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Snow Removal Ettiquett

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Boyerlandscape, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Boyerlandscape

    Boyerlandscape Member
    Messages: 31

    I think I spelt right...:]

    So I have a few commercial accounts which if it actually snows a bit here will require hauling off site.

    (It is of course to late for this year but...) Is it legal, binding, and will they even sign, a clause in future contracts basically restricting them to only using me for removal. I have no fear that they would go off to someone else for this service, but for future customers next year...If I was able to basically institute some sort of non-compete...more like non-hire...I could stand to be the winner. I bring this us because in the past I've been the guy doing work on properties the competition plowed.

    If this is possible, I see some real opportunities in other properties, some which I may not be interested or able to plow, but could lock them in for a hauling rate and monopolize myself.

  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 878

    It doesn't hurt to slip it in the contract and hope they don't object. That's how contracts are negotiated. The downside is that if they don't understand it and it kicks in, you may be in for a battle and you might lose them as a customer.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    So your in the mob?
  4. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    I litralee (spelt right I think) no idea what I just read or what you are asking.
  5. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797


    How many times did you read it. I am at 6 now... no 7, just wanted to check before i clicked submit. :laughing:
  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    8 now.

    Are you asking if you can write into the contract that they cannot hire someone else to do the work that you have outlined in the contract???

    I think this is what you mean???
  7. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I can't believe you don't have it in your contract already. Yes you can write it in and see if they will sign the contract. Yes you could approach other properties to inquire about snow hauling for them even though you don't plow the snow there. If the company doing the plowing doesn't have that aspect covered in their contract, you could get it. You would be unpopular with said company I'm sure. You could offer your hauling services to other plow companies directly and be less of a scumbag.Thumbs Up
  8. Boyerlandscape

    Boyerlandscape Member
    Messages: 31

    Valid point on if they wanted to fight it on losing them. As far as being a scum bag...to me, under cutting someone is a scum bag move. Competition however is a great thing, and at the end of the day of I can do the job more efficiently either for cheaper or more money into my pocket, I win.

    To the few above critiquing my spelling, please excuse me. New lap top, and I may have been indulging in a few cold ones.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,258

    You can write whatever you want into your contract......doesn't mean the customer will accept it.
  10. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,248

    Maybe that company could put in your contract that you can only plow and remove snow for them and not work for any other company. Would you sign that, not me.
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,258

  12. bliz&hinikerDLR

    bliz&hinikerDLR Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    THANK YOU for signing my contract. PLEASE don't stiff me for the work I did.
  13. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    Snow Removal Ettiquett

    There are no manners or politeness on this forum:laughing:
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,095

    Sure there is you just need to adjust you're standards a bit.........:rolleyes::rolleyes:

    I'd be nice to assume all business owners have some ethics, morals, etiquette and have employees that do too.

    If I understood the OP asked was a aboot approaching a property mgr aboot hauling snow or the contractor that's plowing the property.
    If so you have 2 choices:

    Approach the other contractor aboot being a sub for hauling snow. This could be a networking opportunity since it would appear the contractor doesn't have the equipment to do it. There's a potential you would be his guy for hauling snow and similar type of work in the summer. I sub oot work to guys that are equipped for it and they sun work oot to me.

    Or you can sit tight this season and bid the work for next season.