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Sample Contract

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by IrishHank, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. adrianvbarrera

    adrianvbarrera LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

  2. michigangrass

    michigangrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    Lawncaresuccess has a great contract. It is really put together well. We use it and have not had a problem at all.


    I'd like to take a look...you wouldn't happen to have a link to it would you?
  3. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    There are some good comments now.

    I'd for sure add more time to the notice of cancellation clause.

    I'd include the $25.00 per returned check charge.

    I'd take out the reimbursement for services not rendered at cancellation, if they're cancelling. If you cancel, sure, but if they cancell they should be wise enough to time the cancellation with the time they wont be needing your services anymore.

    You need WAY more protection for commercial contracts, this will work for residential though.

    FYI, I only looked at the original post.
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    You're giving them to long to pay as well. 30 day's is way to long, you're giving money away. Does the gas station give you 30 day's to pay for your gas? What about if you run out of string trimmer line, does the supplier give you a month to pay after you take it out of their store?

    Send out invoices on the 28th and require payment by the 10th. Stop service on the 10th and send a letter. Start charging interest on the 15th.
  5. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Ditto........Due on arrival
  6. KirbyKLC

    KirbyKLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Way too little detail!!!! Need to be much more specific.

    Figure your total annual cost on the 42 VISITS per year (not necessarily cuts!!). Then divide by 12 to get the monthly billing amount to the customer. DO NOT include the per CUT price in your SERVICE AGREEMENT, ( customers don't like contracts). What happens in January if you only run the edger around and don't actually mow what is not growing???? Is the customer going to want a discount that month??? Explain to the customer that the pricing is based upon APPROXIMATELY 42 VISITS (not necessarily cuts) per year depending on weather, etc. and that the monthly bill will always be constant (no surprises in July when you mow 5 times, or whatever).

    Also charge $50.00 if a check is returned for ANY reason. Bill on the 1st of the service month. Give them til no later than the 7th of the following month or whenever you choose for them to pay. You'll be surprised at how may customers actually pay early.

    If you want more help with this email me and I will send you a copy of my contract.

    Also suggest that you purchase Bill Phagan's book on writing a green industry contract. Worth EVERY $.01 you will pay for it. Also suggest attending some of his classes and seminars.

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