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A pressure washing contract is a legal agreement between a service provider and a customer outlining the terms of the pressure washing services to be rendered. It typically includes details such as the scope of work, specific areas to be cleaned, equipment and materials to be used, scheduling and duration of the service, payment terms, liability clauses, and any warranties or guarantees provided by the service provider. This contract ensures clarity and protection for both parties involved, outlining expectations and responsibilities to ensure a satisfactory outcome for the pressure washing project.

Benefits of a Pressure Washing Contract

A good pressure washing contract protects you and your business by reducing your liability for property damage and minimizes the financial impact of customers paying late or refusing to pay.

But more than that, a good pressure washing contract:

  • Sets customers’ expectations for the services you’ll be providing, when the job will be completed, and when and how they’ll be expected to pay.
  • Let customers know what needs to be done before your arrival, like closing windows and providing clear access to water sources.
  • Prevents disagreements and disputes about your pressure washing services and payment for those services.

Your pressure washing contract should be sent to a customer before any work starts. It can be sent alone or with your pressure washing estimate. Just make sure your client agrees to your terms before you schedule the job.

Legal Documents Needed for a Pressure Washing Contract

A pressure washing business also has some legal requirements and needs certain important documents to operate in the United States. These include:

  • Business License: Businesses will need to be registered with the particular state in which they plan to operate in the United States.
  • Bond: Owners may be required to pay a bond for obtaining their specific business license. Such a situation often depends on the specific location.
  • Sales Tax Registration: Business owners must always register their particular business with the IRS. It helps them with all kinds of income tax purposes in the United States.
  • Contractor Permit: Business owners may need a special permit that is specific to being allowed to pressure wash in a particular area of the U.S. state.
  • Environmental Permit: Certain states require environmental permits. These states need to dispose of large amounts of water into storm drains because of some difficult situations.
  • Liability Insurance: This particular document is necessary to cover any damages caused while pressure washing a specific residence in the country.
  • Workers Compensation: This document provides coverage for any injuries to a particular organization or its employees while they are on the job. It helps offer compensation to people in need at the correct time.
  • Equipment Insurance: This document applies to any pressure washer, company vehicle, and other important tools in case they are damaged or stolen.

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Key Inclusions in a Pressure Washing Contract

Your pressure washing contract should include the following details:

  • Company information, including your pressure washing business name, email, and phone number
  • Client information such as their first and last name, phone number, email, and property address
  • The contract start date and end date (if it’s a contract for ongoing services)
  • The pressure washing services you’ll be providing, like window cleaning or gutter cleaning
  • Your pressure washing cost and payment terms, including when payment is due and how payment can be made
  • Product warranties that explain that all warranties only apply to those offered by the manufacturer of the cleaning solution used
  • Any damages that your power washing business will not be responsible for, such as loose mortar, improperly sealed windows or doors, or loose gutters, shingles, and siding
  • A disclaimer on stains that cannot be removed by power washing, like tree sap, paints, and artillery fungus
  • Electrical usage tells customers they are expected to use an on-site source of electricity. If an exterior source of electricity is required, an additional charge will be applied.
  • Client responsibility that covers what is expected of your client before and day of the service, like clearing cars from their driveway or removing furniture from their patio
  • Terms of agreement that explain that by signing off on your contract, the client agrees to accept all your listed terms, and any damages as a result of the above are the responsibility of the owner.
  • Space for a client’s signature to sign off that they’ve read and agreed to the terms of your contract

Note: You can make one yourself or use a pressure-washing contract template. Just make sure to consult a legal or financial advisor to review your contract before sending it to a customer.

Tips on How to Bid on a Pressure Washing Contract

Pressure washing service contracts are valuable because they typically mean recurring work and guaranteed revenue.

Here’s how to bid on service contracts:

  • Start by finding a contract to bid on using one of the recommendations below
  • Visit the site to make note of the size, condition, accessibility, and equipment you’ll need to complete the job
  • Price your pressure washing services based on the specs provided and your site visit notes (including square footage, materials, and overhead).
  • Use your pricing to send an accurate estimate to the bid owner.

Finding and Bidding on Pressure Washing Contracts

Here are a few suggestions for where to find pressure-washing contracts to bid on:

  • Commercial Pressure-Washing Contracts
    • Commercial pressure washing contracts can mean bigger profits for your business based on the size of the property and the scope of the job. Here’s how to find commercial pressure-washing contracts:
    • Use online bidding websites like BidPrime or InstantMarkets to find commercial contracts in your service area
    • Check local newspapers for property owners that have open pressure washing contracts for bid
    • Cold call local businesses to see if they’re accepting bids for their pressure-washing contracts
  • Government Pressure-Washing Contracts
    • Government contracts often mean long-term guaranteed revenue for your pressure washing business. Here’s how to find government pressure-washing contracts:
    • Use online government contract listings like GovDirections or GovWin to find contracts and submit bids directly through the website
    • Check with your local state Department of Labor or local Chamber of Commerce to see if they’re accepting bids on any open pressure washing contracts.
    • Search online for “government pressure washing contracts + [YOUR LOCATION]”

Key Terms for Pressure Washing Contracts

  • Indemnification Clause: The contractor agrees to indemnify the client against any third-party claims arising from the pressure washing services.
  • Scope of Work: The contract outlines the specific areas and surfaces to be pressure washed, including any additional services agreed upon.
  • Liability Waiver: The client acknowledges any risks associated with pressure washing and agrees not to hold the contractor liable for damages.
  • Termination Clause: Conditions under which either party can terminate the contract, including non-performance or breach of terms.
  • Confidentiality Agreement: Both parties agree not to disclose any confidential information obtained during the contract.
  • Force Majeure Clause: Outlines circumstances beyond the control of either party that may excuse non-performance, such as natural disasters.

Final Thoughts on Pressure Washing Contracts

After a meticulous evaluation of the terms and conditions outlined in the pressure washing contract, it is evident that both parties stand to benefit significantly from the agreement. The contract not only delineates clear expectations regarding the scope of work, including the specific areas to be cleaned and the frequency of service, but also provides comprehensive provisions for payment schedules, liability, and dispute resolution. With a mutual commitment to adherence and cooperation, this contract lays a solid foundation for a successful and enduring partnership between the client and the pressure washing company.

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