What are the steps to start a landcape maintenance company in Connecticut?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Slimreynolds, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    THE GODS HAVE SPOKEN

    :nono: NO LAWNS FOR YOU!!! :nono:
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  2. Slimreynolds

    Slimreynolds LawnSite Member
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    who's this goldpro guy?
     
  3. Slimreynolds

    Slimreynolds LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the helpful info.
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is my understanding that a home improvement contractor's license is not required for maintenance work.
     
  5. Slimreynolds

    Slimreynolds LawnSite Member
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    That was my understanding too...As long as you don't permanently change the property in any way (planting shrubs, walkways, etc.) and charge more than $200 for a job at one time.

    Pruning, cutting grass, mulching, hedge trimming are all ok to do without a license because it is classified as general maintenance. As long as any one job doesn't go over the $200 limit.

    Am I right?
     
  6. krzys555

    krzys555 LawnSite Member
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    the license is required if you do over 1200 a year in sales.
    and it is also required to get insurance.
    it only costs 220 a year from November to November
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maintenance is not considered improvements.

    From the definitions section:

    (4) "Home improvement" includes, but is not limited to, the repair, replacement, remodeling, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement, rehabilitation or sandblasting of, or addition to any land or building or that portion thereof which is used or designed to be used as a private residence, dwelling place or residential rental property, or the construction, replacement, installation or improvement of driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, roofs, siding, insulation, sunrooms, flooring, patios, landscaping, fences, doors and windows and waterproofing in connection with such land or building or that portion thereof which is used or designed to be used as a private residence, dwelling place or residential rental property or the removal or replacement of a residential underground heating oil storage tank system, in which the total cash price for all work agreed upon between the contractor and owner exceeds two hundred dollars. "Home improvement" does not include: (A) The construction of a new home; (B) the sale of goods by a seller who neither arranges to perform nor performs, directly or indirectly, any work or labor in connection with the installation or application of the goods or materials; (C) the sale of goods or services furnished for commercial or business use or for resale, provided commercial or business use does not include use as residential rental property; (D) the sale of appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and others which are designed for and are easily removable from the premises without material alteration thereof; and (E) any work performed without compensation by the owner on his own private residence or residential rental property.

    The Home Improvment Act in CT largely in response to unscrupulous replacement window and siding contrators etc. taking advantage of homeowners, largely senior citizens.
     
  8. Slimreynolds

    Slimreynolds LawnSite Member
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    ^He's right...In CT if you do more than $1200 in sales for a 12-month period you need a license. Not a big deal except the $220 per year for the license. They just want your money pretty much.
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it's maintenance it's exempt regarless of the price. Mowing, mulching, pruning, trimming is not covered. If you're planting, altering, installing over $200 for an contract or over $1,000 total per year then you need the license. There are very specific requirements for contracts, including a 72 hour cancellation clause and specific language in your contract. You even need to provide a cancellation form.
     
  10. Slimreynolds

    Slimreynolds LawnSite Member
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    You also need a sales and use permit
     

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