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hardscape contract

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by shade tree landscaping, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    Does anyone have a copy of a hrdscape contract? I am in the process of re-writing my contract, and just want to see if I am leaving anything out.

    Thanks in advance
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,601

    how bout we tackle it like this:

    you post your current contract and we'll critique.
  3. AllHardscaping

    AllHardscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Spend the extra dough and have your attorney write your contract. Just tell him what little extras you want built into it. It might cost a few hundred bucks up front but could save you big time down the road.

    Where I'm from you must have a contract for any home improvement over $1000. You also have to provide the buyer a copy of the states brochure on hiring a home improvement type contractor. Make sure you are covering your tail in every way possible. You lawyer can also give you copies of these mandatory brochures.
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    in jersey its any home improvement over 500. There is specific wording in a specific size font that must be displayed for the customer to read. Its apparently there to protect the homeowner.

    As for the orginal post. Even if you do what DVS is suggesting, I highly advise you to still visit your own attorney for final review and the added verbiage they do. Well worth the few hundred bucks it may cost you.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,601

    a hardscape proposal has two ingredients.

    1) it needs to be very descriptive in terms of the work that is being proposed. This is something that most attorneys can not be a part of. You need to spell out who what where when why how. I do this is narrative form on our proposals. What will the steps be constructed out of? How deep will you excavate? How many inches will the base be? What will comprise the paver field? the border? What will be used to make retaining walls? How will the walls be constructed? Who will perform the turf restoration? Who's responsibility is the watering and maintenance of the new grass seed?

    2) The legal stuff. Payment terms. Warranty. Property Damage (existing driveways, existing plants, etc). Yadda Yadda Yadda. For us, the legal stuff is on the back of our proposal in like size 8 font and consumes the entire sheet.

    This past summer I shared our wonderful hardscape proposal on another board and Diva Moderator Feulmur got mad because he thought I should change everything to his liking. LOL Now that's being a good sport! Because he is "man enough to admit when he is wrong"!! I mean, if he got so bent out of shape over someone's proposal, can you imagine how he treats his wife if she doesn't have his dinner ready?

    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    And what exactly does that have to do with the price of oranges in Florida?
  7. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I like this guy, he reminds me of me.
  8. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    DVS I'll send you a copy of it, but Im not posting mine, nor was I asking anyone to post theirs.

    I am going to have my lawyer write the actual contract, but I am going to present him with a rough draft so to speak.
  9. Al  The A in A&E TK

    Al The A in A&E TK LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 13

    Save money on your lawyers like I do guys, I get contract reviews from top attorney's cheap and a discounted rate if I ever have to go to court for my biz or my family, even like a speeding ticket, and check it out at www.prepaidlegal.com/biz/a_roper

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