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Residential snow pricing

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Dave does lawns, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 3

    In my second year of offering snow removal.

    I was thinking of starting my price on a square foot formula and then adding in difficulty and such.

    I use only blowers and/or sweepers, no plows. Average snow events are 55/year.

    600sqft driveway @ 0.06/sqft = 36/per visit. * 55 snows = 1980/season / 6months = $330/month

    Last year this customer paid me $200/month and I know that I was lucky we hardly got any snow.

    Any input for this new guy?
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Kind of took the long way to come up with that price.Just have a minimum for your service.Bigger drives more cash.
     
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    You really get 55 events? That is like 3 every week.
     
  4. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 3

    Yupp about 10 times a month, and our winter is longer then our summer.

    Am I on the right track to charge using the example above? It would appear to work really well on smaller properties, but the price is high on the larger ones.
     
  5. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    I would just come up with an hourly rate and figure out how long it will take to do each drive. I think it will be much easier. Or say a 20' single car wide is $x.xx. Double wide drive less than 30' long is $x.xx. Don't over think it.
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I can't see charging someone more because their driveway is 2' wider plus it would be a pricing nightmare. Most of the driveways here are 20X50 so if it's 20x55 you would charge 10% more.

    How long does 600 sq' take to do? Here that price would be extremely high.