Commercial Landscaping Contracts


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When creating a commercial landscaping contract there are some things you need to keep in mind in order to make sure that both you and the client are protected. If you are not sure the main things that you need to include in a commercial landscaping contract take a quick look at this presentation.

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Commercial Landscaping Contracts

  1. 1. 3 Tips for CommercialLandscaping Contracts Brought to you by the marketing experts at
  2. 2. When it comes to contracts, each one has tofollow and meet a certain set of criteria. Writing a commercial landscaping contract isn’tsomething that should be done on a whim or ina rush. It’s important that the drafted contract is well-written, understandable, and most importantly, agreeable. A contract will act as a formal and legal binding between parties.
  3. 3. Most importantly is the fact that the contract is signed by two capable parties, that each party agrees to the provided terms, and that thelandscape company will provide services to you in exchange for monetary payment.Though it may seem difficult, when done correctly, writing a contract isn’t such a daunting task as many think it will be. In order to make the task of writing commercial landscaping contracts much easier for even the most novice landscaping company, consider some of the tips and tricks in this presentation.
  4. 4. All Parties Need to be in Agreement• While it has been previously mentioned, one of the most important parts of contract building is ensuring that each party completely agrees 100% to the terms of the contract.• The contract by all means should be fair to each client who is involved and within the contract there should be favorable terms for each side.• Nowadays a lot of clients like to have wiggle room and you may run into some that can get their way out of contracts that become unfavorable to them. But, generally in this case, it’s your commercial landscaping business that takes the hit.
  5. 5. Have Set Contract Terms• No matter what you include or don’t include in your contract, be sure that each of the terms is clearly defined.• For example, some commercial landscaping companies will decide to include a term regarding non-refundable deposits. Things happen in life and not every contract job will go smoothly. However, with a term including information regarding non-refundable deposits, in the event that a job doesn’t go as planned, depending on the terms you have set in the commercial landscaping contract, your company may decide to protect any payments that have been made to you, which means that no money will be lost on your part.
  6. 6. • If for some reason a client experiences a random crisis in his/her life and cannot commit to paying the rest of the fees, the fees associated with ordering and gathering materials, per your contract, cannot be given back to the client.• Remember, time is money, and any time that your company puts into starting a job for a client should be paid for. Be sure to include such clauses in your contract.
  7. 7. • Companies may also want to consider adding terms regarding when payment is due, ie. no later than 30 days of the beginning of the landscaping job or you may want to say that after 30 days interest fees will be added to any payment due.• Commercial landscaping companies should also include terms that involve any type of warranties on plants and trees planted during the job. Clients want to know that the flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes, etc. that you provide to them will last.• No one wants to spend thousands on a new landscape that doesn’t last from year to year.
  8. 8. Remember, Plans can Change• You may find that a lot of clients have an “idea” of what type of landscaping job they want done, but in the end this idea is generally manipulated with certain details added and sometimes details are taken out.• In your contract make sure you include a term that involves change orders and any type of administrative fees associated with them.• This becomes extremely important when clients decide they no longer want a certain part of the original design as before.
  9. 9. • For instance, a client may say that he wants three flower beds planted outside of his business but a few days later decides that only two flower beds are needed, but you have already ordered enough flowers and plants for three flower beds, not just two.• In the end it’s safest to work with clients who have a clear idea of the landscaping job they want done, but since minds can change frequently, change order fees are wise when creating commercial landscaping contracts.
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