Lawn care yearly contracts

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by venecular, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. venecular

    venecular LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 122

    For those of you that have yearly residental contracts, how do you set this up.

    For example: what services do you put in the contracts.

    And, if you could provide an example contract, I would really help.

    Thanks in advanced
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,300

    Just out of curiosity why do you want to bind customers into contracts? We dont use contracts and that is a huge selling point. We tell them if they are not happy with the service then there is nothing making them stay with us. Just because you have a contract doesnt mean anything really. Doesnt mean they will pay you right away every month, doesnt mean they wont just brake the contract and drop you, doesnt even mean that if they drop you you will win in court. If they go to court and tell the judge your services werent up to there standards you loose.
  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    We use yearly contracts on commercial accts only. As to what services to include, thats entirely dependant on what the client wants. Nothing more.
  4. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    I use contracts and have had luck with them, not everyone wants to sign one but i like knowing i have some $$$ coming in in the winter.
  5. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

  6. venecular

    venecular LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 122

    The reason would be ProStreetCamaro is not to get the customer into just a contract but to have jobs year round and to make the monthly cost to them less. Many of my customers like this and it is not something that I pressure, just offer. Either party can cancel the contract at anytime as long as the contract is followed as stated. I don't see how you can use no contracts as a selling point. It is a benefit to many of my customers. It depends on how the contract is written up. It is not to bind someone to a deal but to make it as convenient as possible.
  7. ChicagoLawn

    ChicagoLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    All customers are "contracted". All lawn and especially snow customers have approved a written agreement. The written agreement is simply a tool to avoid mis-communications, mis-understandings and to provide ONLY services contracted for. We avoid giving away the house!!!!!!

    Your book of business will be more valuable if it is contracted! You never know when you may want to sell the business or better yet plan your way out.

  8. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    With residential customers I use the phrase "service agreement" because it sounds less binding. Basically they agree, with a signature, to pay when you provide a service to them. I would include only the items that you do each visit in the contract and let them know that additional services will be dealt with if and when they occur. Make sure to add a clause about late fees and go over it with your customers as well. The whole point is to make sure that you get paid.
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,808

    Contracts are the only way to go , can the customer break the contract/ Sure if its poorly written. Try and break your cell phone contract . Contracts are an asset to the business . Contracts protect you the businessman . A handshake just doesnt cut it anymore

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