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A lawn care contract is a legal agreement between a service provider and property owner that defines the terms of the lawn care services being provided. It also lists any duties or responsibilities expected from both parties and serves as an important record of all services rendered, payments made, and associated costs. Legal documents should always be used when making any sort of agreement with a third party. A lawn care contract is no exception—it protects both you, as the property owner, and your lawn care provider in case of disagreement or dispute about their services.
A lawn care contract should include details about the services being provided, such as landscaping services, lawn care schedule, pest control, and weed control. It should also specify the payment terms, time frame for completion of services, and any additional fees or charges applicable. The contract should also state the responsibilities of both parties clearly in terms of safety precautions while performing these tasks, as well as liabilities that may arise from delays in delivery or other issues related to the job. Lastly, it should include a clause regarding warranties and guarantees in order to ensure customer satisfaction with the completed job.
One of the primary benefits of having a lawn service contract template is that it ensures both parties agree on and understand all legal terms before services begin. It also allows both the property owner and lawn care provider to clearly communicate expectations, payment amounts, safety requirements, and any other details related to the job. Having a template provides an extra layer of protection for both parties should something go wrong or be disputed in regard to servicing provided. As such, using a template helps guarantee that both parties will be paid accurately according to agreed-upon terms before any work begins.
A bid proposal for lawn care services should include the qualifications and experience of the service provider, the desired scope of work for a particular property owner, timeline and price estimates for all tasks in the landscape contract, and suggested materials needed to complete these services. Additionally, it should provide details about post-service clean-up and maintenance recommendations. The proposal should also include any warranties or insurance coverage offered. Finally, contact information of references should be included as well.
When billing lawn care customers, it is important to include all relevant information in the lawn care contract. This should include a fixed monthly fee for services rendered as well as any additional charges that may arise from time to time. After services have been completed, it is advisable to provide an invoice template or other form of receipt detailing what was performed and the associated costs. Depending on the terms of your lawn care contract with clients, they can then make their final payment accordingly, either through cash, credit card, or an e-payment platform. It is also important to ensure that all records are kept up-to-date in order to guarantee payment by clients for services provided per your agreement with them.
To stand out as a lawn care business, it's important to provide quality services backed by a reliable and well-crafted lawn care contract. Additionally, using independent contractors can help differentiate your services from the competition. Make sure they are trained to use the right products and techniques that will give your clients their desired results quickly while maintaining safety standards. Finally, having full force in terms of technical equipment and knowledge will enable you to serve more customers proficiently, resulting in greater customer satisfaction, which should ultimately lead to repeat customers with positive reviews.
Starting a lawn care business in California requires you to obtain certain necessary licenses and registrations. You must also create a lawn care contract that outlines the terms of your services, provides an estimate for the cost of services, and lays out the expectations between you as the service provider and your commercial clients. Lastly, having a professionally drafted template for your lawn care service contract will protect both parties from potential disagreements or disputes about their services.
Most lawn care companies charge based on the terms outlined in their lawn care contract. The cost of services depends largely on the size of the property, the type of services needed, and the selection of materials and labor required for a particular job. Prices can range from an hourly rate to a fixed monthly fee charged by service providers or independent contractors, depending on the scope of work. It is important to note that additional costs may be incurred if special equipment is needed or extra labor is employed to complete work in full force.
This Independent Contractor Agreement (the "Agreement"), dated [the date both parties will have signed] is entered into by [Independent Contractor name], an individual residing in [address], (the "Independent Contractor"), and [client name], an individual residing in [address], (the "Client").
Whereas, the Independent Contractor and the Client desire to establish the terms and conditions under which the Independent Contractor will provide services to the Client, the parties agree as follows:
1. Scope of Work. The Independent Contractor agrees to perform such consulting, advisory and related services specified on Exhibit A to this Agreement ("Description of Services").
2. Term. This Agreement shall commence from the date this Agreement is signed by both parties and shall continue until the scope of work defined in the Description of Services is completed (such period, as it may be extended or sooner terminated in accordance with the provisions of Section 4, being referred to as the ("Service Period").
a. Service Cost. In consideration of the Service, the Client will pay the Independent Contractor of $ per hour (the "Service Cost").
b. Expenses. The Independent Contractor shall be responsible for all business expenses incurred by the Independent Contractor in connection with, or related to, the performance of the services.
c. Invoices. The Client shall pay to the Independent Contractor amounts shown on each statement or invoice described in Section 3(a) and 3(b) within () days after receipt thereof.
d. Benefits. The Independent Contractor shall not be entitled to any benefits, coverages or privileges, including, without limitation, health insurance, social security, unemployment, medical or pension payments, made available to Independent Contractors of the Client.
