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parking lots

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snowplowpro, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. snowplowpro

    snowplowpro Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 901

    how do you guys find parking lots to plow do you just wait for someone to hopefully call you or do you drive around looking and stopping in or what i cant seem to find any or maybe i am doing something wrong and the pricing how do you price per push sit and say ok i push 20 times already in a blizzard you could never keep count.
     
  2. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I called a few places that knew me and picked up a job or two, some of the stuff I do is subbed out to me, and some residential lawn customers called me and asked if I could push their apartment complex that they manage, etc. It comes with word of mouth, time, and name recognition.
     
  3. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    Many commercial properties are run by management companies. I would start by inquiring with them. You could also aproach known removal contractors to see if they need any subs. Yes you can and must keep count of pushes during a blizzard. When I approach a lot I come up with a plan or system of the way i will plow the lot (a strategy if you will). It may be altered or improved once I begin plowing or at subsequent pushes. If you do not just push randomly it will be easier to know and note (in your daily log) when you have completed a "push".
     
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Start talking to the business's in Aug or Sept. Keep after them till you get an answer. It takes time to get a reputable and good business going. Be patient.
    If you plow a lot 20 times in one blizzard you are doing something wrong. Most Ihave ever plowed the same place during a BIG storm is 3 times andthen maybe a following clean up a day later. You try to bill someone 20 times in one storm and you won't plow for them again.
     
  5. MattyK

    MattyK Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 105

    i have no advice for you in regards to acquiring lots. however a cheap simple way to keep track of the number of pushes:

    http://www.tallycounterstore.com/hand_tally_counter_1.html

    20 hours into a storm i can't remember either. i hate tallying and all the other nonsense. definitely easier this way