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per inch pricing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by redman6565, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    how many of you guys are billing by the inch? do you find it's more profitable or more convenient?
  2. gary42095

    gary42095 Member
    Messages: 45

    i go by the inch on the shopping centers i do. it is good and bad.. the good, those storms that start at 8 pm and end at 3 am so i can go out for a few hours and bag some huge money. the bad... the storm that starts at 6 am and lingers untill 8 am the next day. its by the inch and my call, so i have to baby sit untill stores close with constant isle clearingthen go back at 3-4 to start clearing for employees, then the following night to do a final cleanup where all the cars were parked.
    it comes down to good and bad... but this year has been bad with regard to lingering. still make money but nowhere near as much. XXX dollars for 5 hrs plowing with 3 loaders bobcat and 2 trucks... or same XXX dollars plowing for 17 hrs.
  3. tilawn

    tilawn Member
    Messages: 55

    smaller lots I do by the inch in 3 inch increments and the larger shopping centers I do by the hour that way I get paid all day sometimes when it is an all day storm payup:)payup

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    i hav to sent in a snowfall report from noaa/or nws to be accurate to get paid
  5. tilawn

    tilawn Member
    Messages: 55

    as far as oficial numbers go my customers trust me. I service in 3 differnet towns and have certain areas I measure at for all 3. I also let my clients know where those places are at just in case they would like to check for themselves.
  6. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 746

    I also bill by the inch,but add on a pass through fee for during the day and a clean up fee for going out after hours.
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    thats fine, but if thats only how they base pay for the service.. what happens when the weather report shows an inch and you got 4? or shows 3" total and you had a 2' drift against a whole building? you get paid for 3"?
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    In my lots if it blew into somewhere it blew out of the rest
  9. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    It doesn't always blow from somewhere else on the lot. Could be from a rooftop, like the two acre warehouse with a one acre lot to the SE. That is why we get out and measure in a flat area and they pay for what is in the lot, not what the weatherman says..
  10. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    that's true, that's why i'm asking. i see pros and cons and i guess its just like everything else. i just see the problem being the clean up runs because generally it isn't new snow and another being a reliable place to measure outside of leaving a section of snow so that you and the manager can both measure to be sure.