Lawn Care Contract Templates

July 10, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

Starting a lawn care business can be fraught with obstacles, challenges, and new experiences. However, just because starting a business is new to you, doesn’t mean you have to go into it blind. A simple way to improve your chances for success is to follow the steps other more successful landscapers take. When you do this, you limit the time it will take you to get up and running and you speed up your break even point. Now let me share with you one of those important steps.

Anytime you deal with customers, you are inevitably going to run into problems. A big reason for this is you have two parties agreeing on two different ideals and two different outcomes because the end goal wasn’t thoroughly discussed. But what can you do to simplify your interactions with mowing customers? You can use a lawn care contract template.

Such templates are readily available across the internet and most of them are available for free download. My suggestion when you are ready to take this step is to not just find and download one landscaping contract, instead download many of them. Open these documents up in your word processor and read each and everyone. As you go through them, you will see certain issues that will apply more to the services you offer than others. For instance, will you be spreading fertilizer as well as offering mowing services? If not, then remove all fertilizer subsections of the contract.

Maybe on the flip side, you will see concepts that you hadn’t even taken into consideration before. A great example of this is how the home owner and you will deal with dogs? If the home owner has a dog, you need to make sure you spell it out in your contract that the dogs must be brought into the house prior to your arrival. Also, you will need to spell out if you are going to clean up after the dogs, for an additional fee, or will that be the home owner’s responsibility before you mow the lawn.

How long will your agreement to mow the property last? This needs to be spelled out too. What about how will the contract renew in the next year? Will the customer have to sign a new one or will it automatically renew unless the customer calls you to cancel service? When will the customer be billed and how long will they have to pay their invoice? This is another issue that should be discussed in your lawn care contract template.

As you continue on your path of business ownership, you will find it is always better to include potential sticking points in your contact than it is to avoid them until such situations rear their ugly little heads and then leave you liable. So don’t operate your lawn care business another day without a contract. At the end of the day, you will be glad you did!

Don’t let obstacles stand in your way. Be proactive with your landscape business management and as my dad always said, remember to dream it, build it, gopher it.

Mike Harris is a veteran lawn care business owner. He has offered his lawn care marketing advice to new business owners for the past 20 years.

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