As a contractor, like Express Electrical Services, who works with clients on your own, the first thing that you will learn is that you need a contract. Performing work on a contract basis as a plumbing contractor is the typical way that the business is run. The contracts that you create should be mutually beneficial for you and for the client. Here are three tips to creating plumbing contracts for yourself as a new plumber striking it out on your own.
Detail what work needs to be performed and the total price
It is customary to give estimates when you take a look at the plumbing job. Giving the customer a range when they ask how much the work will cost during the initial visit is a good idea. Once the customer contracts you to do the full plumbing job, you should write up the total cost of the job that you are contacted to perform. Inside of this contract, you should include the cost of the labor, the cost of the parts, and the cost of any other issues that could possibly crop up in the duration of the job. Having a signed contract will make things easier for you and your client to understand the terms and conditions.
How subsequent issues can be handled
There is always the possibility of issues arising after the current job is performed. If anything happens such as a malfunction after installing a new part, or flooding after having fixing a leak, your client may be upset and need to call you again. It is important to outline in the contract how you will deal with any mechanical malfunctions after your initial work is done. For instance, you can put a clause inside of your contract that the client must call you for any malfunctions after work done and they can get a free inspection and repair for anything that has malfunctioned immediately.
How job time estimates will vary
There are some jobs that may seem to only take a few hours until you actually get the work started and find out there are deeper issues. Many clients will want an estimate as to when a job will be completed. Be sure that you outline the fact that a contracted time could always be extended depending on the jobs desires. This way your client is not disappointed in the job length being extended and you will not find yourself in a legal bind over breach of contract.