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What do you charge per acre to plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Monsonlawns, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Monsonlawns

    Monsonlawns Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I'm going into my 3rd year of snow removal in the Twin Cities area in MN. I'm trying to see if my prices are in line with the market. I've done mostly residential with a few smaller commercial lots. I've had a 1 acre lot (44,000 sq ft of asphalt, 1000 sq feet of sidewalk shoveling) for the past 2 years. It takes one guy 1 hour to complete shoveling and plowing each snow fall with a 8'2" Boss VXT. Right now I'm charging $150/time to plow/shovel and $140 for salt. Is that a good rate per acre?
    Reason I ask is I'm bidding a few lots that are much bigger than this, so trying to figure out a base price per acre to get me started. Thanks!
     
  2. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    Your market price is different than say my area here in Jersey. What are other people in your area getting for lots of that size. Do you have equipment to take on larger lots? Here I would want 200.00. But some one would do it for half.
     
  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,599

    Just as other markets are different so are lots. Are there islands to plow around, is it a square 1 acre. can you plow in both directions with minimal backing up, how many drives coming off the road. So from what you are discribing you might be a little bit low with the sidewalk being included.
     
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,523

    I'm assuming it's hour on 2/3 inch snowfall, what about a 5/6 in or more?

    It doesn't matter what you charge in the end as long as ur margins are in the comfortably range for you.
     
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  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,865

    Enough to cover costs plus profit.
     
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  6. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    How big are these much bigger lots?
     
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,529

    that's a Q for the Minnesota Weather thread......
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,865

    Why? Do they actually talk aboot plowing there?
     
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  9. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,523

    No, it's everything but that.
     
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  10. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,684




    Can you please post a formula for this if you don't know your costs?...:plowred:
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,529


    Fictitious cost, FC
    Profit, P
    FC+P =
     
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