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Collecting on initial contracts?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by 1BadHawk, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    When you sign up a new customer for a seasonal contract do you collect any sort of deposit, or a portion of the total up front?
  2. Cut

    Cut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    When we was doing trees, we told the customers that we always get half down and the rest when finished. I thought it would be a risky adventure asking for money up front, but they gave us the money up anyways.

    They were mostly old trusting people. I havent tried that with lawn care.
  3. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    So nothing up front, just monthly billing?
  4. Grass Gator

    Grass Gator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    We usually require 20-30% down then the rest in 11 or 12 monthly payments (equal). We do however, offer a 10% discount off the annual price if paid up front but nobody has ever taken that offer....

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