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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by clncut, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    How do you guys charge when plowing parking lots during business hours. Most parking spaces would be filled so lanes will probably only need opening. Do you charge them the same amount or do you charge less. If so, how much do you take off?

  2. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    same amount because you'll have to go back and clean it up later or those sections could turn into ice bumps which are a real pain to plow -literally.
  3. shamp

    shamp Member
    Messages: 33

    I would charge based on my hourly rate, I get 120 hr. and if it only takes 1/2 hr. charge 60. If its not even going to take you that long still charge at least a min. 1/2 hr. fee for showing up its your time and gas you still have to make money then add in your salt fee.
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    We service/ plow 3, restaurants that are open 24/7.
    Their on a per push billing.
    Their are always some cars in the lot.
    we clear what we can get when we are there.
    Then we come back at a time when their are only a few customers in the lot, usually around 3am after the drinking crowd has left.

    So, If 1. storm require us to service the lot twice, they would be charged for 2 pushes.
    We do not do nay thing by the HR, It's by the push..
    Other wise you get in to sticky situations if their is only 2" of snow and the client thinks you are going to slow. They will be bitching about their bill.
    Now, if you charge a flat or staggered flat rate of 2"-5".5"-9" storm clause,etc etc the customer knows how much it is going to cost before you plow.

    Their will be times you can clear the lot quickely and their will be times that will take a little longer.
    If you use an hr rate and you get new equipment that allows you to do your job quicker and more efficiently or you learn how to plow the lot quickly,
    you would make less $$$ not more..