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Quick help for Newbie on pricing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by westbrooklawn, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. westbrooklawn

    westbrooklawn Member
    Messages: 49

    I have done a search, but haven't really found an answer. I am looking for a standard hourly rate for plowing a large utility company reporting center (employee parking as well as company vehicle lots and garage area).

    The facts:

    Plow vehicle - Jeep wrangler with 6'8" plow
    Conditions - 3" snow with sleet and freezing rain on top, packed

    It had melted some during the day yesterday, and I was able to scrape to bare pavement, but not without a lot of hard plow tripping due to frozen packed areas.

    They were desperate to get it done and hired me without asking me to quote a rate......."send us the bill..." type arrangement. It helps that I know their maintenance head.

    I am thinking $110 - $125/ hour range. All responses appreciated.
     
  2. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    If I could get $100.00 hr. for a small rig and plow I would be happy. That's my .02 cents, hope I didn't offend you.
     
  3. westbrooklawn

    westbrooklawn Member
    Messages: 49

    No offense taken!.......I am looking for honest feedback. The reason I was looking towards a little higher price was because of the rough packed and frozen conditions which were really hard on the rig.
     
  4. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Yes, but you put in more hrs. because of the hard pack.
     
  5. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Should charge higher per hour than normal based on additional wear and tear on truck /plow. payup payup
     
  6. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Start at $125.00 per hour and 1 hour minimum. Then every 1/2 hour above that.. See where that takes you. When you are done with the job, think about it and ask yourself "Would I do this all day long for X amount?" That will be your per hour fee. As far as adding more because of the conditions, I would think to go slower and therefore will make more money.
     
  7. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    Are you hoping to make this a permanent account??? If you are then try to find the prevailing wage for your area. In our area 80.00/hr with a 7.5ft plow is average. But we are able to get more by charging by the push on most lots.
     
  8. SWC

    SWC Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 134

    You should think about how much you really need, rather than what might get.

    Take into consideration how much fuel you use, the wear and tear on your vehicle plus any repairs due to something breaking, salt if used, then add that to the profit you want to make.

    You might charge them $75 an hour for a one time clearing, or you can offer them $60 an hour for doing it on a regular basis.

    If you're a good mechanic you can do your own repairs, if not you'll have to pay someone to do them, so take that into consideration as well.

    I wouldn't charge any less than everybody else is charging, and I wouldn't charge any more unless I offered a better service.