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weird contract

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trainhorntruck, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    I was reading a contract, and the way it's set up is a little weird. It's per push and the trigger is 1 in and every 2 additional inches. My question is what does the contractor do when theres a storm say 10 inches because he would plow at 1", 3", 5", 7", 9" when again on the tenth inch ? it doesn't meet the 2 inch trigger ? but you can't leave the parking lot a mess. do you bill them the full amount that last push? That seems a little odd when it snows any even amount of snow exp 2, 4, 6, 8, 10,12 and so on there lift with that one inch at the end. What does the contracter do ? It's the first time Ive seen a contract set up like that figured I'd see that you guys thought.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Thing is you will never get the 10 inches:). If your plowing every 1-2 inches bill them for for each total when you were there. Now I know some places will want a bill for the total snow fall10" which more of the time is less them billing 5 2' snows.
     
  3. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    reread my tread I messed it up the first time i typed it I'm really tired
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Most likely your not going to be there every 2 inches if it keeps snowing. So you will bill for the amount of snow on the ground when you get there. Sell them a seasonal contract.
     
  5. 95HDRam

    95HDRam Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    That contract is set up like two of ours and depending on the amount forecasted and rate of snowfall will depend on when we push.
    FYI: Two seasons ago we had a storm that put 7" down from 11PM to 8AM. We pushed every 2" that fell and did a final clean up and salt at the end. They got a bill for every time we hit the lot even for the final clean up which was about an Inch at the 2" set rate. That is the way this place has had their contract written and is how they want it billed.
     
  6. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    this place wants the contract this way I just thought it would be a little funny billing wise because they mite say oh you plowed that one last inch and now your charging another push when it didn't meet the trigger
     
  7. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    bump ............
     
  8. 95HDRam

    95HDRam Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    Yes they might but chances are they would not be happy if you did not clear that last inch. Our accounts have never questioned the bill bc they always get quality work and a clean lot.
     
  9. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,997

    Are you pushing and billing every 2" even during the hours they're closed? Usually that's for open hours to keep passable.I've got to get some accounts like that,I could get rid of half my customers! Rock on!
     
  10. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    All hours and that's what i was thinking just do the final inch. I was thinking better do it and have a nice looking lot and charge a little more rather then save them a few bucks and have them pissed and mess up my name in the plow business
     
  11. 95HDRam

    95HDRam Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    Exactly, they wont be unhappy with a clean lot.
     
  12. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Sounds to me this place really has a zero tolerance for snow on the lot. A lot of my factories here are the same way. You start plowing at 1" and keep it clear till it stops. If they want you to start at 1" then that last 1" is a no brainer to me. What I do it I plow the lot once when it starts and then I go and do others then when 2" is back on the factories lot I go back and hit it again. That's a good account congrats!!
     
  13. trainhorntruck

    trainhorntruck Member
    from CT
    Messages: 39

    Went and signed, it looked good to me and i didn't here anything negative about it so I'm plowing on this winter payup