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Plowing Driveways?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Livingreen, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Livingreen

    Livingreen Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 24

    I see alot of you plow driveways. We have always stayed away from residential driveways and stuck to the commercial end of things. Although this year I have picked up a community where they posted our name in there news letter for plowing driveways and truthfully I do not know how to charge for these. They mostly are two cars wide and two cars deep. Any help would be great.
     
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    How many snow events do you get there per season?

    I prefer to charge a per season price for a driveway so it depends on how many times I expect to be plowing. All this per push and per inch crap is too much time wasted on paperwork!
     
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    $15 to $20 per push is the going rate around hear for a driveway that small.
     
  4. G-rott

    G-rott Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    All in one comunity...

    $15-20 if the drive has enough room to stack snow. Drives grouped like that are worth a mint up here. I would be at 18-19 trying to get the most $ out of each while beating out the every drive - every where is $20 crowed.payup

    Garett
     
  5. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    LIVING, here thats a $30 driveway, $35 if you are good. You cant make money charging $15 and $20. JD, who thinks that charging by push or inch is too much paperwork, you might want to take some business management courses, as that is the only way to make money in this business. Giving a "one size fits all" price, for the month, is no way to run a business.
     
  6. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    I have a $35 local minimum price. Meaning, I don't have to drive more than 15-20 minutes to get to it. But to me, it just makes no sense to go out and do a driveway for less than that. and I've never been turned down at that price. But it does all depend on your area, and around here there is a lot of money floating around so people dont care as much.
     
  7. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Are you kidding me? I wouldn't slow down for that price.
     
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I've got a degree and several licenses to manage money and bind insurance policies as well. Thanks for the advice. :dizzy:
     
  9. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    All of the certifications, licenses, and class work cant teach the common sense needed to make money in the Snow and Ice Industry.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2008
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Sorry but you were the one who just said to take some classes! So now you disagree with yourself? You put a comma where one was not needed. Take a class!
     
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    JD, how do you pay for a Boss 9'2" V Plow at $15 and $20 a whack????????
     
  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Hmm, all my stuff is monthly, can you send me to some good buisness management courses. Oh and I guess Neige might be joining me also, he only does like 4000 driveways and a few small 25 acre lots monthly.
     
  13. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Well, first, you should learn how to spell the word "business"
     
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Thanks I appreciate that, so your avoiding my question then.
     
  15. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    How would you like me to send you "courses" UPS? FEDEX??????????????? I cant send out coursework JD. Please keep your requests within reason, and I would be glad to help out someone in need.
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    You said monthly was no way to run a buisness, and I say it is and I'm living proof and so is Paul, so stop giving bad advice.
     
  17. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    You stop giving bad advice.
     
  18. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Enough guys... what I want to know is how any of those who actually do nothing but driveways at $15 a pop make a living at it. A first class stamp to mail the invoice is 2.8% of your gross revenue! If you do have amazing route density... like someone with 400 drives OR you use them as filler between your commercisl stuff, then great. But really... one guy, one truck, $15 per drive -how much do you gross per snowfall?
     
  19. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Big, I am with you. I dont know where they get there plows either, but where mine come from, they cost over $5,000. Maybe their demographic is that drastically different than mine or yours.
     
  20. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    $1,000 per hour

    The only thing that would make sense to me, is those guys are doing 65-70 of those driveways an hour, to make a decent hourly pay. The only way you can do that many for that little money is in a condo complex, or the like.