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Bidding for a single snow

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Jaspell, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Jaspell

    Jaspell Member
    from 06117
    Messages: 61

    As you know there is a blizzard bearing down on us and a lot of people are looking for a single storm plowing arrangement. We are looking at 15 to 20 inches, probbaly requiring two separate trips per house. The average driveway is 60 feet by 25 feet. What is a fair per push bid under these circumstances? I want to help people and can handle the extra work but dont want to sell myself short. Just the push for the driveway.
  2. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,660

    $75.00 every time.
    snow dozzer likes this.
  3. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,491

    X2 I would hit them more than twice, Even at 15'' you would be plowing 5'' per trip.
  4. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,491

    You do know if someone call after the 15'' comes down to charge at least double. I understand you want to help people. You can't beat on your truck so people can keep money in there pocket. To battle with Mother Nature takes Money, time, equipment etc. lol
  5. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I charge double for flag downs (1X calls) after big storms, $50 minimum.
  6. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,949

    In nj thats easy 150
    shawn_ likes this.
  7. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,949

    Maybe 125 if ur in the givinv mood
  8. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    $75 and up for one time calls.
    Cash or credit card payment up front before the plow hits the pavement.
  9. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    I know the storm has come and gone but I can't agree with this more, regardless of what you charge. I'll walk through knee deep snow to the front door to get paid before I do anything. Preferably cash. You're doing them a huge favor at a time when most people are swamped with work. Don't rip them off but definitely charge accordingly
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,816

    I have a minimum as well, it applies to everybody. We are more trusting, it's a small town. A lot of people commute to work, every contact is an opportunity to sell your wares the way you want to service. Getting called out and paid to clear a driveway is better than a providing an estimate or free. It's your paid opportunity to introduce the way you provide service.
    jrs.landscaping likes this.
  11. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Cash before we start for people we don't know, we'll send a bill for people we know. Small town here too.

    I had 3 different people stop by my house this year and give me money to plow something for them the next day.

    This might be as good a place as any to throw this out too.
    For any of you who are MN Twins fans Dave Goltz flagged me down on Monday and had me do his driveway. He lives next to a regular of mine, and sometimes he doesn't want to shovel.
  12. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    My residential driveway pricing is as follows
    Up to 6"
    6-10"-50% more
    10-12" 2x reg price
    over 12" I pro rate

    So a 15-20" storm would probably charge 2.5-3x a normal plow.

    These numbers are fluid too. If we get a heavy 5", I'll charge 1.5, if we get a super light 6.5", I'll charge regular rate.
  13. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    I would like to see your contract where u can charge more for heavy snow
    And less for light
    I like the other %incgrease
    shawn_ likes this.
  14. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,703

    My guess is he means that's in one time call outs or flag downs.
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,217

    That is the topic.....
  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,189

    So how did you handle the cat 3 storm?
  17. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,703

    I know. My response was to Ponybiy asking about a contract with the different levels. Flag downs aren't contracted.
  18. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,705

    I wouldn't do a contract for only big storms. Hows driveway being cleared for smaller storms? Just driving over the snow and now it is all hard pack? Big storms are harder to see obstacles better chance of doing damage compared to an account I plow regularly. Lastly if they only want blizzard service they are cheap axes and could be an issue with payment.
    ktfbgb likes this.