Not sure how to handle this one!
Went to bid a commericial property. Facility manager says they are unhappy with the guy from last year so I thought that could be could for me. He tells me what they are looking for- plow lot every 2", clear walks before every shift, apply rock salt to walks and lot when needed. They want an allinclusive price for everything. (No Problem). Until he tells me they do not signed contracts, only issue po's so they can fire you if you screw up. I dont plan on screwing up but I'm thinking what if we get a ton of snow Dec and Jan then they find a guy cheaper in Feb and they say your outa here. Just wondering if I should even submit a bid or just walk away. What do you guys think? O and there payment terms are 60 days!
Just get them to sign an agreement on payment terms and conditions. If it's a per plow and you can keep up with the snow and get paid,and you get let go in Fed for a cheaper guy when it don't snow ,who wins?
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I would be weary of working without a contract. I do some work for the very best property managers in Chicagoland and I have never worked without a contract. Our company provides snow removal and landscaping services to all types of properties in the area ranging from apartment to condos and even large commercial headquarters. If they will not sign a contract then there may be financial concerns. A good manager will work with the contractor on any contract terms and budget constraints in order to select a great snow removal company. A fine manager and snow contractor make a great team and will allow everyone to be satisfied with the situation even the tenants.
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I would present the guy with the reason for a contract. That should be to save his butt and that of the business that operates the site. No contract means they assume all risk for a slip and fall claim. Are they willing to risk their business over this? I would recommend that he asks his insurer if this is wise on their part. My bet after he has a chance to absorb that info and even check into it, he will be willing to sign on the dotted line.
-25 Centigrade is not cold you flower, get back to work!