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Charging a Retainer Fee

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by ZLClawncare, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. ZLClawncare

    ZLClawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hi there,

    My phone has literally been off the hook with requests for snow removal bids but I can only take on about 20-30 per event. So I am entertaining the idea of charging a monthly non-refundable retainer fee that will be deducted from their bill each month ( I charge residential per push by the inch.)

    Has anyone done this?

    What would be a fair price to charge, $50? $100?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Seasonal contract is what your talking about.
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I do a retainer on commercial accounts that'll require equipment, if they request dedicated machines
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    And you should.
  5. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    As GrandView said your talking about seasonal pricing.

    So if your charging your clients say $600 for the season, break that down into 6 monthly payments and they pay you $100 a month starting in November.

    If you don't know what to charge, then look at what you did last year.
    How many events did you have?
    How much did you charge on each one?
    Add them all up and there is your seasonal price.
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Great idea.
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Only works in places were it don't snow
  8. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 851

    We charge a retainer fee for a couple rural properties, they are billed hourly but pay $200 per month to have a contract with us. This is in addition to our billing.

    Meaning we plow 5 times we bill $200 + the hourly rate for the 5 times.
  9. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 259

    All of our non-seasonal accounts (resi & commercial) get charged one push per month as a retainer. If it snows they get a credit for the same month. So basically if there is no snow all year the customer still gets billed Dec, Jan, Feb,and march for one push. I hope that made sense.
  10. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    If your talking residential the only way to go is a flat rate fee for the season paid up front