Lawns are usually part of a property that is mostly neglected by its owners. Busy people do not have the time to take care of their lawns even though they want a beautiful landscape. Some may have a business to take care of or a job that requires their utmost attention. That’s why most of them acquire the services of a lawn care company to take care of their lawns, may it be residential or commercial. But before a company starts to carry out their services, an agreement needs to be signed by the owner of the property and the owner of the company. That agreement is called a lawn care contract which is a legal document that holds the two parties together.
A Lawn Care Contract is a document provided by lawn care companies to individuals who are in need of lawn service. This avoids any misunderstanding about the regulations and services regarding lawn care. It also serves as a protection for both parties. Stated in the contract are the list of lawn services to be done by a landscaper, the schedule of when and how many times the service will be done, and the cost of the services.
When you sign a lawn care contract, you will be worry free about taking care of your lawn maintenance. You don’t even have to do lawn mowing since your lawn will be taken care of regularly. The service can be scheduled monthly, weekly or depending on your lawns condition. The landscaper will know about your preferences on how to take care of the specific parts of your lawn and a procedure will be planned and stated in the contract. The contract may vary depending on the number of services your lawn may need.
Budgeting your income can be easier since you will have a regular and unchanging bill for your lawn care. The landscaping company can only bill you for what is stated in the contract. They can not add anything that will change the cost of the service nor they can not alter anything in the contract. Alterations in the contract are to be made before finalizing it and changing something in the contract after it is finalized can be punishable by law.
You don’t need to think about the expense of materials or the liquid solutions that would be needed for taking care of your lawn. That is already covered by the company and is also part of the cost. Companies have an advantage in purchasing these materials, they can acquire them for a low price since the materials are purchased wholesale. Since the materials are bought at a lower price, it would save you some money because the cost of lawn care is also lowered.
The weather can be unpredictable, so even if it is raining heavily along with thunderstorms, the price of the lawn care will not change. The landscapers may not be able to work on your lawn or your plants may not grow accordingly because of hot and dry weather. The cost will be the same despite these circumstances, so read the contract thoroughly and ask about the emergency plan about the weather matter.
A lawn care contract needs to be well written because it’s a document that is used for legal purposes. Lawn Care Contracts prevent a dispute between the parties involved and they make both parties commit as to what they state in the contract. Here are some basic steps to follow in writing a lawn care contract:
A lawn care contract should have a thorough explanation for the services they will be doing for the customer. Some customers do not have the knowledge when it comes to lawn care. A well-detailed service helps the customer understand some terms that only lawn care experts know about.
You must specify the schedule of when the services are going to be done. It should be stated that the service will be done weekly or monthly. This matter also depends on the customers’ lawn condition. It helps the customers as to when should they be home for them to oversee the workers’ progress of working on their lawns.
A lawn care contract should have a breakdown for the total cost of their services. A customer often questions as to why the total cost reached a certain amount. Customers often whine why they have to pay for a certain service so it is important that the cost is well explained in the contract. A breakdown for the cost is going to help the customer understand what they are paying for and why they need to pay for it. According to S. Lock, back in the year 2017, the average cost of lawn care and gardening services per household was 503 U.S. dollars.
A lawn care contract should state how and when the customer will pay for their services. It can be through cash, credit card, debit card, checks, etc. The billing invoice should also be stated in the contract and what will happen if they do not pay on the said date of the billing period.
The contact information is needed so both parties will know where and how to contact each other in case there are alterations that need to be done in the contract before they finalize it. This includes the phone numbers, address and email address for both parties.
Lawn care contracts are essential when acquiring lawn care services. A well-written lawn care contract makes the customer understand its content. Before, contracts were not really needed for lawn care but as the economy evolved and somehow matured, it became an important part of the lawn care industry.