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How do I find out going rates for my area?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by CK82, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. CK82

    CK82 Senior Member
    Messages: 185

    I have bid a few places and usually end of being on the high end which is fine with me better than the low end I guess, and I am wondering how do you go about finding out the hourly rates for your area/city? Also, how do you set your rates for plowing with say an atv, truck, or skidsteer? Obviously each piece of equipment will work better in different situations, but how do you go about setting a hourly rate for this based on your area. I feel that with all these start-up companies bidding on jobs, that the pricing would be all over the place. I know that each company has different levels of overhead, and therefore would be priced differently, but in the end when it comes down to it, you would think in order to gain business a company would need similar pricing to its competitors.
     
  2. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    i'd ask around what some are paying for the current service they have and you'll have numbers to work by.

    each area is different,for me its $100/hr for my truck or $20-25 per push whatever the customer prefers now mind you thats low to some but thats going rate for my area and i have to work around that.

    pricing per inch isn't popular in my area so its rare to see it done but many on this site swear by,i use per push for residential and per hour on commercial since for me thats easier once again others have different systems.
     
  3. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    First put your plow in the garage or under a tarp or something. Then call up all the local contractors and ask them to come give you an estimate on your driveway!! lol, just kidding. Pricing is one of those things that are more trial and error than anything else. If people aren't taking you up on your bids, try lowering them a little, or perhaps change your sales approach. Not everyone uses the same pricing structure, figure out what works for you and your area. The best advice i may of gotten from this site was this (i forgot who said it, sorry), "Don't sell your price, sell your service."
     
  4. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i agree, you'll find out with trial and error. also, if you are in the business, you are the going rate.