4. Termination. This Agreement may be terminated prior to the end of the Service Period in the following manner: (a) by either the Independent Contractor or the Client upon not less than () days prior written notice to the other party; (b) by the non-breaching party, upon twenty-four (24) hours prior written notice to the breaching party if one party has materially breached this Agreement; or (c) at any time upon the mutual written consent of the parties hereto. In the event of termination, the Independent Contractor shall be entitled to payments for services performed that have not been previously paid and, subject to the limitations in Section 3.2, for expenses paid or incurred prior to the effective date of termination that have not been previously paid. Such payment shall constitute full settlement of any and all claims of the Independent Contractor of every description against the Client. In the event that the Client’s payment to the Independent Contractor exceeds the amount of services performed and (subject to the limitations in Section 3.2) for expenses paid or incurred prior to the effective date of termination, then the Independent Contractor will immediately refund the excess amount to the Client. Such refund shall constitute full settlement of any and all claims of the Client of every description against the Independent Contractor.
5. Cooperation.The Independent Contractor shall use Independent Contractor's best efforts in the performance of Independent Contractor's obligations under this Agreement. The Client shall provide such access to its information and property as may be reasonably required in order to permit the Independent Contractor to perform Independent Contractor's obligations hereunder. The Independent Contractor shall cooperate with the Client’s personnel, shall not interfere with the conduct of the Client’s business and shall observe all rules, regulations and security requirements of the Client concerning the safety of persons and property.
6. Proprietary Information and Inventions.
a. Proprietary Information.
1. The Independent Contractor acknowledges that the Independent Contractor's relationship with the Client is one of high trust and confidence and that in the course of Independent Contractor's service to the Client, Independent Contractor will have access to and contact with Proprietary Information. The Independent Contractor will not disclose any Proprietary Information to any person or entity other than Independent Contractors of the Client or use the same for any purposes (other than in the performance of the services) without written approval by an officer of the Client, either during or after the Consultation Period, unless and until such Proprietary Information has become public knowledge without fault by the Independent Contractor.
2. For purposes of this Agreement, Proprietary Information shall mean, by way of illustration and not limitation, all information, whether or not in writing, whether or not patentable and whether or not copyrightable, of a private, secret or confidential nature, owned, possessed or used by the Client, concerning the Client’s business, business relationships or financial affairs, including, without limitation, any Invention, formula, vendor information, customer information, apparatus, equipment, trade secret, process, research, report, technical or research data, clinical data, know-how, computer program, software, software documentation, hardware design, technology, product, processes, methods, techniques, formulas, compounds, projects, developments, marketing or business plan, forecast, unpublished financial statement, budget, license, price, cost, customer, supplier or personnel information or Independent Contractor list that is communicated to, learned of, developed or otherwise acquired by the Independent Contractor in the course of Independent Contractor's service as a Independent Contractor to the Client.
3. The Independent Contractor’s obligations under this Section 6 shall not apply to any information that (i) is or becomes known to the general public under circumstances involving no breach by the Independent Contractor or others of the terms of this Section 6, (ii) is generally disclosed to third parties by the Client without restriction on such third parties, or (iii) is approved for release by written authorization of an officer of the Client.
4. The Independent Contractor agrees that all files, documents, letters, memoranda, reports, records, data sketches, drawings, models, laboratory notebooks, program listings, computer equipment or devices, computer programs or other written, photographic, or other tangible material containing Proprietary Information, whether created by the Independent Contractor or others, which shall come into Independent Contractor's custody or possession, shall be and are the exclusive property of the Client to be used by the Independent Contractor only in the performance of Independent Contractor's duties for the Client and shall not be copied or removed from the Client’s premises except in the pursuit of the business of the Client. All such materials or copies thereof and all tangible property of the Client in the custody or possession of the Independent Contractor shall be delivered to the Client, upon the earlier of (i) a request by the Client or (ii) the termination of this Agreement. After such delivery, the Independent Contractor shall not retain any such materials or copies thereof or any such tangible property.
