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Per Storm Pricing Question

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by mmlklandscapes, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. mmlklandscapes

    mmlklandscapes Junior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 3

    When giving a bid for per storm pricing, how many inches per storm do you base your estimate off of?
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Depends. How often do they want you to plow?
     
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    per storm.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I know that. But do they want him to come every 2-3 inches or after they close or after it stops snowing.
     
  5. mmlklandscapes

    mmlklandscapes Junior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 3

    my bad, they want it plowed every 3''. Should I base a storm off of 6"?
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    No. price it for ever 3 inches. So if you get 9 inches of snow and you plowed them 3 times bill them 3 times.
     
  7. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    So you are saying that they will want you to plow just once per storm no matter the amount?
     
  8. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Twenty bucks tymusicgets the equipment to the driveway then 10dollars per 4 inches, or 15 dollars for a 6 inch snowfall and so on. That way if its a heavy snowfall ya cant lose money , in fact if you have efficient equipment (Not just a plow truck:help:) like a tractor :nod:with loader and snowblower you make even better money per hour as its working in its element. Back drag the snow with a back blade attached to the loader and snow blow it away.
     
  9. mmlklandscapes

    mmlklandscapes Junior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 3

    I'm saying they want a flat rate per storm no matter how many inches the storm is. So I'm thinking of basing it off of each storm being 6'', meaning that I will charge them for two pushes per storm.
     
  10. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    Gotcha, sounds good.
     
  11. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    No Way I would nt do that.
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Correct. You mean you'll plow 12 inches of snow for the same price as 2?
     
  13. plowinli

    plowinli Member
    Messages: 59

    What if you get 12" storm with 3" of freezing rain? They want that to be the same price as a 6" storm?
     
  14. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Ya thats where management is heading. Your asking for trouble as there is no well defined perimeters in the job description. Come invoice paying time , expect a phone call dictating how much they are gonna pay.
     
  15. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    you have to watch in what direction that will fall you can loose your shirt on bids like this.
    i only do resi but all my customers know if we get more then 6 inches the price goes up.
    example a 2 car wide by 2 car long drive with 30 feet of walk way to front door. is 50 bucks 2-6 inches of snow,6.01 to 8 inches its 65 bucks 8-10 its 75 ,10 to 12 is 100 then i go up from there .
    ice is more... you can get 2 inches of snow and 1/4 in of ice on to blow the snow and ice come back in 10 minutes and have 1 solid sheet of ice.
    same drive with the conditions above will cost them 150 dollars they will also get 25 lbs of calcium or rocksalt but i will only do the work after the event
    these are my average drives that i manage i have 10 customers like them my route is tight from start to finish im home in 3 hrs. on a average storm of 6-8 inches and its after it stops snowing thats with a snow blower and im a 1 man show i do have a back up blower just in case..
     
  16. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    tymusicThats good money KEC we would nt get that up here
     
  17. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    i got lucky this year also 6 of the 10 drives are custom pavers so the home owners do not want no blowers with metal on the drives thats why i use the toro 210 rubber paddles.
    dont get me wrong the larger snow we had i was bustin my a$$
     
  18. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    When I first started, I priced per storm. No matter what, it was a set price. WOW...I got ALOT of driveways like that. Awesome, I'm making good money...until I plowed my first blizzard. Dang, I went there 3 times and only got 30 bucks. That doesn't work out too well. So I say $XX.XX each visit. They ask me when I come, I tell them it'll vary. Driveways are my bonus money, so this kind of deal may not work for everyone. I'll plow it every 4-6 inches. If we're forecasted to get 8, I'll just do it after. That is of course if its powder. The cement storms are different. That'll be every 4." I try to be reasonable, These people help pay my bills so I work with them. You show up 3 times, get paid for 3 times.