In my part of the country I would probably lose the job if I expected a customer to read and sign something like that. If it was a much larger job I can see using that form. If this is the same job that was pictured earlier, a $400-500 job, I usually do them with no contracts unless the customer requests otherwise.
This would be instead of an invoice. This would be the only paper trail for the transaction.
So if it is under a $500 job you just do it on a hand shake or verbal agreement......???? Sounds illegal and unprofessional to me..... (not that I am Mr. Straight-and-narrow all the time nor have I been in the biz for long but...)
Again, this is how business is done in my part of the country. There is nothing illegal or unprofessional about doing business with a handshake. If I trust the customer and they trust me, this is how I prefer to do it. If it is a simple job such as the one you mentioned, then yes, I just do it and invoice the customer. Most invoices do not contain all of the legalities you list. That is what a proposal is for.
I should clarify that I do this with residentials only. Any commercial jobs have required a formal bid to be sent. I use proposal sheets and invoices from NEBS. Take a look at them. They are simple and get to the point. The program also allows you to add any comments you want. The forms are also professional looking.
I understand you are trying to learn and you are doing the right thing by asking questions first, but IMO if you try to push a paper like that to residential jobs, it may scare some away.
I wouldnt soften it up at all , I would add a clause about hazardous materials ( you never know whats buried or hidden). I would redefine the statement about clearing brush . Are you removing roots and stumps? I would have a personal letter of guarentee.
I would get a retainer or deposit of at least 1/3 . Cover your self
so if someone asked you to remove the carcass of a dead deer from their property (as was mentioned in a different thread), you would draw up a contract for that?
qdriver, it seems there is a mistake in the 1st sentence with grammer. i didn't read the rest.
i'm talking about the following sentence. i suggested corrections in bold.
1. This agreement is entered into by and between A GREEN OASIS, whose address is P.O. Box 57071 Jacksonville, FL 32241 and who, for the purpose of this agreement, is referred to as the Contractor, and John Doe, who, for purposes of this agreement, is referred to as the Client and whose address is 55 Phillips Hwy. Jacksonville, FL.