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What Is a Service Contract?

A Service Contract or Service Agreement is a formal written bond between a service provider and its client or customer.

The service provider agrees to provide services, ranging from individually designed to professional, and the client agrees to pay for these services in accordance with the provisions of the contract.

Download a basic Service Contract here or find a specific agreement that fits your particular circumstances by browsing the links below.

"Service Contract Template"

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This is an agreement signed by a contractor and a customer to establish the scope of services a customer expects to receive from the service provider.

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Types of Service Contracts

A mutual agreement for services legally binds the parties involved by setting forth their responsibilities towards each other and the penalties for violating those responsibilities. The document protects both parties by outlining the information on payments, the mode of payment, deadlines, and job duties along with clauses on dispute resolution and governing law.

While verbal agreements seem like the easy solution and, in some states, may even be enforceable, we recommend drafting a written and legally watertight Service Contract to protect your rights as either the client or the service provider. 

Service Contract Terms and Conditions

Most Service Contracts will include the same general clauses and provisions regarding the scope of work, the general schedule of deliverables, working hours (if set), total cost and upfront fees, termination conditions, and a clause regarding governing law.

There are three main ways to structure a basic Service Contract.

  1. Time and Materials. This is the simplest type of Service Contract. The agreement is entered into strictly by two parties, where the service provider logs their hours and gets paid according to the hours worked
  2. Retainer-Based Contracts. A retainer-based contract is similar to the first type in the way it is set up. These agreements propose a certain set amount of work time (per week, per month, etc.) with a flat rate paid for that time regardless of the actual hours that end up being used.
  3. Fixed Scope Contracts. A fixed scope or fixed bid contract is a more risky and more elaborate contract. After a period of in-depth estimation and research, the service provider ends up with a work breakdown structure - the top-down decomposition of a project. These separate components are then estimated and the estimated price is presented to the client. The parties then agree on a fixed price for the entire scope of the service provider's work and set a fixed schedule of deliverables.

How to Write a Service Contract?

There are several vital points you have to cover when drafting a contract like this.

  1. Gather detailed identifying information about both parties. This includes full legal names, mailing addresses, and contact information.
  2. Provide a clear and accurate explanation of the services that will be required on the part of the service provider. Let’s say you hire an independent contractor to install tile flooring. Will they be responsible for moving the materials? Will they need to install a subfloor? Are you expecting them to do the cleaning or handle quality assurance after the work is done?  An accurate description of services helps eliminate the chance of misunderstandings.
  3. Outline a payment schedule, decide on a method of payment, set the total cost of the project, and discuss an upfront fee. 
  4. Add clauses regarding severability and the terms for termination. Include a set period for written notice and the conditions for receiving compensation in the event the contract is actually voided.

Both parties must sign the contract in duplicate in the presence of each other and keep copies for their personal records. A signed contract between two individuals with the capacity to contract is enforceable under the law and will hold up in court.


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This document is created for contractors who provide residential remodeling services. It includes areas for outlining the scope of work, its price, and legal terms and conditions and establishes the schedule of a construction project.

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"Installment Sales Contract Template"

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This is a contract in which a buyer takes possession of property immediately but does not receive the deed and title until a series of payments (installments) have been made.

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"Sales Contract Template"

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"Addendum to a Contract"

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"Pet Addendum Template"

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"Lease Addendum Template"

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"Mold Addendum Template"

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"Graphic Design Contract Template"

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"Web Design Contract Template"

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"Interior Design Contract Template"

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"Photography Contract Template"

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"Pet Photography Contract Template"

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"Event Photography Contract Template"

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"Wedding Photography Contract Template"

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"Stock Purchase Agreement Template"

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"Business Purchase Agreement Template"

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"Land Purchase Agreement Template"

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"Lease to Own Agreement Template"

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"DJ Contract Template"

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"Event Planning Contract Template"

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"Payment Agreement Template"

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"Service Contract Template"

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"Nanny Contract Template"

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"Child Care Contract Template"

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"Performance Contract Template"

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"Pet Sitting Contract Template"

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"Hvac Service Contract Template"

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"Construction Contract Template"

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"Independent Contractor Agreement Template"

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"Subcontractor Agreement Template"

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"Lawn Care Contract Template"

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"Painting Contract Template"

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"Speaker Contract Template"

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"Wedding Planner Contract Template"

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"Pool Service Contract Template"

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