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minimum price in Connecticut???

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Shawdogg, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. Shawdogg

    Shawdogg Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    My minimum for residential driveways in Connecticut has been $35.00 (not including walways) Am I to low? to high??? just right in the ball park???? Let me know
     
  2. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    That's about what im charging... but that can change if its a really long driveway or a pain in the azz to plow
     
  3. Captain

    Captain Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I've been charging $25-$30 here in Mass. A have a couple of very small driveways, single wide 2-3 car lengths, no garage, that I charge $20 for.

    I just quoted a new account last week - $37.50 for a long driveway, and I would have to drive 6 miles out of my route to get to him. Told him I could drop $5 per plow if he got a neighbor to sign up too. I haven't heard from him since I gave him the quote. I'm guessing $37.50 was too much, but I'm not driving out there for free. I was actually going to quote $40.

    All depends on how much work is involved. I was going to raise my prices this year, even had the letter typed up explaining that with rising gas costs, and new equipment, it had to be done. Then gas has dropped over $1 a gallon. One more year at the same pricing for me.

    I hope I'm in line with everyone else as far as pricing.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008
  4. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    $35 is a good number. You might have some cheap competition at $25-$30 depending on your area, but $35 is a good minimum.
     
  5. 10elawncare

    10elawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I've seen guys in my area charging $55 +/- for avg. sized driveways. not including sidewalks....
     
  6. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    My minimum in Connecticut is probably $4000 since im from michigan its a long drive
     
  7. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    We should somehow set an industry standard that no driveway gets done for less than $75. How would we go about that?
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Great idea, never mind those laws against collusion and price fixing, RICO, etc.

    Never mind capitalism and competition either.

    You're brilliant.
     
  9. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Yea I second that Marky Mark. Collussion is a serious offense. I know it is a brilliant idea though.
     
  10. turbo5560

    turbo5560 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    Just out of curiousity for you guys out east. How many times a year on average do you plow? I am wondering because you make a lot more money than what we make out here and am wondering if it's because you plow less than we do. I averaged about 33 times last winter.
    thanks!
     
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    10 around here is the average. Last year was 13.5. I have gone out up to 26 times. 10 would be a slow winter.
     
  12. turbo5560

    turbo5560 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    ok.... that explains a lot! :)
     
  13. Captain

    Captain Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    For heavy wet snow I have a 2" trigger, for powder I have a 3" trigger.

    Based on that, I usually average 10-12 plowable storms each year.

    A couple of years ago we only had 4.

    Last year I think it was 8

    I think my best year was 16.
     
  14. Shawdogg

    Shawdogg Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I could understand $25- $30 per driveway if you had a bunch in a neighborhood. Otherwise it's not worth it.
     
  15. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    I tried doing that but was getting too may people calling asking where i was with only 2 inches of snow on the ground. Everything is a two inch trigger now ,and a few of my drives that are on hills may get sanded with even less amounts.
     
  16. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    where are you in ct??? i plow in southbury and my lowest is 50 and highest is 110. 50 being a small driveway takes about 5 minuts per to plow. i also dont get out of the truck i get as close as i can to the garage and move on.
     
  17. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    my average driveway is about $40 some are more some are less depends how far i have to drive and if theres a place to put snow:realmad:
    Gold pro- im pretty close to ya im in woodbury
     
  18. Shawdogg

    Shawdogg Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    OK. this " trigger" term how is it used? If you are charging 40 for a residential driveway and have a 2" trigger and we hypothetically get say a 6" snow storm, are you getting $40 each time you plow it? or do you charge a little less????
     
  19. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    my min. price is 75.00. Then it goes up every 3 inches.
     
  20. turbo5560

    turbo5560 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    just because i am in an entirely different market for snowplowing maybe you can help me understand this. So if you plow a drive for lets say $40, and it takes you even on the high side 20 minutes... wouldn't it be cheaper for you to just hire some one to literally shovel a driveway for $10 an hour? They shovel 2-3 drives in an hour and you pay then $10-15 and you make a $110? I just don't get how any one in there right might would pay someone to plow their driveway for $40 when they could pay someone to shovel it for much less. I could see if there was like a foot of snow, but not 2 inches. I understand the business perspective as you are dedicating time to plow snow for the whole winter, but it just doesn't logically make any sense to me. could someone enlighten me?