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Property management co. Has there own contract and terms?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by milsaps118, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    We have a large property management company located here that manages properties in various locations in other states and they have their own bid specs or contract requirements. At first I had the same reaction that you did. I wasn't interested. It was to specific and more like a job description. Then I realized that this is a document that they use at all their locations for obtaining like bids. They also request bids every year after submiting the bid they never get back to me on the results. After chasing them down, I find out I was underbid. I don't like it but I end of bidding every time they call me anyway.
  2. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 365

    It's really not that big of a deal. Just read through it, and if it is good for you, sign it.
  3. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I just received a packet of information today for an apartment complex. I had a headache by the time i finished reading it all through. they put as much detail into it as they possibly could. its interesting how different commercial bizs operate. most are like "give me a bid for some grass cuttin" and others are like "here is our contractor agreement BOOK, and make sure you sign all 50 lines"
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    What is it that you dont like? If there is no deal breaker its no big deal. Some companies just like everything to be the same. I did a estimate once that required a spring and fall leaf cleanup. Obviously a company from the north because the only trees on the property were palm trees so there would be no leaves to cleanup.
  5. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    its not that i dont like it. it just could be so much more simpler, not as detailed. but...it does help them cause everyone's bids will be for the same services. its got its positives and negatives
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    What the heck is a property rooster? If the ol boy crows 3 times before dawn, do you get the contract:laugh:
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    Some of the above posts make no sense (yes, sense, not since). "I don't live by somebody else's rules, ..." or words to that effect have been repeated a few times.

    What can be so different between your T&Cs and the T&Cs on their sheet of paper? From the comments made, it sounds like the two sets are entirely different.

    If I was the property owner, I would do the same thing. Then all contracts are the same, or nearly the same. Asking for contractors would put everybody on the same footing. Nobody has an advantage over somebody else, unless they rewrote the contract making it more favorable to themselves.

    The process is called contract negotiation. If you slide your document across the table, and the property manger chooses to rewrite your T&Cs, then a negotiation is underway. The differences need to be resolved. If the differences are not to be reconciled, then no deal, and both parties walk away. If the differences are reconciled, fine, a deal is reached, and presumably both parties are satisfied because they've signed.

    I am involved in a transaction (not related to the green industry) that begun in early December. Since that time, we have pushed documents back and forth so many times, I've lost count. At one point, I walked away. But, after that point, we both took 50 steps back, and constructed a deal in a much different way. After more negotiations, we finally have reached a deal, and have documents with signatures. I am not suggesting using three months to negotiate a contract for lawn services, but the point is clear: a signed contract is one that both parties agree to T&Cs, regardless of who initiated the process, and regardless of the path taken to reach agreement.
  8. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891


    I have one of mine crowing outside the office door right now, kinda makes that more funny.

  9. nickroqs

    nickroqs LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 37

    Most of the commercials properties I have use their own contracts. Cuts down on legal fees and the like. I don't mind as long as we're both on the same page.

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Why does anyone care whether or not Commercials use there own contracts? It levels the playing field for bids. Everyone is bidding apples to apples.

    I just signed a commercial contract that says I only have to edge the hardscapes bi-weekly and the beds monthly. We ususally edge everything weekly, so that's alot less work that has to be done. It also says that mowing in the winter months is "as needed" , that means that it is my call to mow or not, again less work.

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