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Plowing remote locations...How would you handle this?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Camden, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Today I secured a contract with a telecommunications company. They have 3 locations right in town and 1 location way out in the sticks (where there's a tower). We agreed upon a per hour rate that is very much to my liking. HOWEVER, the tower is easily 20 miles out of town and it's only going to take about 15 minutes to plow it out once I'm there.

    Can I get away with charging drive time to and from the location or do I just take it on the chin and be happy with what I'm making on the other 3 locations? I guess I'd just like to hear what some of you do and I'll go from there.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You could try a split contract. This much for the 3 and this much for the last one.But make it all or nothing ,because they may stick you with the far out one only . Just my thought.
     
  3. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    If its really to far for you find someone out that way and sub it out. That way you still collect on all four, pay a small fee to someone els and plow the others yourself.
     
  4. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    If your billing by the hour then just add the time on the route start at x time lot 1 then the stop time would be the arrival time on lot 2 and so on but you must do them in series 1,2,3,4,
     
  5. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    do they need it plowed right after the storm or could it wait till the everything else is done?
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    If you landed the contract already then what did you work out or sign for. Time on site or travel time also. I think it is a little late for the question. Just my .02
     
  7. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I expected a reply like this. My thought process was that I'll be making enough on the 3 jobs in town that the 4th one wouldn't have to be a "money maker" but none-the-less I don't want to do it for nothing.

    If I can charge for travel time then all 4 locations will be nice little honey pots.

    Thanks for your concern.
     
  8. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    What they don't know won't hurt them.
     
  9. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    Well, when you're driving to the site it's not to bake cookies, it's to plow it, SO CHARGE for the hours or time it took to get there... easy isn't it??

    :)
     
  10. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    It may already have been said in different words, but you could charge the time TO the site (plus the actual plowing time) but not the return or full round trip road time. Lots of other trades charge this way.
     
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Charge for the travel time, if they don't like it, trust me you'll hear about it, then adjust accordingly.
     
  12. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    You just secured a contract - what does the contract say?
     
  13. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    how about min 1/2 hr time on location #4 to start the job so you get a few extra bucks to cover and then thay dont feel shafted on extra money.
     
  14. UglyTruck

    UglyTruck Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    I have a buddy that secured a contract with several wireless companies the year before last (05-06) that consisted of snow removal for 10 remote tower sites only. his round trip for the day was over 200 miles(in less than ideal conditions, obvouisly). but he was making more (double) on those 10 sites than I make on 36 accounts. & my rates are fairly steep for my area.

    dont be afraid to ask for what you think it is worth...the worst they can do is counter offer less.