George Lawrence reports:
"Written contracts are an effective way to bind a professional relationship together. Properly drafted, the contract should leave no room for doubt as to the exact obligations and responsibilities of each party. With regard to cleaning contracts, typically, the major issues involve how the owner intends to pay the cleaner and the specific cleaning duties the cleaners must complete to receive payment...Describe the basic information about the contract. Include a title, such as 'Cleaning Contract,' the names of each party, the date of the agreement and the duration of the agreement...Write language such as 'For the consideration stated herein, the parties agree as follows:' and go on to discuss the nature of the agreement. Clearly define what each party is obligated to do. Include matters such as payment terms...and the types of cleaning services required. Indicate which party is responsible for providing cleaning materials and equipment...Describe the areas that need to be cleaned and define what the cleaning company must do. Be specific...Explain the process to resolve disputes and how a party may terminate the contract...Visit your local law library and review contract formbooks and samples to help you draft your own contract. Draft the contract in clear and concise terms; define any technical terms as necessary. Additionally, consider organizing the contract by major sections with individual subsections to make it easier to read...Be sure that both parties agree to everything in the contract. A contract is a legally binding document that could expose a party to legal liability. If you are unsure about its wording, [or] whether the contract is comprehensive, or if you have any questions regarding the contract at all, consider speaking to an attorney for independent legal advice."
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