Landscape lighting contract disclosures

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Dbilik1, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. Dbilik1

    Dbilik1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I’ve been bidding on more and commercial and sub work for larger contractors and don’t really have much legal jargon on my proposals. I am realizing that I need to add these things but I don’t really know where to start in terms to what all is relevant and necessary. For example I recently had a contractor call me to ask is I was excluding “dust control”. I’m aware that here in the desert if you kick up a lot of dust you need to wet your jobsite down but It’s not something I ever put much thought into, I know a lot of Contractors make mention of those things in their proposals. Another example is I bid a project and didn’t realize the architect specified all landscape lighting wiring be trenched 18” and run in pvc conduit which I initially missed in the notes. This was brought to my attention by the general and I revised my bid but had it not been it could have turned a nice project into a loser. I’m sure I can find a list of construction contract disclosure but I’d like to put something together a little more industry specific. Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Review any of contracts that you have gotten from General Contractors. You can often take the wording and work it towards your trade.

    As far as rock clauses, general specs, terms, conditions or exclusions you will need to come up with those on your own, but it is not difficult.
     
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  3. Jimmy Turks

    Jimmy Turks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Hire a Lawyer...
    You don't expect a lawyer to do their own lighting, so why would you think that it would be a good idea to do your own legal contracts?
     
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  4. Dbilik1

    Dbilik1 LawnSite Member
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    Yes Jimmy, that is what I am going to do I think over the winter in the next mont or two. A landscaper friend told me that construction law as opposed to contract law is the correct type of lawyer for this. I just question how they will know what need to include since this is a kinda unique specialty type biz. I know I can come up with some of the things it needs to include but it’s the things I haven’t thought of that I would really like to be covered on.
     
  5. brycez28

    brycez28 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Agreed, hire a lawyer to help with your contract. I hired one for my contract, cost around $500 total.
     
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 11,584

    force majeure
    every contract should have it.
    https://www.contractstandards.com/public/clauses/force-majeure
     
  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    you can purchase existing legal contracts and copy/paste, add subtract toy our own taste for much cheaper.

    the purpose of hiring a lawyer to write your contracts is that HE, meaning that specific lawyer is going to sue or defend based on the contract wording he wrote for you, thats a lot more expensive than you think.
    Otherwise, the generic contracts done by law students and junior partners for mass sales/use are usually fine, especially for the small contractor.
     

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