Contract ? Not looking for examples

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by scottishmaximus, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 290

    I was wondering how others get their contracts to their customers. Last couple of years I went door to door and filled out the information on two separate sheets. One was their copy, one was mine. Does anyone use carbon copies?? I was thinking about switching to this so that they have a true copy, and save some time, but don't have a clue where to have them made. Any ideas?

    Do others just mail them out? I would think most customers enjoy the one to one communication. I am tempted in doing this since I've had the same customers for years.
  2. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    There are plenty of placees to have contracts made. Kinko's will make them fairly inexpensive, but if you search around on the internet you can find better deals. I would suggest that if you have carbon copys made that you have at least 3 layers. You may not need it, but it looks more professional. Someone had a good article about that some where on here.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I use the 3-part type. I do the estimate, leave 2 copies for them, keep one for myself. Then when they sign up they can send back one copy and still have a copy for their records.
  4. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 290

    I'll probably go with the carbon copies. Keep one, mail 2 to them, and have them send one back if they want services.

    About how much should i expect something like this to cost?? Not sure where the local kinkos are, I'll try a Staples.
  5. Dallas Turf

    Dallas Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Pick up a dot matrix printer and a box of 3 part forms. Keep page three for your records when you do an estimate and leave pg 1&2. Always get page 1 back because it copies and faxes better if needed later.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I don't use contracts until after one season the customers has been with me. I know that it may be a gamble, but it doesn't pressure the customer into anything and it gives me time to build trust with them before I give them the paperwork

    I usually just give them an estimate to start out with that they sign to agree on the price, nothing more.

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