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Need to commercial plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 96K2500BurbNJ, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. 96K2500BurbNJ

    96K2500BurbNJ Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello everyone. I have recently went on my own and started plowing commercial lots. I have been plowing for another company for the past 10 years and figured since I have my own construction company might as well just try to get my own contracts. Here's my problem, I have little experience with pricing lots. I have a few gas stations that want contracts but not really sure how to price them with all the obstacles and tank caps. Can anyone give me a few ways to make this much easier.
     
  2. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Figure out hourly cost

    Estimate time it will take you.

    Multiply hourly cost by time.
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Yup, about it.
     
  4. 96K2500BurbNJ

    96K2500BurbNJ Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks guys that's pretty much what I was figuring.
     
  5. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    Just remember a you can get more ac/hour on a big open lot then a small one with lots of nookes and crannies
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    5,000 for the season,7,000 if they are 24hrs.
     
  7. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    My best advice:
    Figure it by the push, and get what it's worth to you. Do not take any job just to say you have work.
    Don't let them decide how much it is worth.
    I shoot for $150 per hour as a minimum, and add on from there for difficulty and risk.

    Risk is a big consideration. If you are plowing an empty lot, or a private road, the risk is lower than plowing a gas station. Lots more to hit in a gas station lot...like a new Mercedes or a 70k luxo-truck.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Mercedes or Yugo,your deductible is all the same,go big or go home!
     
  9. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Gas stations suck. A company I used to work for serviced some and we had to shovel around the gas caps. Unluckily the plow driver decided to help us out a little bit one night and when i was walking though what was left (2-3" of compacted snow from all the cars driving over it earlier in storm) I just missed having my foot fall into where the gas cap was supposed to be.
     
  10. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    No money in gas stations
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    When the price is right there is. Still comes down to what type of service they want.