5. The Independent Contractor agrees that Independent Contractor’s obligation not to disclose or to use information and materials of the types set forth in paragraphs (2) and (4) above, and Independent Contractor's obligation to return materials and tangible property set forth in paragraph (4) above extends to such types of information, materials and tangible property of customers of the Client or suppliers to the Client or other third parties who may have disclosed or entrusted the same to the Client or to the Independent Contractor.
6. The Independent Contractor acknowledges that the Client from time to time may have agreements with other persons or with the United States Government, or agencies thereof, that impose obligations or restrictions on the Client regarding inventions made during the course of work under such agreements or regarding the confidential nature of such work. The Independent Contractor agrees to be bound by all such obligations and restrictions that are known to the Independent Contractor and to take all action necessary to discharge the obligations of the Client under such agreements.
1. All inventions, ideas, creations, discoveries, computer programs, works of authorship, data, developments, technology, designs, innovations and improvements (whether or not patentable and whether or not copyrightable) which are made, conceived, reduced to practice, created, written, designed or developed by the Independent Contractor, solely or jointly with others or under Independent Contractor's direction and whether during normal business hours or otherwise, (i) during the Consultation Period if related to the business of the Client or (ii) after the Consultation Period if resulting or directly derived from Proprietary Information (as defined below) (collectively under clauses (i) and (ii), "Inventions"), shall be the sole property of the Client. The Independent Contractor hereby assigns to the Client all Inventions and any and all related patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and other industrial and intellectual property rights and applications therefore, in the United States and elsewhere and appoints any officer of the Client as Independent Contractor's duly authorized attorney to execute, file, prosecute and protect the same before any government agency, court or authority. However, this paragraph shall not apply to Inventions which do not relate to the business or research and development conducted or planned to be conducted by the Client at the time such Invention is created, made, conceived or reduced to practice and which are made and conceived by the Independent Contractor not during normal working hours, not on the Client’s premises and not using the Client’s tools, devices, equipment or Proprietary Information. The Independent Contractor further acknowledges that each original work of authorship which is made by the Independent Contractor (solely or jointly with others) within the scope of the Agreement and which is protectable by copyright is a "work made for hire," as that term is defined in the United States Copyright Act.
2. Upon the request of the Client and at the Client’s expense, the Independent Contractor shall execute such further assignments, documents and other instruments as may be necessary or desirable to fully and completely assign all Inventions to the Client and to assist the Client in applying for, obtaining and enforcing patents or copyrights or other rights in the United States and in any foreign country with respect to any Invention. The Independent Contractor also hereby waives all claims to moral rights in any Inventions.
3. The Independent Contractor shall promptly disclose to the Client all Inventions and will maintain adequate and current written records (in the form of notes, sketches, drawings and as may be specified by the Client) to document the conception and/or first actual reduction to practice of any Invention. Such written records shall be available to and remain the sole property of the Client at all times.
4. Notwithstanding the foregoing in this Section 6(b), the ownership and use of the Inventions that are assigned to the Client in Section 6(b)(i) (the "Assigned Inventions") shall be limited as set forth in Exhibit B.
7. Limitation of Liability. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained elsewhere herein, neither party shall be liable to the other for any consequential, special, incidental, indirect or punitive damages of any kind or character, including, but not limited to, loss of use, loss of profit, loss of anticipated profit, loss of bargain, loss of revenue or loss of product or production, however arising under this contract or as a result of, relating to or in connection with the service and the parties’ performance of the obligations hereunder, and no such claim shall be made by any party against the other regardless of whether such claim is based or claimed to be based on negligence (including sole, joint, active, passive, or concurrent negligence, but excluding gross negligence), fault, breach of warranty, breach of agreement, breach of contract, statute, strict liability or any other theory of liability.
8. Indemnification. The Independent Contractor shall be solely liable for, and shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company and its successors and assigns from any claims, suits, judgments or causes of action initiated by any third party against the Company where such actions result from or arise out of the services performed by the Independent Contractor or its Independent Contractors under this Agreement. The Independent Contractor shall further be solely liable for, and shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company and its successors and assigns from and against any claim or liability of any kind (including penalties, fees or charges) resulting from the Independent Contractor’s or its Independent Contractors’ failure to pay the taxes, penalties, and payments referenced in Section 9 of this Agreement. The Independent Contractor shall further indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company and its successors and assigns from and against any and all loss or damage resulting from any misrepresentation, or any non-fulfillment of any representation, responsibility, covenant or agreement on its part, as well as any and all acts, suits, proceedings, demands, assessments, penalties, judgments of or against the Company relating to or arising out of the activities of the Independent Contractor or its Independent Contractors and the Independent Contractor shall pay reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses incident thereto.
