I Aint Gonna Sign No Contract !!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by befnme, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    so i get a call the other day a guy wants a price to demolition a pond project of his and fill it in . i go over and give him a price and he says to go ahead and do it . so i tell him that we have to sign a contract to protect both of us . he reads over it and says "i have a clause to where if i have to hire a lawyer i can collect atty fees and that that aint right" . then goes on to tell me that he wrote contracts for the govt for like 30 years and he will not sign one . i also told him i needed a deposit and he said"there aint no way he is going to give a perfect stranger a deposit ".but he says"he will pay me in full when done". so i say to my self yeh right i have been through that song and dance before and i aint gonna do it again . so i left never to return . and no matter what i aint gonna extend credit without a contract and deposit . oh well .
     
  2. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a good move to me.
     
  3. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
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    smart move
    I need a contract to make sure i make truck payments.
     
  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What ever happened to the "hand-shake"? ? ?
     
  5. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    their hand slipped from my hand into my pocket ...... never again ...
     
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    i had a old bat do that to me so i told him got to h*&^% and flicked him off as i left. i will never get hosed again. fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.
     
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    actions like that just make you as bad as them.

    be direct, stand your ground, but please be professional.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah I think he did the right thing as well...
    It would be one thing for a 50-100 dollar job but from the sound of things it appears it was considerably more than that.

    But yes, I am also learning... Just be nice and get out of there as easy as you can, then just never return.

    Far as the handshake, that's all I do but when I get a funny feeling about things OR if the job costs a lot then I have to have half the money upfront. When they squawk that tune about 'not to a perfect stranger' then my attitude is real simple:
    You don't trust me?
    Good bye.

    I mean:
    - They DID call me because of a 3-thousand dollar ad, even if they don't know the cost.
    - I DID drive up in my car (usually) and they CAN read the plates, it is LOCAL.
    - I DO live here and have lived mostly here since 1982.

    Far as a business I been around for 4 full years, not my fault they've never heard of me...
    I sure raised cane to try and be heard back in the days, so if they missed it, oh well ...

    Last but not least, after 4 years it is no longer MY job to prove myself to them - It is THEIR job to prove themselves to ME.
    I know what I'm about, it's THEM I'm not so sure about somedays.
     

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