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Michigan residential snowfall ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by adam5557, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Hey guys i will be doing residential driveways this year and was interested if you guys could give me some comments. I am not sure to go with a per inch pricing because it would be hard to be accurate on how much it snowed and it would be time be consuming to measure the snowfall. I was also thinking on doing a seasonal contract, but i need some input on how many snowfalls you base it on for the southeast michigan area.Also if you could give me a average price for a seasonal contract in our area.Any input would be greatly appreciated.thank you
     
  2. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    i ussually plan on 8-10 plowable snowfalls.... this is the figure i ussually bas my commercial seasonal contracts on....I dont like doing seasonals but some HOA's and condo complexes will only do it this way.

    4-5 = 1-3"
    2 = 4-8"
    1-2 = 8-12"
    1 = 12"+

    As far as per inch i will ussually base it off of the NWS (National Weather Service) recorded ammounts...unless im dealling with a site that gets alot of drifting then i just make my own determination.


    As far as residential snow removal prices im clueless....we only do commercial work and wont take on resi work
     
  3. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Hey thanks anyone else have some input on residential seasonal contracts?Should i go with a seasonal contract or Per inch pricing
     
  4. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    FOR THE RESIDENTAIL SEASONAL I CHARGE $600.00 THIS COVERS 5 MONTHS. BUT IF IT SNOWS OVER A 12'' INCHES IN A SNOW FALL I SEND THEM A BILL FOR AN EXTRA $60.00. THE PER INCH I DONT DO I DONT THINK YOU MAKE SA MUCH MONEY AS PER HOUR.:redbounce
     
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,867

    It sounds about right, I get around $500.00 a season.
     
  6. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    What is the average snowfall in minnesota,is it similiar to s.e michigan?Also for a guy in his first year of snow removal would you reccomend seasonal contract or per inch. Does that $500 include walkways also what size are those driveways.sry about so many ?'s i am just curious.thank you guys.adam
     
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,867

    We get about 50"-60" mine are normal size driveways (2-3 car long x 2 car wide) and no, that does'nt always include walkways..
     
  8. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    snow removal prices vary so much from location to location....the price from minn is going to be completely differant than se michigan.

    i would try to find someone you know to call up a couple of residential snow removal companys in the area and get them to bid there property
     
  9. fulltiltwill

    fulltiltwill Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    Seasonal is good cause you can get a monthly check and know what you're bringing in. I would try and get a muti year contract that way you can average out better. Otherwise I would do per push. 1-3 $xxx 4-7 $xxx 8-up $xxx. Base your snow fall on the local forcast.