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2005 contracts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tiedeman, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    So what is everybody adding new this year for their 2005 contracts? Fees, surcharges, etc.
  2. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073

    For one we are adding bobby's dew surcharge, and a hangover surcharge for those early Saturday morning jobs.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    I am seriously considering adding a small fee, say $1-2 for residential Friday cuts since so many folks want the lawn cut on Friday and of course we can only do so many and maybe even a $1-2 Reduction for a residential Monday cut giving the customer the option. What do ya'll think?
  4. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 430

    Contracts for 2005 will include Late fee, clean-up fee (dog), fuel surcharge, bounce check fee, move your garden hose fee, pita fee. I like the idea of charging extra for Thu, Fri & Sat.

    How early would you have customers sign 2005 mowing contracts?.
  5. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    I will be added the "DOG DOO" fee to my contracts. This year I have been side stepping them, but the one morning I got in the truck when there was some "leftover" on the ground changed my mind.

    Also, I will be increasing prices across the board due to gas increases since last year's contracts.
  6. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    I will be adding a clause for my vacation time in mine. Tell me what you think. I charge for 4 cuts a month......what about the months with 5 weeks? I will be taking one of those weeks off and it will be in my contracts.
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

  8. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    I think that I will add fuel surcharge next year.
  9. stizostedion_vitreum

    stizostedion_vitreum LawnSite Member
    from ND
    Posts: 51

    Our 2005 contracts will include; Mon-Wed Reg. Rates for Residential * Thurs-Sat + $5. Net 20 + Interest on past due, If there's dog doo it's double (I don't have time or patience to clean up this mess,) fuel surcharge of 1% per .05 in gas price increase over $2/gallon, $30 NSF Check, $10 non-scheduled/contract day service fee.

    I suggest everyone instates a fuel surcharge based upon a specific rate...
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I allows send out my contracts in November

    This year I am having a really strict contract. I figure it weeds outthe bad customers up front. Better to have a descent size of serious customers, than to have a lot of late payers and dead beats that owe $2k to $4k in outstanding invoices.

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