a small trap and catch the animal and then release it somewhere away from the home. This might be another easy service you could offer with very little additional overhead.

Animal trapping services

Animal trapping services

A lawn care business owner wrote “I have never thought of offering the service myself. However I do subcontract a lot of trapping / pest control work out.”

That is a good idea too! For others looking to do this, would you suggest getting a referral fee for each one you subcontract out or should you just do it in return for getting referrals from them?

“I go with a 28% subcontract fee. I bill the lawn care customer and pay the sub-contractor. I add 28% on top of the sub-contractor’s invoice. It goes that way for all my subs.”

Do you find that the subs offer a discount or do they give you their regular price? Maybe the customer doesn’t really care because they are happy with you.

“Unless I am giving them tons of service, they just charge me accordingly, like they would anyone else. I have never had a customer complain and I am very upfront if I need to sub-contract the service out. It saves them time and they understand that it takes my time to set it all up, collect money, pay subs, etc.

I have a very close circle of contractors I work with and I don’t leave that circle unless it is an emergency. And yes, one hand washes the other.”

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