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Snow Blowing Contract Terms and Conditions

December 21st, 2015 ernie Posted in Snow Removal Contract No Comments »

Snow Blowing Contract Terms and ConditionsIn our last post, we talked about snow blowing contracts at a very basic level. This post is going to provide a typical list of Snow Blowing Contract Terms and Conditions. Many companies will ask the consumer to sign. In our opinion, it is one-sided and protects the contractor and not the consumer to any great extent. You have to depend on these guys wanting to maintain their reputation. If all of your neighbors are going with this contractor, then you wield some negotiating power. If there are problems, your neighbors may be able to help.

Snow Blowing Contract Terms and Conditions

In no particular order here are the terms and conditions that were recently provided to us as part of a snow blowing contract:

  • The contractor, company name, will not be working if snowfall does not exceed 5 cm of snow on the ground.
  • The minimum of 5 cm of snow must be from the same snowfall.
  • The contractor, company name, is not responsible to clean snowdrifts caused by winds. If the client requires it, it will be at an additional cost.
  • This contract is valid up to 250 cm per season. If the winter season were to exceed 250 cm in snowfall; a new contract would be applied or pay per visit option would be available.
  • If the client wishes to have work done with less than 5 cm on the ground, the client will be charged $65 upon the visit.

Your Driveway and Walk Way?

  • During a snowfall, the contractor cleans the driveway and walkway. Once the snowfall is completed the contractor will return to clean the snowbank at the bottom of the driveway caused by the city plows. If there is an accumulation of more than 5 cm of snow on the driveway and walkway upon his return the contractor will clean once again the driveway and walkway.
  • The contractor is not responsible for any damages done to any objects left on the driveway or walkway during the snow clearing. These include extension cords, Christmas lights, hoses, downspouts connected to ease through and other material hidden under the snow.
  • Our tractors that service our customers are fitted with Teflon blades on the snowblowers. The operators of the tractor do their best to not scratch the surface of the driveway. But there is no guarantee that this could not possibly occur. As a result, they are not responsible for any scratches done to paved interlock or asphalt.
  • During the length of the contract any trees, shrubs or other object that is in the front area of the property must be protected as snow cleared from the driveway will be placed in that area by the contractor.

Added Costs

  • The contractor only remove the snow from the driveway and walkway. Other work asked by the client will be at an additional cost.
  • The contractor will not be working on Christmas Day or on New Year’s Day.
  • Salt service is available upon client request, the service is at an additional cost of $65 per hour plus Salt bags. A minimum charge of $65 applies
  • Payments can be done by full payment or by two equal payments. One payment due at signing of contract and the last payment dated January 2016. Both checks must be given to the contractor upon signing of the contract. If the balance were to be received later than the date above a late fee of $65 will be charged to the client
  • This contract is between the contractor and the client is valid from beginning date to end date(specify dates)
  • Client signature is required indicating that he/she understands the terms and conditions.
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Snow Blowing Contract Template

December 7th, 2015 ernie Posted in Snow Removal Contract No Comments »

Snow Blowing ContractAre you about to sign a Snow Blowing Contract for the winter season? What are the terms and conditions on your contract? Is it all one-sided or is there some protection for you? For example what damages are considered and will they reimburse you if there are? If these and other questions are not addressed in the contract, then it is probably one-sided. Most importantly it also pretty much ensures that they will not take responsibility for any damages.

The following is the plainest of plain contracts. Our next post on Dec 21, will layout many of the terms and conditions that should be included. Of course, if you sign a snow blowing contract that only has the following, you are at the mercy of the contractor.

Basic Snow Blowing Contract Information

Contractor Information:

  • Company Name, Full address, phone number, and email information

Customer Information:

  • Consumers name and full address
  • Customer telephone number
  • Email address
  • Date contract issued
  • Contract start date
  • Contract end date
  • Charges, including taxes and total cost
  • Payment terms
  • Client signature area
  • Contractor signature area

There should be a reference to a terms and conditions sheet if there is one. However, not all companies will provide this. It is in their favor not to. As a result, if they do provide terms and conditions, they are usually one-sided. Of course, at least you have some idea of what they will do and not do.

Meanwhile, watch for our next post on the terms and conditions that should be included with a contract for a Snow Blowing.

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