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Any legal docs I should bring to a small junk removal job

Bought a truck recently and put up Craigslist ad about junk/scrap and cleanup and I got my first call today.

A guy about 10min down the road needs

-"a big heavy flat screen tube tv trashed"

-"some other old junk that needs thrown out"

-"If if your willing a little minor inside cleanup of trash etc"

We scheduled for 8am tomorrow but here's the thing. Should I print out any basic legal paperwork online thats already setup and needs the blanks filled in basically saying

"I (client) agree to pay (me) $xxx for the job of (junk removal)__"

But we would just fill in the blanks with a pen then it's a legal doc?

Should he sign it before or after? (I'm guessing before)

Do I even need to bring a clipboard of legal docs for removing some junk for a 50+yr old guy?

Also for anyone who's done this type of work I have a few quick questions:

1.) Is $200 a truck load for a Toyota tocoma and $250 for a full ton F-150 plus I pay all landfill fees a reasonable price? (Is also be willing to drop the price depending on what it is I'm hauling)

2.) Should I pay by truckload?

3.) For cleanup should I just eyeball it and charge a $xxx amount or do I charge hourly? (I'm guessing this also depends on if it's just a small scale cleanup like he mentioned)

I called all the other junk companies in the area for fake estimates and they where all basically "$200-300 a load no budging and we charge you hourly and you pay all dump fees"

One day I will be a liability insured LLC but first I need to do small jobs from Craigslist so I can afford my own utility trailer and all the legal llc/insurance fees so I can start doing the big jobs

Any help will be very greatly appreciated!

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4 Comments

iamfury 1 year ago

Would it be a good idea for OP to take quick before/after pics of the jobsite in case he ever needs to substantiate the work he did in small claims court?

HaroldKid 1 year ago

Would one of the online templates be fine for basic work (ie overnight janitorial services)? I modified one to fit my company and looking it over I think its pretty straightforward but Id be interested to know what you think as an attorney.

masteroflaw 1 year ago

Attorney here. Here's the thing with small item written contracts; they don't really have much of a purpose in terms of collecting money. Usually people pay for these kinds of services so it's unlikely you'll get stiffed. If you do a larger project, a written contract would definitely be wise. Think about it this way, when you get your AC fixed, which usually runs $100-300, virtually no one signs a contract. It's just not really necessary. If someone doesn't pay, your options would be to file in small claims but even if you win, good luck collecting. Also, a verbal contract is still a contract.

BukketsofNothing 1 year ago

IANAL but there is very little liability for the customer in this case, once it's loaded up the only one that can suffer damage would be you. I would suggest you make sure your vehicle is covered as a commercial vehicle and you have some general liability. Generally you should be charging by the load - and partial loads are still a load. I think your pricing is in line.


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