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Contract or not to Contract?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newbomb, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

    I have been residential mowing for many years now and have never needed a contract. I do mostly small lots and town homes and either bill monthly or collect while Im there. I have rarely been beaten for much money. I doubt if most of the customers I have with my residential setup would agree to a contract at all. Any thoughts?
  2. j fisher

    j fisher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I've found that contracts for residential customers are'nt worth the paper there written on. I tried them, and found that the ones who are going to pay will, and the ones that want, want. In fact, the only 2 I had not to pay this year were under contract. I have never had a verbal agreement customer not pay.
  3. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Before I went into business for myself, I worked for a number of years for another LCO, during which time I took around 30 deadbeats to Small Claims. Virtually every one of them were first-year customers. It was very rare to have a problem with a customer who had been around for more than one year. So I wouldn't worry about making your long-time customers sign a contract now. For any new customers, though, you might go ahead and draw up some service agreement. And yeah, just because you have a contract doesn't mean they won't pay you.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    In my area, I don't think most would sign a contract. The biggest problems I have had with non-payers were from people who rent their housing. I have considered requiring a month-in-advance payment OR a contract for those who rent, but right now the uncollectibles usually, if ever, top $200 a a year.
  7. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    A simple search (located at the top of every page) would have shown you.

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