Contracts are written for the protection of all parties involved in a given situation. This is particularly important when conducting business, even for a simple business exchange like yard work.
What should a lawn care contract include?
The contract should include your name, the name of your business, the customer’s name and address, the date that the work agreement begins, and the date the document is signed.
If anyone else will be completing the work besides you, clearly state who else will be doing the work on the lawn.
Clearly define the lawn care services you will provide, whether that be mowing, trimming, weeding, or disposing of yard waste. If there are any services you won’t provide, make that clear.
For example, if you don’t remove dog feces from the yard or move children’s toys in order to mow, spell that out. If you’re willing to do those jobs but will require an extra fee, put that in the contract.
Charges And Fees
State exactly how much the client will pay each time you service the lawn, and by what date those charges are due to be paid. For example, you can state that the client must pay by the last day of each month, and if payment is not received after a grace period of 7 days, service will cease until all money owed is paid.
You should also include a provision for what will happen if you can’t provide service for some reason, such as a family emergency. For example, if you can’t fulfill your duties, you will arrange to complete the work another time at a 15 percent discount.
Writing a service agreement won’t take much time, but it may save you a lot of time and trouble later on if any problems arise.