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My first job of the year (rejection)

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Citrausa, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Citrausa

    Citrausa Member
    Messages: 56

    I got a call from a friend (who I plow her drive way for) to see if I would want more accounts. Now mind you, I only do a few for cash to pay for plowing my moms, brothers, sisters and mine (only exception is a veteran who will never have to pay).

    So I go out to the place out of respect and when the owner of the condo informs me that she's only willing to pay $40 anytime it snows more then 1 inch. I respectfully decline. Even though I don't plow professionally, I do know not too many will plow this lot for $40 a crack.

    Pick blow shows in red what she wanted done.

    road.jpg
     
  2. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 487

    Good call. She'd probably be the first to complain too.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Should of told 40.00 is good for the 1st fifty ft,but what about the rest of it?
     
  4. Citrausa

    Citrausa Member
    Messages: 56

    I don't mind being out plowing but she looked at me like I was nuts when I said I couldn't do it that. That I don't think anyone would plow a private road (almost 1/4 down and back) for $40. Wished her luck. And honestly with 1995 K1500 7'6" plow, it would be nothing but a nightmare is what I was really thinking.
     
  5. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    $40/inch sounds fair. Same as in town...
     
  6. jasburrito

    jasburrito Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    So is that a 600k condo? Just to show up there and work should be at least 80. I bet there Porsche mechanic charges more than the guy working on Chevy's.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014
  7. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,585

    I would do it for $40 an inch with a 2 inch trigger.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    So you pay only 10 bucks?
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    I think you were quoted your seasonal discount...
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    As many times as needed between Nov 1st to Apr 30thwesport
     
  11. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Min would be $100
    If really a friend they would insist on paying me at least $75.
    And again, if they were really a friend I'd do it for free if I was passing by.
    (push it away from the wall!)
     
  12. Citrausa

    Citrausa Member
    Messages: 56

    Actually it is. The owner thought $40 was a fair price since it's right in town and she's a friend of a friend.


    That's what I was thinking ($75-100) but asked what she thought was fair to pay. Hence why I didn't go into how much it could cost.

    If she was a friend I might have helped out more. But she wanted the drive/road completely plowed as wide as the road, garbage area pushed back and etc. Too much for $40 per snow fall for me to consider.
     
  13. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,018

    She was just trying to exploit her friendship between your common friend and you.
     
  14. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    How does she know what a fair price would be? Plus she is going to be bias.
    You could tell her you'll pass on doing it, and then tell her to be prepared to pay double that. If she asks why it's so much, tell her what plows, trucks, parts, etc cost. Then just smile and walk away.

    I also figured everything should be pulled away and pushed to the top right. Avoid the rock wall at all costs. Anything looks funky with the wall come spring, you will be blamed.
     
  15. jimbo64

    jimbo64 Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    I had a call just like that last year from a homeowners association. The only difference was one side of your red lines was lined with garden homes . It was 6'from each garage to the street for each home and there were 10 homes on the street plus each home had a short walkway. Each driveway and walkway had to be shovelled plus the street plowed. I thought I was low when I quoted $200. per storm (which is how they wanted to pay). They were going to get back to me and never did and after thinking about it i'm glad they didn't.
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Tell her you charge double for friends
     
  17. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    Friends are free...friends of friends pay double for the shortfall!
     
  18. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    :laughing:
    I like that!
     
  19. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Like in town?
     
  20. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    In a small town it's surprising how many people are your friend when you have a plow truck.