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Docter's/Dentist's Office Triggers???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by J.R. Services, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    I have a couple calls from docter's/dentist's offices and they said that they want the lot bare during the day. How do you charge to plow an inch or less all day (if its snowing hard). I normally charge for increaments of 1-3". Do I charge the full price even if I'm not plowing all of it?
  2. StormRanger

    StormRanger Member
    from NorEast
    Messages: 72

    You going to plow the whole lot? yes. bare lot = they pay.
  3. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    for a tiny little lot you should at least charge your one hour minimum for each trip whether you do part or all of it. they are business people making a damn good living and should expect that you have some travel to vist frequently.
  4. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    salt and then alittle more salt
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    I plow a medical building and we plow every inch and salt consistantly throughout the day. I have a per push charge for every time I show up, and I have a per salt application rate. Good money, you should chase those accounts.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Just salt under an inch. With cars coming and going all day they will keep the snow down in the lot till your able to get in there and clean it.
  7. IHI

    IHI Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 245

    We have a large commercial job like that, was told- "make this place look like winter never happened, we're not saying money is no object, but we will say money is not an issue, just show us asphalt all winter"

    lots of salt....lots and lots of salt all year. Just figure if you do have to push your hourly minimum rate to make it worth the trip...but salt will be your freind, applied right the lot will manage itself, though if you charged like i charged you made it a point to check on the lot more than once per day...i'd be up there 1-6 times per storm babysitting because...it was worth it!!! Be thankful you have a client that understands a minimal monitary outlay for you to service the account is cheaper than getting tied up in a court battle/getting sued because some idiot slipped on ice and feels they need to be paid for being clumbsey.
  8. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Thanks guys. So for example, one lot is approx 23,000sqft, triangle and L shaped lot. Should take 45min-1hr, so $100 per visit plus salt?
  9. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    would this type of job lend itself more to per push or incremental pricing?
  10. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    It's going to take you 45min to 1 hour to clear 23K Sf. Yikes! 20-25min is what it should take you, plus 5 min for salt (bulk, not stupid bags).

    SALT, SALT, SALT. Like it was said before. It is your friend.

    per push
  11. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    We have some medical facilities 1.5" trigger, below that salt.
  12. Dailylc

    Dailylc Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    I have 7 zero tollerance accounts and they are the best. Salt and cal./mag products will be your best bet. And the money on theis accounts is GREAT. If we just apply material, we charge a trip charge,application charge and materials.

    Good Luck,
  13. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    This is the correct way, salt the heck out of it, the traffic will keep the lot clear.

  14. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Its a strange lot
  15. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I wish I had lots that easy.:nod:
  16. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Ford550, do you think that lots only worth $60 for plowing?
  17. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    we do a few professional offices, we charge by the hour and plow at 1 inch, salt if under, during biz hours we keep lots and entrances open, than do full cleanup after storm
  18. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    $3,000.00 plus salt for the season.
  19. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I didn't say that. I only asked why it was going to take so long, that's all. However for example my 2"-4" price on that lot would have been $60, PLUS sidewalks, PLUS salt, so your $100 is probably on par, plus salt (for 2"-4" only, goes up from there). Zero tolerance is a different pricing structure. We don't do hourly anyway, we do eveything per push, per inch or seasonal.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
  20. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Sorry, I was thinking $60 per push plus $30 for sidewalks +5-10 sidewalk salt, and $60-70 per app for salt. This sound reasonable for a zerotolerance lot?