Poll: Mowing contracts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnBrother, Mar 6, 2006.

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Do you use contracts for residential mowing and maintenance?

  1. Always

    59 vote(s)
    27.8%
  2. Sometimes

    61 vote(s)
    28.8%
  3. Never

    92 vote(s)
    43.4%
  1. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    Do you use contracts for residential mowing and maintenance?
     
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    ALWAYS! I will never do any work with out a contract. There are too many "what if's" when you don't use one IMO.
     
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    I don't only because I'm fortunate enough to know the customer personally or through someone I know, so I'm not worried at all about needing a contract with them. In several cases, I feel that everything can be worked about because I knew them and they knew me before they became my customer.

    If I get residential accounts that I don't know the people at all I would highly consider doing it, however.
     
  4. TJLANDS

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,669

    Everyone gets a contract. Much easier with everything in writing. I try to stay away from doing work for friends and family as much as possible always seems to cause friction. Just my opinion
     
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I've never had a contract, whether commercial or residential, except........

    The two Wal-Marts I mow, I have to sign a Wal-Mart contract, and when I plowed 12 Taco Bells one year I had to sign a Taco Bell contract.
     
  6. ZaK18

    ZaK18 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    All my customers have to sign a contract.
     
  7. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    A true business will have a contract. Perfect example...Wal-Mart and Taco Bell.:hammerhead:
     
  8. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Id feel like an idiot having some old lady sign a legal contract to get their lawn mowed and if I dont get paid I dont go back other than to "collect"

    I do like to provide a list of services ordered for that year, and synopsis of what we discussed as far as concerns etc etc, but actually having someone sign a contract dictating things to the customer?

    Maybe you guys with a gazillion customers and half dozen crews do that but Im on a more personal level with my people and all future people.

    Now that I know Im not a "true business" anyone wanna buy a JD 757?
     
  9. deereman

    deereman LawnSite Senior Member
    from USA
    Posts: 518

    How come you are trying to get rid of the Deere? :confused:
     
  10. Livingreen

    Livingreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I've got an older woman for a client, and she insists on having a contract (even though I have taken care of her grounds for 5 years). Her contract for May-Sept. is around 6,000, she wants to know what she is paying for;) , plus it erases any doubts as far as any extra services desired. Oh, and her husband is a prior 3-term governor for AK:usflag: . But this is the type of client that my company is geared towards. People who want and expect the best, and having a contract plays into promoting a professional service.
     

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