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Contract quesion

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Basilhayden, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Basilhayden

    Basilhayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    For you experienced guys here, what different lengths of contracts do you offer clients and what is your most popular length of contract?
  2. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 652

    3 pages standard. Could drop to 2 on a dust bowl or 4 with additions
  3. Basilhayden

    Basilhayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    sorry, I meant length in terms of yearly or during the growing season (which around here would be march-november).
  4. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    All of mine have always been 12 month contracts.
  5. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 652

    Standard is 12 months at 52 visits. I can make it for as many weeks as they like but it's still 12 months
  6. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    we very seldomly use contracts but the ones we do have are for 2 years.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    lawn maintenance - march thru december

    fert/pest - march thru november

    snow plowing - dec 1st thru march 15th
  8. g21

    g21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    In your location, you should provide them with a 12 month agreement. After you complete a full year and you pursue renewing the contract, you may want to consider offering multi-year agreements. Typically you will sacrifice some of the annual increases that you would like to pick-up, but in today's tough economic and competitive climate, you may want to opt for security instead of CLI's. I doesn't mean you can't ask for an increase, but usually you have to give some concession for the multi-year. Two or even three years works well.

    Good Luck!
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    12 months.............
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Long as they like, but per service are my favorite.

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