The following is a sample contract for removal-jobs by tree services. This sample contract pertains to proposed work to be done on a tree that presents a hazard, and which the customer therefore wants removed (or, at least, trimmed). A different form would be needed for a tree posing no hazard, which the customer just wanted pruned so as to give it a more pleasing shape.
Page 1 of the Contract
As a sample contract, the following should not be considered a binding legal document. For the latter, consult your lawyer. This sample contract will, however, indicate what factors you, as a customer, would be wise to consider, should you be shopping for tree services.
Acme Tree Service, Inc.
P.O. Box 123, Greenville, XX 1-800-123-4567
Tree care of ornamental and shade trees shall be performed by Acme Tree Service certified arborists. Acme Tree Service is fully insured and all workers are covered by worker’s compensation, property damage, public liability and complete operation insurance.
Remove one lower limb reaching over neighbor’s house. Prune limbs to trunk. Buck up larger wood into 18-inch lengths -- $395.00.
Acceptance of proposal. The above prices, specifications and conditions are satisfactory and hereby accepted. Acme Tree Service is authorized to do the work as specified. Payment within 30 days upon completion.
Page 2 of the Contract
On page 1 (above), an overview of the job has been laid out. Page 2 deals with some of the thornier issues, such as insurance. For convenience, this part of the contract can be distinguished from page 1 by calling it the "terms and conditions" part of the contract. It may not be as sexy as the part of the agreement that quotes prices, but it is very important. Indeed, the devil is in the details with this kind of work. Your first impression may be that page 2 consists of the "fine print," but you, as the customer, must know precisely what these details are.
Terms and Conditions of Tree Service Contract
Performance by Acme Tree Service, Inc.:
Work crews shall arrive at the job site unannounced unless otherwise noted herein. Acme Tree Service, Inc. shall attempt to meet all performance dates, but shall not be liable for damages due to delays from inclement weather or other causes beyond our control.
All work will be performed in a professional manner by experienced personnel outfitted with the appropriate tools and equipment to complete the job properly. Unless otherwise indicated herein, Acme Tree Service, Inc. will remove wood, brush and debris incidental to the work.
Acme Tree Service, Inc. is insured for liability resulting from injury to persons or property, and all its employees are covered by Workers Compensation Insurance.
The customer warrants that all trees, plant material and property upon which work is to be performed are either owned by him/her or that permission for the work has been obtained from the owner. Acme Tree Service, Inc. is to be held harmless from all claims for damages resulting from the customer’s failure to obtain such permission.
Terms of Payment:
All accounts are net payable upon receipt of invoice. A service charge of 1.5% will be added to accounts not fully paid 30 days subsequent to the invoice date.
If outside assistance is used to collect the account, the customer is responsible for all costs associated with the collection, including, but not limited to, attorney fees and court costs.