9. Independent Contractor Status. The parties shall be deemed independent contractors for all purposes hereunder. Accordingly:
a. The Independent Contractor will use its own equipment, tools and materials to perform its obligations hereunder.
b. The Client will not control how the Service is performed on a day-to-day basis and the Independent Contractor will determine when, where and how the Service will be provided.
c. The Client will not provide training to the Independent Contractor.
d. The Independent Contractor will be solely responsible for all state and federal income taxes in connection with this Agreement.
e. This Agreement does not constitute an employment, partnership, joint venture or agency between the parties hereto, nor shall either of the parties hold itself out as such contrary to the terms hereof by advertising or otherwise nor shall either of the parties become bound or become liable because of any representation, action or omission of the other.
a. Survival. Sections 4 through 11 shall survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement.
b. Non-Solicitation. During the Service Period and for a period of [six (6) months] thereafter, the Independent Contractor shall not, either alone or in association with others, (a) solicit, or permit any organization directly or indirectly controlled by the Independent Contractor to solicit, any Independent Contractor of the Client to leave the employment of the Client, or (b) solicit or permit any organization directly or indirectly controlled by the Independent Contractor to solicit any person who is engaged by the Client.
c. Use of Subcontractors. The Independent Contractor may use trusted contractors to complete components of the Independent Contractor’s obligations hereunder, provided that the Independent Contractor shall remain solely responsible for such contractors’ performance, that the Client shall have no obligation to such contractors and the use of such contractors shall not cause any increase in fees, costs or expenses that would otherwise be payable hereunder.
d. Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including the documents referred to herein) constitutes the entire agreement between the Client and the Independent Contractor and supersedes any prior understandings, agreements or representations by the parties, whether written or oral, with respect to the subject matter hereof.
e. Assignment. Neither party may assign or transfer this Agreement in whole or in part, nor any of the rights hereunder, without prior written consent of the other party.
f. Notices. All notices required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective upon personal delivery or upon deposit in the United States Post Office, by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the other party at the address shown above, or at such other address or addresses as either party shall designate to the other in accordance with this Section 13.
g. Amendments. No amendment of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same shall be in writing and signed by each party.
h. Severability. Any term or provision of this Agreement that is invalid or unenforceable in any situation in any jurisdiction shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining terms and provisions hereof or the validity or enforceability of the offending term or provision in any other situation or in any other jurisdiction. If the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction declares that any term or provision hereof is invalid or unenforceable, the Independent Contractor and the Client agree that the court making the determination of invalidity or unenforceability shall have the power to limit the term or provision, to delete specific words or phrases, or to replace any invalid or unenforceable term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified.
i. Force Majeure. Neither party will be liable for any failure or delay in its performance under this Agreement due to any cause beyond its reasonable control, including acts of war, acts of God, earthquake, flood, fire, embargo, riot, sabotage, or failure of third party power or telecommunications networks, provided that the delayed party: (a) gives the other party prompt notice of such cause and (b) uses its reasonable commercial efforts to promptly correct such failure or delay in performance.
j. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of (other than any principle of conflict or choice of laws that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction).
k. Arbitration. Any unresolved controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, except as (i) otherwise provided in this Agreement, or (ii) any such controversies or claims arising out of either party’s intellectual property rights for which a provisional remedy or equitable relief is sought, shall be submitted to arbitration by one arbitrator mutually agreed upon by the parties, and if no agreement can be reached within thirty (30) days after names of potential arbitrators have been proposed by the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”), then by one arbitrator having reasonable experience in corporate finance transactions of the type provided for in this Agreement and who is chosen by the AAA. The arbitration shall take place in , , in accordance with the AAA rules then in effect, and judgment upon any award rendered in such arbitration will be binding and may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees, costs, and necessary disbursements in addition to any other relief to which such party may be entitled.
l. Counterpart. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. This Agreement may be executed by facsimile, digital or electronic signature.
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