Terms & Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: It is agreed between Epperson Tree Service Inc. (“ETS”) of Robinson, IL, and the authorizing party (“Client”) That ETS will do the work described in this document and the client agrees to pay unto ETS the total price shown in this document and that the following provisions are made as part of this contract.
Property Use: Client consents to having vehicles and equipment driven on lawn, having trees,
branches and logs dropped on lawn, understanding that all these actions may result in lawn damage. ETS will attempt to minimize but cannot prevent all damages. Lawn repairs are not included in the contract price. Minor damage to small bushes and other landscaping is to be expected when removing trees. ETS will make an attempt to minimize damage but will not be held responsible in the unlikely event that it occurs.
Driveways & Sidewalks: Client consents to having vehicles and equipment driven on driveways and sidewalks. ETS will attempt to minimize damage, but will not be held responsible for repairs in the unlikely event that they become necessary.
Property Damage: In event of property damage new replacement materials will be use in all repairs. Therefore, these may not perfectly match pre-existing materials due to the difference in material age and exposure. ETS will not be responsible for this difference.
Underground Utilities: ETS is not responsible for damages to underground sprinklers, drain lines, invisible fences, wells, septic tanks and lines or underground cables unless the system(s) are adequately and accurately mapped and marked by the authorizing party and a copy is presented at least 48 hours prior to service, as a change in access could affect price due to access difficulty of equipment.
Concealed Contingencies: We reserve the right to cancel this contract and issue a new quote in
the event that a concealed or previously unknown contingency is discovered causing additional cost or difficulty.
Stump Grinding: Some stumps may not be able to be ground out completely because of a foreign material in the wood, or under the ground near the stump. (ie. Concrete or steel imbedded in or near the stump). If such a foreign material is discovered, ETS will grind as much as possible and leave the object and surrounding wood. At this point the stump will be considered completed according to contract. Any additional work requested will be at an additional charge. Surface or subsurface roots are not removed unless otherwise specified.
Photography: ETS reserves the right to publish photos and videos of work being performed on customers properties unless otherwise noted.
Tree Ownership: The authorizing (signing) party warrants that all trees are located on Client's property. If not, the authorizing party has received full permission from the owner to allow ETS to perform the specified work. Should any tree be mistakenly identified as to ownership, the Client agrees to indemnify ETS for any damages or costs accrued from the result thereof. It is assumed by ETS that any removal and/or pruning of a tree not contained in the property of the Client has been authorized in writing by the owner of said tree. The Client agrees to accept full responsibility of any negative outcome involved with an unauthorized removal and/or pruning of any tree(s) and furthermore will agree to defend ETS in any lawsuit, violation, or negative consequence as a result of said unauthorized removal and/or pruning.
Guarantee: ETS cannot guarantee tree, shrub, or grass survival when pruning, trimming, or planting.
Fencing: If it is deemed necessary by ETS, Client consents to having fencing taken down for the duration of the job. ETS will reinstall fencing by the end of the project. Fencing will be returned to as close to original state as reasonably possible. Anything beyond this is not the responsibility of ETS.
Change Order: If Client requests any significant changes to contract after work has begun, a $150 change order fee will be applied to final invoice.
Coupons: All coupons must be presented and accepted at the time of estimate. No coupons or other discounts will be accepted after the signing of the contract. No exceptions.
Scheduling: All scheduling is as weather permits. Work may be postponed due to weather factors such as precipitation and resulting ground conditions - Downpayment: A 20% non refundable deposit is required for scheduling.
Terms of Payment: Unless otherwise noted in this proposal the total amount is due upon
completion of work. Payments not received within 7 days of completion of work are subject to a $25 late fee. A final invoice will be sent after 30 days and a 2.5% finance charge will be applied. Non-payment of this final invoice shall be sent to collections. A fee of $35 will be charged for any checks returned with insufficient funds. If outside assistance is used to collect the account, Client is responsible for all costs associated with the collection, including reasonable attorney's fees. By signing this Contract, Client agrees to and guarantees payment upon completion of work. No payment by Client of a lesser amount than the Full amount due (including any additional costs for work added to this Estimate, or applicable fees described herein) shall be deemed to be anything other than a payment on the account. No endorsement or statement on any check or any letter accompanying any payment, shall prevent us from accepting said payment and we shall do so without relinquishing ETS’s right to recover the remaining balance and pursue any other remedy in the Terms of this Agreement or at law.
Work Authorization: All prices, specifications, and terms of this proposal are satisfactory, understood, and hereby accepted. quote is not accepted and signed within 14 days a re-quote may be required.