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Residential snow packages

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by anolog139, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. anolog139

    anolog139 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    My names Matt. I own a window cleaning business. Here in Michigan we are closed in the winter for obvious reasons. This year we are going to offer residential snow removal. Last year we did sidewalk snow removal for commercial. My question to you guys out there is this. What are your thoughts about charging a one time price for customers. For example, a customer pays lets say $400 at the beginning of the season. That covers them for snow removal of 2 inches and more for the entire season no matter if it snows once or 40 times. Does anyone do that on here? If so how do you do it? What do you charge per season for a average residential driveway? What does that package include? Salt? Sidewalks? Etc.. I appreciate your input. Thanks!
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Never heard of something like that,think it would work?
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,005

    I'm thinking you would loose in the end.
     
  4. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,439

    not nice ...done all the time
     
  5. cubplower

    cubplower Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    I thought about doing that for this year. After looking at what would be made doing it like that vs. per push it turned out I would be basically braking even on an average winter. I also asked a couple of my customers if they would be interested and they seemed to want nothing to do with it
     
  6. TheYardBarber

    TheYardBarber Member
    Messages: 45

    I'm in the same boat. What I did is look at the average snowfall for your area.. Make sure it's reliable and accurate. Then figure how many times you'll plow that amount. It's hard, especially where I live. Here it might snow a lot like last year or no snow at all like the previous two years. People don't want to pay more if you under bid so I would try to find a safe number.

    The good thing about residential is that they are small and don't take a lot of time. So if your off a little it won't kill you.

    Good luck
     
  7. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    Matt, call me 810-577-2621.
    Brian from Picasso, the green and yellow trucks.
     
  8. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    Yes there called seasonal. We do not offer salt for resi, not sure of any that do around here
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    How do you figure this price out for seasonal snow plowing?
     
  10. madskier1986

    madskier1986 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    for residential accounts I offer a season package that cover services if it snows once or like u say 40 times for one flat fee. To calculate that cost you times your per push rate by the season average. Some years you win and some years you will lose, but in a three year period it all averages out.

    It's a big game but you should also have a diverse portfolio between seasonal and per push.
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What happens if it snow after your contract is up?
     
  12. TheBlowerGuy

    TheBlowerGuy Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    That's how we price, north of you in Ontario. We average about 300$ per driveway for the year. No salting, we offer shovelling of sidewalks for an extra 150$ for the year, quite a few seniors and landlords go for that option.
     
  13. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,868

    I'm thinking we need to find you a hobby, maybe you just need a mars bar.:D
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Aero bartymusic
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,321

    Ah come on BC, Mr. Seasonal was just getting on a roll.............:laughing:
     
  16. SHAWZER

    SHAWZER PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,154

    Looking forward to GV posts when on pain meds in another month . Thumbs Up:dizzy:
     
  17. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,868

    :laughing::laughing: