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Snow Contract

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PatrickDD, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. PatrickDD

    PatrickDD Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I started moving snow three years ago in a snow town. I have like thirty business or so. I took the business over from a guy that had been doing it for 25 years or so. He told me everything he did and i made a few changes but just went from there. He never had a contract for any of the customers and either have i. I have always been paid on time and everyone has been very nice to work with. Should i still make them sign a contract? What needs to be in it? Do I have a lawyer write it up? and anything else i am missing??? Please Help???
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    What is having them sign a contract with you going to do?
    It will not retain them, it will not stop them from firing you.

    sooo, what do you what to gain by it?
  3. PatrickDD

    PatrickDD Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Well i guess i was reading some of the other post and i was thinking about people falling in a parking lot i cleaned and taking me for everything i have. That's why. I am not worried about getting paid or them getting rid of me. It's about protecting myself
  4. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I think thats the nicest thing about not having a contract. You don't assume the slip and fall liability. If things are working out for you the way it is...why change it. Keep up the good work!
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    No matter how your contract is worded you can't stop them from naming you in a slip fall nor will it stop a slip fall from happening

    In the contract you well spell out your service, ie salting, plowing, when it will be performed etc etc, their lawyer will use this against you.

    Have you set up your company like using a LLC to separate your assets from your business?
  6. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    Not having a contract actually saved me from a 190K slip and fall!
  7. PatrickDD

    PatrickDD Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thank you. I like that I can keep doing it on a handshake.
  8. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,935

    Wish we could do that here, but not a chance.
  9. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    as we post , all of our customers are shopping around for the lowest figures , its the american way LOL
  10. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Times are tough for those that are not in the top 1%.