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Charging $ for Plow stakes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TazLandscapes, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. TazLandscapes

    TazLandscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    I am getting ready to start staking out my lawns for winter and would like to know is it alright to charge customers money for staking there yard out.I am not talking $100 here.
    I am thinking between $20-30 for them maybe even $15 for the small yards.ANy help is appreciated.

  2. mike33087

    mike33087 Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    lol not this again!!!!!!
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i wouldnt. maybe in mass but we live in maine. dont know if that would fly well. mainers might look at like "im paying you to plow the snow not stick stakes into the ground. if your worried about hitting something then its your choice to use the stakes thats your thing.".

    what do i know though. try it and find out.. might go. might go over like a lead balloon.

    thats kind of like when people charge for estimates. not many charge for estimates in maine because mainers dont like paying for estimates.
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    No. Unless you and the customer agreed to the charge beforehand. The stakes are actually for your convenience - to avoid any damage and resultant expense in the Spring. Or to avoid hazards - which is still for your convenience. Any way you look at it, the stakes are not there for your customer's use.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's the same quote Keith Moon gave to Jimmy Page. So the band "Lead Zeppelin" found a new name! :D

    PS Don't charge for stakes like everybody else said. You put them there for your benefit .
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I agree with above posts. Stakes are for your benefit, you can't charge for them.
  7. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i am curious to hear everyones answer, i don't think this has ever been asked before lol snofarmer or mark o may be able to help you out why don't you pm them

    stakes cost from $.00-$.49 how many were you planing on useing for $30?

    alot of people charge for stakes but i am not one of them but as you all know i don't hardely do any resi's
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2007
  8. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    OH YEAH IT HAS!!!!

    Hey Mark, want to handle this one? :D
  9. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Oh, I just love this topic. Do a search and you will be reading all day.

    Out here, it is up to the customer to mark there drive. Any damage done to anything that is not marked is not the plowers responsibility.

    Most of my customers are not here after August or September which means I get to stake all the drives. I charge a fee to stake them and $1.00 per stake.

    I do not agree with the posts above about not charging the customer. It is my time, money and fuel to go pick up the stakes and stake the drives and I believe in getting paid for my time, the cost of the stakes and the use of my truck & fuel to get them and go to their property to put them in.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You could always bump up your price if you want to charge for staking and just tell the customer everything is included .
  11. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    And here I thought we'd all come to agreement on the subject of staking :D :drinkup: .

    Yeah, I was thinking of that other thread when I read this, too.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's it! Everybody goes vegetarian and no stakes for anybody!:D
  13. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123


    I agree with all of you, you should not charge an EXTRA price for putting in stakes, but I do put IT into my prices for plowing. Especially the commerical on an hourly rate, they all have them in there.
  14. TazLandscapes

    TazLandscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    I hope i didn't make anyone mad about this question.I have been thinking about this for a while now and last week alot of companys up my way were out staking yards out.One company i talked to charges $50 hr just to stake out a yard and he said that it doesnt bother there clients.So i just wanted to ask and hopefully not piss anyone off.

  15. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    No, I don't think anybody got mad. There was another thread about the same topic awhile ago and a couple members got to picking at each other. Nothing you did.
  16. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I make it avail. to the customer on the contract, If they do not want me to put in stakes at $1.50 each, than we are not responsible for repairs in the spring
  17. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    might as well charge them for new brighter headlights for your truck, or how about a new set of glsses/contacts too.
  18. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    too funny. thats kind of how i see it too jay.
  19. CrownLawn

    CrownLawn Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    How do you justify charging a minium of $15.00 for a small yard, when my small yard my take only 2 stakes @ .15 apeice and I am there only 1 minute? $15.00 x 60 Minutes= $900.00 per hour (gross profit). WOW thats a profit I should give up snowplowing and just stake yards!! Its all in the numbers in how you want it to look. You can bill it into your quote or line item it. It matters not as long as you make a profit. That way you can pay Uncle Sam his share. We all know he never gets enough.LOLpayup payup payup
  20. SnoFarmer

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

    Where is LLM?:confused:

    lol Mick, when did all of us agree on anything?

    Ecs, Are you jumping ship?
    ( How was your summer?)

    I agree, you should be paid for your time.
    But,,, The markers are for your protection.
    To save you from damaging your clients property.

    You could itemize your service OR include it in your price.

    What if someone does not want your aesthetically pleasing markers on there property?

    We do not put in markers, we do take pics of all properties before the season starts.
    We also take pics of the landscaping and any damaged areas.

    cya,, cya..:nod:

    P.S.Putting in markers would require someone to get out of there truck and work.:nono: I'm just too lazy....lol
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007