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how to charge for amounts of snow?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by swamprebel, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. swamprebel

    swamprebel Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 9

    hi im getting back into the plowing business this winter after being out of it for 7 years.how do you go about charging for plowing driveways and parking lots for different amounts of snow?any info will help thanks!:drinkup:
  2. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Lots & Roads = Hourly Rate

    Driveways ( I have no idea, we dont do them...PITA )
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Driveways and small lots - charge so much based on the amount of snow that falls in a 24 hour period. You're set up for charging based on some structure such as:

    3" to 6"
    over 6" to 9"
    over 9" to 12"

    Now you charge based on how much snow falls - for instance, let's say 10". You'd charge for the rate for 9" to 12" - say $100. This lets you as the contractor decide when to start plowing and how often. Say one snowfall of 10" is all light and fluffy, It starts and stops during a time period of no importance to the owner - say between 11:00PM and 5:00AM. You plow the whole 10" at one time at 5:30AM.

    You plowed 10" all at once and got $100. Nice

    Next one is 10" of wet and heavy snow, starting before he goes to work so there is 4" when he leaves and continues snowing throughout the day. You plow with the storm - clearing it at 5:30, again with 3" at Noon and another 3" at 4:00PM.

    You plowed 10" in three trips and still got $100. Not so nice.

    But it averaged out and that's what we deal with in working with snow. Bottom line - YOU get to decide what's the best way to plow this storm on this site so as to meet the customer's needs and yours. The customer doesn't care since the result was the same in each case - his driveway was plowed when he needed and he paid $100.