1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation about fertilization strategies for success with the experts at Koch Turf & Ornamental in the Fertilizer Application forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Landscape Install Contract Wording.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by AltaLawnCare, May 25, 2003.

  1. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I have a good 2 page maintenance contract I use, and want to change the wording around to be used for installs.
    Any suggestions about some items to include?
    I think I need to say something about:
    50% deposit ;
    Extra materials ;
    Mother Nature Clause ;
    Theft of Materials ;
    Final Payment Due ;

    Any examples of wording would be greatly appreciated! ;)
  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I have these things in my contract. There is also a map of the property which goes with it, but that is done on a case by case basis.

    V. Permits / Utilities / Maps
    A: All necessary permits to be acquired by homeowner / property manager prior to the start of any work being performed.
    B: Homeowner / property manager is responsible for marking property lines, as well as wetlands borders of said property as listed in section II.
    C: Homeowner / property manager are responsible for locating and marking septic systems, irrigation systems, underground dog fences, and wells.
    D. Homeowner / property manager agrees to have any overhead conductors lowered to the ground should it be requested in writing.
    E. Maps not to scale:
  3. gilllawnservice

    gilllawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I would love to get a copy of that contract.
  4. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    Thanks, fblandscape.

    Heres what I got soo far...its in MS word. Anyone can take it and use it if you wish. I got the basis from a member here a couple of years ago. ;)

    Attached Files:

  5. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Alta, thanks for sharing the contract.
  6. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    Billy- The map I was referring to is produced by the contractor to denote where, and what work is being done to the property. That is why I have in there "not to scale." Basically it would be a freehand drawing, or something of the sort which locates the major permanent fixtures such as the house, the driveway, garage, etc. Then it locates any plants which are to be planted, transplanted, or removed, as well as retaining walls, patios, etc. I would also tell you to have them locate any other underground conductors. My never consists of any excavation, so I do not have the clause in there for underground utilities. However I do worry about septic, wells, and shallow lines.
  7. zukofsu

    zukofsu LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Thanks for the contract
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Payment is due to us on completion - that's included, and a an option for extension with our authorization.

    Otherwise, we've written in the $50 late fee.

    In Oregon, we are required to indicate either a guarantee, or, if none, then a statement indicating there is none.

    And we have to include the name and address of the state landscape license board on our contracts.

    A lot of our work is pruning. And a lot of projects are small enough to give on the spot estimates. So my contract / proposal forms have a small checklist of tools, ladders, tree tie, whatever.

    When I write up the work, or see the site, I circle the items on the checklist so I won't forget which tools to bring.
  9. vardener

    vardener LawnSite Member
    from MD 7
    Messages: 49

    Thanks for sharing the contract.
  10. Lacebark Boy

    Lacebark Boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Thanks for posting that contract form. I start a job today at 8:00 a.m. and I need something for them to sign. Yours' was just right. I appreciate it . Lacebark Boy

Share This Page