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Formula for pricing drives or sidewalk by SQ FT

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by MICHPLOWER, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. MICHPLOWER

    MICHPLOWER Member
    Messages: 50

    Does anybody have a formula they used to get price for by Sq Ft for driveways or sidewalks.
    Would appreciate any input
     
  2. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Most don't price that way, it's more or less directly reflected off your hourly rate. And if you are looking for that number, nobody is going to be able to accurately answer that for you. YOU need to figure out how much an hour your operation costs and add your expenses and profit margin in to figure it out.
     
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,551

    Well said, there's no such thing as magic numbers in the snow business.
     
  4. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    Where in Michigan you located?
     
  5. MICHPLOWER

    MICHPLOWER Member
    Messages: 50

    Thanks everybody for the help

    Grand Rapids
     
  6. SteveR

    SteveR Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I wish someone would tell my customers that..I have 2 that I have been plowing for years that now want a sq ft price..Broken down 0-3in and so on. Oh well I guess my calculator will work as well as theirs.
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    it's all primarily based on what you can handle within an hour of your time. you need to know your capabilities.
     
  8. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    Between $.18-.30 linear ft for a standard walk. But you also need a min. price for doing. And also are you doing it by or quad. So many variables. Measure it out and then divide what you want to get for it. Usually on resi. you dont have to bother with measuring it out. You should know how long it takes you and then just figure time
     
  9. MICHPLOWER

    MICHPLOWER Member
    Messages: 50

    A formula that I came up with for Residential let me know what you guys think.

    Total sqft x .10 = y divide 2 = per visit price

    Total sqft x .10 = y divide 2 = z x 10 = seasonal pricing

    I came up with this just messing around with numbers let me know what you guys think good ideal or bad ideal.

    thanks
     
  10. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    We keep our pricing for residential to four prices

    Small (minimum charge)

    Average

    Large

    Very large (corner lot double garage size)
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  11. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    to be honest i dont have a formula, i get out of the truck, stare at the driveway for 35-40 seconds and say this looks like 50 bucks. again this works everytime 50% of the time. if they say no i get back in my truck and drive away.
     
  12. MICHPLOWER

    MICHPLOWER Member
    Messages: 50

    Thanks every body for the replys
     
  13. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    being that you're from michigan, you don't expect more than 10 trips in a year?
     
  14. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    I go with between 20-30 events depending were you are in gr and what the snow trigger is