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plowing contracts

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dreisman, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. dreisman

    dreisman Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I am looking for written contracts to help me through the 2003-04 season. Last year during the Feb storm I took a beating with clients. Please e-mail blank contracts or send to Reisman Lawn Service Inc. 4705 Gettysburg Road Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055. Thanks...:)
     
  2. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    hey what i normally do is charge by the storm most cases you make except for the big ugly ones some of my custamers i charge by the inch 1-4 4-8 8-12 then anything after that depending on the size of the lot roughly 100 every time i go
     
  3. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    i charge by the amount like east said he does for some cust. 1-4 ,4-8, etc........
     
  4. Tim Enix

    Tim Enix Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Hello, I am new to this also and need some clairification when you say you charge by the storm 2-4 4-8 and so on Do you charge one price for the inches no matter how many times you have to go back during a storm?

    Thank's
    Tim
     
  5. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    Gentlemen - You can do a little searching and find alot of information! When I first discovered plow site I looked through every thread that was pertaint to my operation. I was glad I went throught the exercise

    Lots of info on Contract content!

    Chuck B.
     
  6. beherit316

    beherit316 Banned
    Messages: 78

    Some suggestions:

    Every years I seem to find myself adding new stipulation's to my plowing contracts.one problem I experienced was the kind neighbor doing my work for me, so I added in my contract that I have to be notified if someone has done my contract if not i charge a $39.99 service charge.
    I also added in my contract that my company charges and $39.99 re-open driveway/parking lot entrance after the job is complete.Because it is bound to happen where a city plow will barracade the driveway in after you plowed that site.
    I never raise the amount of plowing service for repeat customer's year after year.You tend to keep customers longer this way.It is always good to have a new contract written up each year and mailed out around this time on so that you willl have it sent back to you by the snow season.One year a customer moved without notifying me and inturn i serviced his account and he owed me in access of $150.00, luckily the new home owner wanted to be serviced and payed me most of the bill which she had no obligation to pay whatso ever.
    Another good thing to add to contracts is that the homeowner/business owner is to notify you as to if there is any hidden objects such as toys ect on the driveway covered by snow, I state that my company is not responsible for any damages that may occur.I aslo tell customers/business owners that they have to place reflective markers up near curbs ect otherwise I aM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGING THEM.
     
  7. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Not to be a wise guy but don't these two things go against each other?

    You plowed a house where you had no signed contract returned and then you say that the person owes you money?

    Why? Just because you used to plow it and you assumed that he wanted you to still do it.?

    You lucked out that the new owner wanted it done or otherwise you'd be out all of the money.

    Dan
     
  8. beherit316

    beherit316 Banned
    Messages: 78

    Well what happen was I called all my contracts one year and left messages on their voicemail saying that i would be around again to service them for the upcoming year, and if they did not want to have my services then they should call me back and let me know about cancelling.Well that one customer did not call me back and let me know they were moving and inreturn we serviced their account and they werent around anymore.

    Thats why I say it is best to write new contracts up every year and have them sign it and mail it back to you so you dont run into any problems.
     
  9. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Thanks for the clarification.

    If i have/ or had an automatic renewal or had spoke to the person directly about the up coming year i'd say they were at fault.

    But just leaving a message can be kinda iffy. I have two boys 8 & 12 yrs old and they've been know to erase messages before we've heard them, I can only imagine that others run into the same thing at their houses too.:D

    Dan