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Old 05-25-2002, 01:40 PM
LAWNS AND MOWER LAWNS AND MOWER is offline
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Contract? No Thank You!!!!

I can count on one hand how many times I've used a contract. Mainly large landscaping jobs. I try to stay away from contracts if I can help it. Got a lead from one of my customers about his friend that had moved into town. Wanted his entire landscaping redone. Got in touch with the guy, met him at his place and walked the property. Told me what he wanted done. Told him I would crunch some numbers and get in touch with him in a few days. Gave him a call and told him that it would run around $10,000. Told him I would send him a contract. This guy said he didn't like contracts, that they made him nervous. He said, "Instead of you sending me a contract, why don't I just send you a check for $10,000 and if the job goes over, let me know how much more I'll owe you." After picking my jaw up off the ground, I told him that would work. Got the check today and haven't even started on the job. If only all customers could be like this!!!!

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Old 05-25-2002, 03:25 PM
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I'm wondering who has the list of how much work gets done, in what manner for $10,000? Without a contract, misunderstandings are common. It can start with a very innocent, "I assumed that you were going to do such and such as part of this." At least you have the money, now its reputation your have to protect.
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Old 05-25-2002, 10:09 PM
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Use the term "service agreement", but get it in writing.

I admire that the verbal agreements are working and you're getting 10,000 downstrokes, but sooner or later you might work for someone who's out to sqeeze you.
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Old 05-26-2002, 12:23 AM
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Its nice to see some people still have faith in the fellow man
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Old 05-26-2002, 01:04 PM
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Maybe things are different in NC than in other parts of the country. If so, that's great that trust goes far there.

In WI, people feel uncomfortable if there is not a contract, spelling out who is going to do what, and when. I had one customer tell me that anyone they ever had do work for them without a contract never turned out well. And conversely, any contracted work always turned out as expected.
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Old 05-26-2002, 10:29 PM
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no things are not different in nc, for that kinda money i would have to have a contract.. you may find yourself working for a long time for that 10,000... i hope things go well for you..
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Old 05-27-2002, 12:29 AM
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Smooth move! Give some hungry lawn guy $10 K, then milk him for $15 - $20 K, and beat him out of the difference. Pretty easy with no contract. One on one verbal agreements are the con man's bread and butter.

And I wouldn't give anyone $100 of my money up front without something in writing. Your guy is nice to be so trusting, and you're nice, too, for also being so trusting. Will no one, one of you, or both of you get burned???
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Old 05-27-2002, 08:19 AM
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looks like u just bought the farm . u will be doing everything for nothing in the end .u have made the ultimate BUSINESS mistake.unprofessional from the word go.
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Old 05-27-2002, 12:16 PM
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looks like u just bought the farm . u will be doing everything for nothing in the end .u have made the ultimate BUSINESS mistake.unprofessional from the word go.
Expand on this, please.

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Old 05-27-2002, 01:51 PM
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I recently did a web search regarding choosing a lawn service. Most of the web sites were Better Business Bureau, University and AG pages. Guess what? They all recommend a contract or service agreement. It's simply good business practice. JD
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