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service agreement in estimates???

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CelticGreens, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. CelticGreens

    CelticGreens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    do any of you guys have the "small writing" on your estimates. where you basically spell everything out. basically you write your terms for the service agreement at the bottom of your estimates? or do you wait until they aprove the estimates and then send them a signature required contract? i have room on my estimates for this, and feel like i should include it.

    for those of you that do it, what do you write? can anyone post what they write so i can get an idea? i am not trying to copy you, and i promise i wont, i just need to figure out what needs to be there and what doesn't. thanks for any help.
  2. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    I have both, one is for general use like mulch installs and plants exc. and the other full page agreement is for mowing only
  3. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    for mowing my aggreement IS the estimate. If they like it they sign it and send it back.
  4. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    We have two page contracts with 10 font.
  5. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    wow, that would make me feel like I was buying a car, lol
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    some residentials dont like contracts, it states in my estimate, when you sign the estimate, that is the lawn care agreement...

    agreements doesnt scare as bad as the word contract.... this is info i read here, i cant say fact or not...

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    When most people ask for an estimate, they really mean they want "the price". My "estimate" form has a place to sign and date down at the bottom. In addition I list how the billing works, so it's all spelled out for them. For your standard mowing account, it doesn't need to be very complicated.

    I refer to them as "service agreements", sounds friendlier...
  8. CelticGreens

    CelticGreens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    can anyone copy and paste there so i can get an idea of what is needed and what isn't. im not copying, i just want to do it right.
  9. urbanlandscape

    urbanlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I include a contract (which I do call an "Agreement" because it sounds less scary) whenever I send out or present an estimate. That gives potential clients an opportunity to agree with everything I have set out. Then, make adjustments after that. Guerilla marketing principles, give them numerous opportunities to close the sale.
    Regarding the use of contracts, it all depends on where you are. I, personally wouldn't work without them. The two times I have, I got burned. Not big, a few hundred bucks, but big enough for me to learn my lesson.
    This year I went to a three page Agreement. Page 1 is the contract stuff. Page 2 (Exhibit A) is the spec sheet that outlines the work to be done. Page 3 (Exhibit B) outlines my companies policies otherwise know as "terms of service".
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi CelticGreens,

    Feel free to use any of the contacts located here.

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