This article about grass cutting contracts should be read by any property owner planning on doing business with any grass cutting companies in your area. It can save you money, and it can save you some serious angst. It is brought to you by Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth Metro area with outstanding acreage mowing. Call us for all of your tractor mowing and also professional brush hogging services.
Now, let’s talk about grass cutting contracts.
The devil is in the details with grass cutting contracts
Back about fifty years, when you hired someone to cut your lawn, that’s exactly what you got. They pulled out their lawnmower, or borrowed yours, cut your lawn, for a flat fee, and that was the end of the transaction.
The industry has morphed over the years. Many grass cutting companies have become grounds maintenance companies, and their services have expanded greatly from the old days of cutting grass. Now many of the lawn maintenance services include edging, lawn care, fertilizing, weed control, re-sodding, and a myriad of other jobs.
The whole point of this is to drive home the point that what grass cutting means to one person may not match what grass cutting means to another, and therein lies fertile ground for confusing and for a customer agreeing to grass cutting services which do not match what they wanted.
Sit down with the grass cutting company owner and give them a detailed list of what you want done with your lawn. Make sure that every point is included in the contract, and make sure every duty is listed with the corresponding cost of that duty. Yes, this will take some time, but it will save you money in the long run, and avoid confusion/bad feelings, and that is the whole point of this article.
What you need to know about many grass cutting companies
Please make sure you understand this very important point: there is no regulatory agency overseeing the lawn maintenance/grass cutting industry. To qualify, under the eyes of the law, as a grass cutting company, all you need is a business license. No training or certification is required, by law, and therein lies the major problem: a customer has very little protection against hiring unqualified people.
There is only one way to protect yourself from the scammers
Again, what we are about to suggest is time-consuming, but it is very important to protect you, the property owner. Ask for references, and then take the time to follow-up on those references, and by following up we do not mean a phone call; instead, get in your car and drive around to those references, talking to other property owners about the grass cutting company which wants your business. It is the only sure-fire way to protect yourself from the scammers in this industry.
A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing
At Keith’s Tractor Mowing, we invite you to ask for references, and we strongly suggest you follow-up on those references we give you. We are proud of our reputation in the Fort Worth area. It was hard-earned over the years, and it stands strong in a very competitive industry. We may not be the cheapest when it comes to lot mowing, but we are the best, and we are proud of that fact as well.