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Residents: Pay for each push? OR Pay for whole season

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by ibuildmee, May 11, 2011.

  1. ibuildmee

    ibuildmee Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    which is more convenient? Which is more profitable?

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Here we go. All seasonal for me.
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    Around hear most people charge per storm and some charge per push.
  4. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    a mix of both.
  5. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Locally I have enver heard of redidential seasonal or storm rates. Strictly per push, sanding exrta...this is why I bought my own truck and plow...one week we had multiple 10"+ storms, that one week cost me about $300 and thats a $25/push.
  6. cpmi

    cpmi Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 162

    I am slowly working toward all seasonal accounts-right now its a 50/50 split of seasonal and per storm.
  7. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    A good mix of both, all our residential are seasonal contracts, where as all my commercial is either hourly or per push. That way it protects us both ways
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    I have 80% PER STORM AND 20% SEASONAL.
  9. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    seasonal and price them right
  10. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    Of course whether it was priced right can only be known after the winter is over. We have family who live near Rochester, NY who paid $240 for the season to plow their driveway that will hold six mid sized cars.

    That guy was plowing for nothing before winter was half over.

    All my customers are per push.
  11. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    The key is to price them right. 240 for the season isn't priced correctly especially if it fits 6 cars
  12. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,029

    Residentials for me are seasonal, 50% of the money up front and the rest by the first week of January. I stopped offering per push because I was tired of chasing money or having a customer tell me that they do not recall me coming on a certain day and don't feel they should be charged for it as well as other things.
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    For that area it's about right,even a little high.
  14. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I've always offered seasonal rates for residentials but never had one bite, I consider them my bonus money these days, I plow them per push and have dropped half of them over the years to make room for larger jobs that pay the bills.
  15. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Really? That seems crazy low to me. Doesn't Rochester get pelted with alot of lake effect snow? I live in western MA up in the hills, we get about 120" on average every season and I was very close to $1000/season to my plow guy at $25 per push...and I was complaining that my driveway wasn't getting cleared enough.