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Hardscape contract

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Cody Evans Kenney, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Cody Evans Kenney

    Cody Evans Kenney LawnSite Member
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    So i was curious how many of yall actually have a full on contract for your hardscaping?

    If so would any of you be willing to let me see it or leave me with a template so i can use it this coming spring. I did a patio last year with no contract was a returning customer so we knew each other, he had no issues without a contract but i would rather be alot safer than sorry this spring. Any help would be awesome! Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,401

    We use a contract, it explains payment terms, warranty, customers due diligence to receive any warranty work, scope of work to be completed, completion date and an out for both parties.
     
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  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 15,630

    There’s a plethora of examples if you use google and plagerize what you can find online

    With a couple days research and typing you’d have your own
     
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  4. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,039

    Pm or post your email I’ll send you mine
     
  5. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,401

    Couple of days? He’s not using an feather and ink.
     
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 15,630

    MOST people can’t type
    And he needs time to look through everything
    Decide what he wants to include etc
    I wouldn’t just go about spending a few hours on writing a contract that you’re going to use to protect yourself and your customer.
     
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,731

    A good contract isn’t a couple days. Not a couple weeks. My contracts are over 10 years of modifying, adding,
    Revising. Disclaimer after disclaimer after disclaimer. Statements required by the state’s we serve. A contract is a legal document. Written as if a judge is looking over my shoulder.

    Nope, not willing to share. Just trying to share my perspective.
     
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  8. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,351

    I have a basic 3 page contract made in my first year. I basically just sat down with a lawyer and he looked it over with me and made sure I had what was necessary. I'm sure I will need to add to it over the years. I just paid him $150, maybe spent an hour together and he looked over the notes I sent him before our meeting.
     
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  9. etwman

    etwman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,609

    You better have a good one. Ours is 15 pages, been modified who knows how many times. Then my peer group did an exercise where we reviewed all our contracts at a lengthy meeting. We merged them together with each other’s ideas, that was by far the most beneficial step. Then had an attorney review it. It’s probably one of the most impressive documents we have, but the most important.

    Spend the time necessary to come up with one.
     
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  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,731

    There’s the legal aspects, and then there’s the wisdom aspects!

    We are finishing up a demolition job. In 12 years I have NEVER, ever, lost money on a demo job. Well, this job, we encountered some stuff that I never imagined. Subsequently, I’m Losing my tail. Not a thing I can do about it other than be a good sport and finish it up. And.......sit down and make contract revision number 14,538!
     
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