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Old 04-03-2013, 06:31 PM
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I'm still working on my contract, a few kinks to work out and working out the formatting, but I'll be uploading it sometime on Friday for all to comment on, I appreciate the feedback so far and learning quite a bit on how people do stuff in this area.
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Ok, I got done way before I anticipated. Here is our rough draft contract, I couldn't wrap my mind to get it to look exactly as I wanted, because I'm wanting to make it a universal contract where it could be just weekly service, or if they are interested in having a monthly payment and paying over 12 months, I wanted to make sure to list services that could be combined into the total price they'd be paying every month. Hopefully everyone can see this as they read through it. Not very easy to get it the way I wanted, mainly because I'm dealing with alot of personal things with my ongoing divorce. Anyway please look it over and let me know either way.
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We take their credit or debit card and charge it monthly. They sign a contract and we go from there. We have not had a problem yet.
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I see a few problems.

There is no clause in case of a storm. I don't know where you are. But company's around me have run into issues with customers thinking the company should clean up after a storm for free. Not the case. Its an additional charge and your customers are first on the list.

Also you don't have a breach of contract clause. Meaning they could cancel at any time with no repercussions. Meaning if they are paying $300 a month, and they cancel. You loose 300 the next month until you fill their spot. I require 30 days written notice, and breach of contract requires customer to pay 50% of remaining contract minus cost to do work.

I have to read again but just a couple right off the bat. And I know we don't want to make people feel stuck, but you have to otherwise they will get you to so something and then bail on you because you are financing your work.
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I see a few problems.

There is no clause in case of a storm. I don't know where you are. But company's around me have run into issues with customers thinking the company should clean up after a storm for free. Not the case. Its an additional charge and your customers are first on the list.

Also you don't have a breach of contract clause. Meaning they could cancel at any time with no repercussions. Meaning if they are paying $300 a month, and they cancel. You loose 300 the next month until you fill their spot. I require 30 days written notice, and breach of contract requires customer to pay 50% of remaining contract minus cost to do work.

I have to read again but just a couple right off the bat. And I know we don't want to make people feel stuck, but you have to otherwise they will get you to so something and then bail on you because you are financing your work.
One problem I am running into is keeping the contract one page, and its hard to fit everything without making the text in the contract too small to be read. But it would be good to be able to add a breach of contract clause.
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Don't worry about keeping it one page. Hardly ever am I given a one page contract!!! You want to make sure that you have your butt covered in case something happens. Mine is two pages. Will upload later, I'm at Texas Children's with my son today.
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Have you ever thought about not using a contract for residential? Have you looked at the pro's vs cons?
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Have you ever thought about not using a contract for residential? Have you looked at the pro's vs cons?
Considered heavily and its mainly a protection from customers who never pay, its a way to have some sort of a signed agreement to where each party knows what's expected and being charged, and if payment becomes an issue, we have a legal document to take to court if needed.
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Don't worry about keeping it one page. Hardly ever am I given a one page contract!!! You want to make sure that you have your butt covered in case something happens. Mine is two pages. Will upload later, I'm at Texas Children's with my son today.
Looking forward to your contract setup.
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Have you ever thought about not using a contract for residential? Have you looked at the pro's vs cons?
Exactly my question.
I feel that residential contracts would be so much more damaging to my cash flow than helping it. People hate being locked in with a contract, I know I do.

Besides, them signing a contract doesn't make it impossible for you to get stiffed on payment. A customer can still call their bank and cancel a check or credit card payment. Then you'll say "but then I have evidence to take to court". You ain't going to court either way, pal. With or without a contract, it's $30. Losing $30 after making $3000 is the cost of doing business.
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