I am a sole proprietor, and I always use a simple contract with contact
info, scope of work, simple payment schedule and terms/ conditions etc.
The payments are 1/3 deposit, 1/3 upon starting onsite (or other agreed
Progress milestone) and 1/3 on completion. It can also be 1/2 deposit,
& 1/2 on completion.
Terms are very simple- not responsible for damage caused by client,
or delays beyond my control, etc. It also says this is the only agreement.
I have used this basic simple contract for 25 yrs and it has been fine
for all other clients.
On this job the GC hired me as a specialty sub on his client's request
and gave me a complex contract with completely different payment terms, (paid after 30 days if stlll approved by the GC, and if the GC has been paid, agree to support any legal claims against the GC or his Client, waiver of lien , responsibility for damage caused by others no
matter what the cause etc.....
(ignore the last line- computer won't cooperate)
of lien, responsibility for any damage no matter what the cause