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how much would you charge

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snowplower1, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I've been asked to do a one time plow on a driveway that hasn't been plowed all year.
    It's admit 4 cars long and 2 cars wide. I was thinking that I'd charge 85 to make it worth my time. Would you charge more or less
     
  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Pass
    I'm sure it's frozen ice not intrested in damaging truck
     
  3. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,419

    I would charge 200 and do it with my skidsteer payup
     
  4. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    By the time I load my machine drive it unload it is still pass
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    Pass,
    I rarely take on one timers.

    When I do,
    It's just to open the road cut/apron to the drive,
    With a signed waver for the mailbox, and payment up front.
     
  6. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    So how do you tell them you want to pass on it? People wouldn't understand that and just think we're not willing to do it so I don't wanna make the business look bad
     
  7. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Say you dont want to damage your equipment
    Or add up every snow storm this yearthat you would have billed them then tack on more money
     
  8. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Honestly I wanted to do it but I got sick this morning and would rather be in bed than make money today lol havent had a good night of sleep in weeks.
     
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    $525 and I'd use a track loader.

    Paid before I load the machine.........
     
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    You are in negotiation...if you don't want the job change the criteria. Turn it into what you want, and let the customer decide. It's not about what to charge and will I break my equipment, it's how do I convince them to become a recurring loyal client. If you know it's a 1 time deal he's using you, use him back to hone your sales skills on. If you can't sell him you've lost nothing if you can you did something right and can use that on the next caller.
     
  11. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    If you cant say no and are worried about how it makes your business look, you won't be in business too long. Leave that driveway for someone else who will do it for 50 bucks.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    I'm sorry we are not taking on any new business at this time. Thank you for calling us.

    yes, we are booked for the season.
    thanks,
     
  13. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I explained we did not want to damage our equipment. She was very understanding. With how much snow there is here that would have been one heck of a time even my the 350 and dxt. It was doable but no where near worth it