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Good Price?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by guntruck, Jan 5, 2001.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck Member
    Messages: 45

    Hey guys a little help here would be appreciated. I just got done plowing 2" of snow off one of my clients drives and walks. The drive is two cars wide and double that deep, the walks are about 75 ft total. I shoveled plowed and salted the whole thing and charged him $75.00. Was this too high? He hesitated a little bit when i told him the price thats why i was asking, i just want to be fair, and make a couple dollars.

    Thanks
    Rich
     
  2. RYAN

    RYAN Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Sounds way high to me. Around here that would go for $35 or so.
     
  3. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    If he jumped at it, you were too low.
    If he balked and walked, you were too high.
    If he hesitated, you were at the right price.

    Ryan,
    In his market - that number is about right. In your market, where you actually get some snow regularly, it would be high. In my market, were we get snow daily, people would laugh at him. The market drives all pricing.
     
  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    That would be a fair price here in my area too. Mostly because of the 75ft of walks, and the fact that you salted everything. On a 2" storm, with no walkway, a driveway that size would be about $40. Add the walk and salt, and $75 is fair. Like John said the market drives all pricing.

    ~Chuck
     
  5. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    guntruck i would say that mayby around $35 for the drive and $20 for the walks and another $15 for the salting of the whole thing. so $75 for the whole thing really isn't that bad .Mayby you should of broke it down so they would understand why it's $75. but I would only do that price up to 5" and after that it would be almost 2/3 more.
     
  6. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I would probably do something like that for $25 for the drive, $10 for the sidewalk, $15 for salt application, but only..... if it was close to something else I was doing. You can waste a lot of time driving around when you get to spread out. If it is a long way from anything else I'm doing I tell them it will be more then normal for the time to get there.
     
  7. guntruck

    guntruck Member
    Messages: 45

    Well i dont feel so bad now thanks guys! =)
     
  8. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    our market where it snows at leat an inch every day,that would be a little high ,probably 50.00 for all...
     
  9. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Sounds a little high for around here, but if you can get it great. : )
    Around here I'd get about $45 to do all that.

    Dan
     
  10. guntruck

    guntruck Member
    Messages: 45

    Well then again it doesnt snow all that much around here thats the first snow of this year here. And now that i've charged him 75 how do i drop it to like 55.00 without looking like a fool if thats what i decided to do?
     
  11. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Why would you lower the price if there is no reason to??

    If the guy signs up as a "regular", maybe. But if he stays on call..... why give up the dough ??