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What type of agreements do you use?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Clapper&Company, Oct 18, 2007.

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What type of agreement do you use?

  1. Hand shake only

    32.4%
  2. 1 year

    82.4%
  3. 2 or 3 year

    17.6%
  4. 3-5 years

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. 5+ years

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Agreement, I plow only for beer money

    5.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Just kinda wanted to see what every one was using !!

    We use 2 and 3 year agreements.
     
  2. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Our biggest job is a 3 year and everthing else is one year. I like the 3 year deal because you know you have it for 3 years and it's good for bugeting.
     
  4. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    I try to get 1 year but I only score those with some commercial. Residential you get seasonal. But do to every Bill, Dick, and Harry around here with a plow on the front of anything, some people only do the ye ole handshake agreement
     
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I push for all 2 years, so we know what you have long term, a few wanted 3 yrs so thats what they got :)

    I have a half dozen that are handshakes, they been dealing with us for 8 years or so now, them ones a mainly the accounts dad picks up ( i keep telling him its not the 80's any more)
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I preferred to have a 5 yr beer agreement!:drinkup: :D
     
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    I prefer to do business on a handshake. Every once in a while we get screwed, but not often, and that's how I would like to be treated.

    Some places want a contract, that's fine, I do it however the customer wants.
     
  8. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609


    same here. makes it a bit more personal and i figure they will be more likley to call me first than their lawyer first. if they require a five page contract then it makes me skeptical of them.
    and if something goes wrong say "i dont know them, i've never seen them before in my life".

    just kidding. :)
     
  9. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    handshakes are ok but i like ever thing spelled out
     
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    It really depends on the type's of jobs you have, your not going to do a 20 acre mall on a hand shake. I can see doing driveway's and small commercial on a hand shake though.
     
  11. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Ultimately I hope every agreement, whether a handshake or a contract is a lifelong agreement. Even a so called year long agreement can and should be a lifelong agreement.
    If it's not. Then something went wrong.

    Of course ownership/management changes or deaths/moves etc are always ongoing.
     
  12. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    well said snowplower
     
  13. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Thank you. And of course prices and specifications may or may not change over time, but customer retention is crucial.
     
  14. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Commercial is 1 year with extensions for 2 more.

    Residential is 1 year or life time. i.e. I plow my mother-in-law and that one is life time.
     
  15. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I would of bet that, more would push for 2 year agreements
     
  16. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Most of my marriages didn't last two years.

    Im just a fountain of straight lines.

    :jester:
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 19, 2007
  17. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    2/3 of my marriages lasted less than 2 years.

    Its like some plowing jobs...took three times to get it right.
     
  18. Snow_Pusher

    Snow_Pusher Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    We primarily use 1 year agreements. Everyone seems happy with it, besides it allows us to adjust our rates if need be. In some cases the customers want or require a longer term so we try to accomodate when necessary.
     
  19. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609


    (and people ask me why i keep getting engaged but i never get married) :dizzy:
     
  20. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Married people probably. They want you in the same pain they are. :salute: