Landscaping can transform a property, but how can you ensure a smooth and successful project? The answer lies in well-crafted landscaping agreements.
Scope of Work
Be explicit about the tasks involved—whether it’s lawn maintenance, planting, or irrigation system installation. Example: “The project includes lawn mowing, hedge trimming, and the planting of five trees.”
Specify payment terms, including due dates, accepted payment methods, and any advance deposits required. Example: “50% deposit required before the project starts, with the remaining 50% due upon completion.”
Duration and Schedule
Outline the project’s timeline, including the start date, any milestones, and the expected completion date. Example: “Work will commence on October 1 and complete by October 31.”
Equipment and Materials
Identify who will provide tools, plants, soil, or other materials. Example: “Contractor will supply all necessary equipment and plants, as detailed in Attachment A.”
Permits and Licenses
Note any necessary permits and ensure the contractor will comply with local and state laws. Example: “Contractor must secure a building permit and comply with local landscaping codes.”
Specify the conditions under which either party can terminate the agreement, including any required notice. Example: “Either party may terminate with 14 days’ written notice, subject to a termination fee.”
Warranty and Repairs
Discuss any guarantees or warranties, such as plant survival rates or workmanship quality. Example: “Contractor provides a 6-month warranty for all planted trees.”
Liability and Insurance
Specify what types of insurance the contractor must hold and what liabilities each party assumes. Example: “Contractor must have liability insurance covering up to $1 million in damages.”
Comprehensive landscaping agreements not only lay the groundwork for a beautiful outdoor space but also builds a lasting relationship between you and your contractor.