Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by John Doe Jr, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. John Doe Jr

    John Doe Jr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a few questions about professional contracts. What do you put into your contracts (if you have a sample of one you could leave it in an attachment)? When do most pros go out and have people sign their contracts? And how do you go about getting people to want your services that you offer? Any suggestions will help.
  2. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    We use contracts on all of our sites, especially commercial. Try and make your clients feel that your not trying to trap them into a contract. Use the contract to specify the amount agreed upon and payment terms. Even if you do have a One year contract a client can give you a 30 day termination notice if they are not satisfied with your work.

    As for getting people to want your services.
    Do great work at all times and the word will get out. Have refrences ready in case they ask, Having a website with pictures of your work also helps.
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Don't forget, a contract is notorized and a service agreement is not.
    Most of the time it's a service agreement we deal with and both parties can easily get out of it.
  4. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I would double check local law for the jurisdiction on contract notarization, often it only applies to real estate and other special circumstances
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    like said above, every state is going to be different. Here in MA we can not hold a homeowner to certain types of contracts such as for mowing or fertilizing. The contracts we use for those service are more of a service agreement stating the work to be performed and the payment terms, but the homeowner can backout at anytime so long as the are paid up to date.
  6. acculawnsystems

    acculawnsystems LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Yes, every state is different. In Missouri as well, the homeowner can back out at anytime in most cases.

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