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Bigger ten average drive way

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by natimp, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I am new to the plowing business. I am mostly into plowing residential driveways right now and have gotten the gist of pricing ( most run between 30.00-50.00) but I have one of my lawn clients who wants a price. Her driveway is pretty large. It runs about 100' to about 150' in length( single car width ). At the end of the driveway you have 2 single paved parking spots on the left and on the right are 3 single car doors( garage) In the front there is a circle driveway connected. I was thinking in the $75.00 range for any storm up to 3" ( only at her request it will be done), from 4"-6" $100.00, 6" - 10" $150.00, 10" - 12" $200.00 (which I can do 2 passes depending on perdiction of storm) , and 12" + the price starts over from beginning. In this area we don't see to many really large storms but I think it is better to protect myself with pricing it anyway. Weather had been crazy all year and you never know. So does this sound reasonable? Remember, she is a lawn client and I dont want to offend her and lose the job but I do want to make as much as I can. Thanks :help: :drinkup: :rolleyes:
  2. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    $200 sounds like a LOT of money for ANY driveway for a 10" snow.

    What time are you estimating this taking?

    I have factory parking lots that I charge this amount for. They take less than an hour.
  3. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I guess it would take me between 1 to 2 yrs with a 10"+ storm. The entire driveway is surrounded by 6 by 6's and with that storm I would have to plow and lift to push it deeper into the wooded areas. It does sound a little high to me but like I said I am new with this.
  4. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    And it isnt your average size driveway.
  5. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Here is a shot of a driveway I plow. From where I'm standing, it goes behind me about 400' and is 12' wide.

    For this I charge $115 and on your average snow, I'm in and out in about 20 minutes.

  6. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    This is the upper area with a center circle garden, 3 car garage.

    This is what I charge to plow only. I don't step foot out of my truck.

  7. Groundmovers

    Groundmovers Member
    from NE CT.
    Messages: 48

    Boy are you getting a good deal on that one...

    ...you're getting $115 and there is no snow....:p
  8. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    TLC........Thank you. I am in the central NJ area ( I see your out of Phila.) Those pictures put it in a more understanding way at what I should be charging. I was thinking about it more today and I think I will tell the home owner $75.00 for any snow up to 6", $100.00 for anything up to $10", $125.00 anything beyound that point ( 10"+). If 2 plowing sessions are needed because of the amount of snow or time span of snowfall the charge will be $150.00. How does that sound?? I really appreciate you helping me with this type of estimating. Happy Holidays to you and everyone.
  9. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    1 to 2 years :eek: Now that is one hell of a driveway...
  10. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Yeah, I was gonna,......but the H and Y keys are close together on the keyboard.
  11. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    That sounds better, but just be cautious as to how you word it..... They could be cheap and tell you to come out when it stops. That could be a couple feet, and you'd be stuck charging them $125 ONCE!

    11" & Up $Plowed according to storm

    This way you open yourself up to charging what you need to on the REAL deep ones.
  12. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Hey, what can I say.... I have some nice accounts! :D
  13. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    Thats a sweet looking account you got.
  14. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Yeah, it's quite a property. This guy sunk a LOT of coin into building this house.

    I treat him good, he treats me good.
  15. mkjsunscapes

    mkjsunscapes Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    If you don't mind me asking, what do you get to mow that place and how long does it take you and with what equipment?

  16. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I have been getting $120/cut. It's mowed on Tuesdays and Fridays during the Spring, and Fridays throughout the year.

    It sits on 8 or 9 acres of land, but he only has about 4 of it mowable. A little gingerbread stuff around the pool and around the one flower bed needs the push mower. (due to terrain, not size accessability). The heliport (yeah payup ) has a steep dropoff on the lower end. But it is still mowable with my 60" Lazer.

    I'm in and out in less than 2 hrs (mostly 1.5hrs). It all depends on any extras I do that particular day. It takes a full hour just to mow with the 60" Lazer.