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what should i have charged?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by birddseedd, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    i put down 300 lbs of salt over a 1" thick ice pad on a drive. charged 65 bucks. cost me probably 40 in salt.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Why did you charge so little?
     
  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    At first i thought it was alot untill i realized how much salt it would actualy take. (i want my ballast back)

    i guess what it comes down to is im just worried people wont want to pay if its a bigger price. seems to be how it is in Michigan.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    So you did the work first then told them how much.
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    no. mentioned it as he left.
     
  6. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,099

    Is it one of your regular customers ?
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    yea. and one im trying to impress. really want to keep him this summer again. he was dissapointed at a landscape job that took long. heat wave, break downs n such.
     
  8. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,099

    Should of spread it thinner. A little goes a long way.
     
  9. MikeA5150

    MikeA5150 Member
    Messages: 57

    Around here if you salt for a regular plow customer its $225./ ton. Most plow contractors around here all charge the same and that can only be done if you're buying bulk.
     
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    what is the price for bulk salt for you?
     
  11. MikeA5150

    MikeA5150 Member
    Messages: 57

    I think this year its $40/ton.
     
  12. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    WOW. im getting hosed on these bags
     
  13. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    If you spent $40, then charge $120...,. Ok $100 on a deal...
    If you have to ask, then maybe you shouldn't be do it... :laughing:
     
  14. MikeA5150

    MikeA5150 Member
    Messages: 57

    We all are. If you had somewhere to store it you can save alot of money.You can get about 800lbs. in one of those wheeled trash cans from the local trash co. and fill a bunch of 5 gal buckets which are about 50lbs each...... I was wrong on price its between $65 and $70 but thats still a big savings.
     
  15. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    Sounds like it would have been worth it if it was bulk
     
  16. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    ussmileyflagi charge no less than 20 cents per pound, no more than 40 cents. depends if its bag rock salt . so 60.00 to 120.00 but thats southern ohio i can get 20 per bag for rock salt .. you cant pay the bill at the prices your chargeing, balk is not a option for me this year but thats where the money is . if your useing caleum cloride around 50 cents per pound up to 60 cents . but 300 lb on a driveway,:drinkup: it must be a long one
     
  17. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    The way to impress the client is with quality work, at a price that's competitive but shows that you know your own costs. Now you come on here and ask if the price was correct, but honestly it doesn't matter because if he calls you again you can't charge 120 and tell him the guys on the internet said it was a better number. It's very important to know your costs up front because its so hard to raise prices these days. You might get a ton of work from this guy but it sounds like you'll go broke doing it. You've kind of lowered the bar for yourself with this client. I got screwed that way once, gave a low price on mowing with the promise of a bunch of landscaping work, they never did the landscape work and I still had to honor that price.
     
  18. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    You can't look at bulk as $40. Very few people have the ability to pay that. It's not like you can order up a load to your place at that price. Depending on port prices at time of sale expect bulk to run you 85-100 delivered by the truckload or about 115-140 by the individual yard. Your bags shouldn't be costing you more than $5 a bag by the pallet load. Now if you have the ability to go to the ports and want to wait in line you can get lower prices, but not sure you can pull in and ask for a yard in the back of your pickup. Of course prices vary by location.
     
  19. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    I do get a fair price for mowing. mainly i want to keep him for mowing. so a good deal on a one time service isnt horible. tho i think i should maybe get some bulk salt for this stuff
     
  20. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    :mechanic :j t v landscaping just told you how it is and will be with you new impressed client and all his friends ,,,,, you need to learn how to not screw yourself out of money and make a profit if you expect to make it in this cut throat world :drinkup: . how young are you .think about it before you give bids
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013