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pricing for boston north shore yuppie areas

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by henry4, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. henry4

    henry4 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    i have a full service construction firm. I want to offer plowing to my clients. how and what do you charge for private drives? What about driveways?
    I was thinking of offering full service, meaning snowblower the walks at the same time, how and waht do i charge for this service???

    do you all offer salting? if yes do you have spreaders or do you do it by hand???

    Thanks for the help, i want to make sure i charge enough. If we all share info we can compete on service and not undercut each other!
  2. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    You need to charge what YOU need to make off a job, not what the other guys charge..

    I salt walks with a Lesco broadcast spreader. Have a Western 1000 tailgate spreader going on my truck next week. You won't want to do anything more than a small sidewalk by hand.
  3. henry4

    henry4 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    what to charge

    I agree i need to charge the right price for me AND i need to make sure i can be competitive with the competition's price.
    I am going to offer plowing just to complete our full service business model.
    I don't expect to get rich plowing and i am not the type that wants to undercut the market.
    surveying / leaning what competitive pricing is a very important step in developing a pricing strategy.
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    henry4, welcome to Plow Site. The question of pricing comes up all the time - at least a hundred times a season. The problem is that pricing is so regional, it's hard to give advise. Even for someone from the same area within a state or province. Have you ever had anyone plow for you? You might use that as a GUIDE, but you'd still want to figure it based on your costs and profit margin.

    As a general guide, the average is around $125/hr. I, for instance, have a minimum of $30. A flat, straight driveway with no backdragging of 100'x12', I'd charge $30. A 1/2 mile private road with no steep hills, I'd charge around $60. There are always exceptions - I talked to a guy the other day who has a driveway that would be a straight push, pile at the end about 10'x20'. I'd go for $20 but only if I got the other two houses that are real close and the private 1/4 mile road they live on.

    Salt - if you plan on providing this, you really need a spreader. Depending on how much you intend to be spreading, you should get a 2-stage tail gate of a V-box. For a tail gate, you can get by with a 3/4 ton pick up. A V-box, you'll need a one ton/3500. If you're doing private roads of any length, go with the V-box right off, otherwise you'll wind up wasting money trying to get by.