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How are you guys charging for driveways?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by FREDSKI, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. FREDSKI

    FREDSKI Member
    Messages: 32

    Hey guys i need help pricing contracts for driveways. What are going rates i live outside of Cleveland in south suburbs of Brecksville and Broadview hts. Taking on the poeple i cut grass for just need to know how to charge for a contract. Any input would be great tired scrathing my head:help:
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    325.65 for the season
     
  3. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,866

    I must be a lowballer cause I charge 320 for the season & I live in Canada, so get way more snow then you & have it for 10 months every year:laughing:

    seriously, 2 options. Per visit price or seasonal price:nod:
     
  4. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    In those communities you'd probably be better off at a push rate if you can sign them...I've seen and gotten flyers in my own mail box as low as $225/season. It's a nice area to plow because the lake doesn't dump on you quite as much as it does more East, but still can sometimes get close to the same number of events. Only problem is there are 4 plows on every corner.
     
  5. FREDSKI

    FREDSKI Member
    Messages: 32

    Yeah your right about snow fall around here. Am thinking ill strart at $300 for contract and go from there. I been plowing commerical for past 8 years now and know how to charge for that. But your right about the guys charging only $200 for unlimted pushes. Those are guys that you see on the news that dont show up!ussmileyflag
     
  6. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,866

    wow you guys were serious? I thought it was a joke. how many plowable events do you get a year? The cheapest seasonal driveway for me would be $600
     
  7. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I won't drop my plow for less than $40.00 per EACH plowing.No seasonal pricing to speak of doing driveways in my paradise,only per event.
     
  8. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Very few people do seasonal charging here, almost everyone including myself is per push and i bill monthly. Price will vary by location, obstacles, length/width, and grade. $30minimum for most any home to start, price goes up from there.
     
  9. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    I charge per push, no one around here wants it per season. We have had some sad winters these past few years. Depending on location, size of driveways,obstacles, and if there close to any of my other accounts it's a minimum of $25, my average is $30. Salt and/or sidewalks are extra. I try and make around $2 a minute plowing driveways.
     
  10. P&M Landscaping

    P&M Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 786

    I don't touch anything under $25 per push on the smallest drives, or monthly seasonal of under $100. My seasonals run 5 months.
     
  11. Greenstar lawn

    Greenstar lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    It's pretty hard for me sell seasonal in my area. But I have seen them as cheap as $150.00 for the season. I charge per push for all my residential accounts. Last year I only pushed them a total of 3 times but the previous year I pushed them 23 times at a 2 inch trigger. Driveways usually starts at $30 and go up from there.
     
  12. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    Per push...
     
  13. merrimacmill

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

    $410 Triple, $375. Double, $310 Single. When in doubt, charge more!
     
  14. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    wow i have no idea how some of you charge so little for a seasonal service...mive seen some seasonal prices that are just barely more than i made in one storm off my driveways... 50 per push and had to plow it ever 4 inches and we got 24 inches in one storm last year..
     
  15. Greenstar lawn

    Greenstar lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    So you plowed all your driveways 6 times for a 24" storm and charged them 300 bones?
     
  16. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    Not all of them, only the ones that said that is what they wanted done. I cut a lot of them a bit of a break. And it was coming down so hard I didnt get back to some of them until they had more than 4 inches on them. it was coming down about 2-3 inches an hour.

    I was just trying to make a point that I have no idea how people charge so low for a seasonal service. I would only be able to charge that much if we got two storms a year. Maybe it is just because I am not familiar with their locations, maybe im wrong and they make out great with those prices
     
  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What size are these driveways your getting bid dollars for? Here it's anywhere from 200 and up.
     
  18. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    The driveways around here are usually pretty big. I dont get that much for all of them, just some of them. Again that was a mistake on my part, I didnt take into consideration that I have a much different market than most other people. The larger driveways for that price are usually around the 300-500' mark.
     
  19. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Per push, $35 and up.
     
  20. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Its less than that here & to make money you have to be less than the $ 200/season. Worst part is there is more money in the resididential than commercial. :dizzy: