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Yearly contracts quiting after growing season???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AuburnGuy, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    This is my firs year with Year-round contracts. I have not had this happen yet, but How do you guys handle this. Obviously The mowing price in the summer is a little cheaper than it should be because there are a few months where you will not be working very much. Do you guys have something in your contracts that charge a fee if they end the contract early, which causes them to get a deal in the summer and stiffing you in the winter?

    Thanks for the help. I have not come up with a good plan for this.
  2. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    In my contracts they can only cancel if I am not doing a good job.If they want to cancel and I know I have lived up to my contract I will give them the option to buy the rest of the contract out or we will have to go to court.
  3. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 811

    You need to state in the contract the amount you are chargeing per cut. If you do 10 cuts and they quit then they must pay for 10 cuts on the day they quit. If they have paid $200.00 and 10 cuts comes to $300.00 then they owe you $100.00.
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    Thats why we dont have contract's. If they want to quit then so be it. A verbal agreement nowdays is concidered a contract and will hold in the court of law. We get all our customers from word of mouth so no contract is needed. Our work is our advertisement. Were not out to screw anybody so if a lawn doesnt need to be cut in the middle of summer, we dont cut it and we dont charge them. People on here kill me with all this "contract" mumbo jumbo.
  5. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 820

    Does'nt that leave you open to the customer just saying your not doing a good job. It's really a matter of opinion.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    you really need something clear in the contract saying where if they opt out early they don't get the discount, have to back pay for the discount, or owe you a fee to get out of it
  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Contracts........................are they notorized? It's a SERVICE AGREEMENT and it's not really worth much. It's really a bluff and most people know it.
  8. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    I agree totally, I don't deal with residential contracts at all. Personally, if I was getting ready to hire someone to cut my grass it would scare me away if they were trying to lock me down to yet another contract. When I first sign up a new customer I go over with them what I expect and when payments should be made etc… if they have to cancel my service I ask them to please let me know 3-4 weeks ahead of time, that’s all I require and have never had any problems. I believe in being straightforward to people and treating them like other individuals, and that’s also how I expect them to treat me.

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