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Christmas day work-how many do it?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by montanag, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. montanag

    montanag Member
    Messages: 53

    Thankfully, we don't do any commercial accounts (movie theatres, gas stations, etc.) that are open Christmas, so they can all sit until opening time 26th. However, a lot of residentials and apartment complexes will need to be done. I'm hoping for a good event the 23rd, but no weather on the 24th day or night. How about everyone else?? Thanks.


    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    its part of the job, if it snows we work, if it doesnt we spend it with family.
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Same here if it snow I plow... regardless of the day, holiday, or whatever else is going on it comes with the territory of doing commercial plowing!
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,252

    Only what I have to, unless we get a big dumping and they need to be opened up for emergency access.
  5. SnoFarmer

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

    If it snows we plow.
    we have before we will again....

    we sell 24-7 service.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    worst thing is when you hold off like say for x-mas, you decide well i'll just plow the lot in the morning, but when you get there you come to find out that the snow is hard as a rock from sitting, and it takes you 12x longer to plow the lot and 3000x more abuse on you're truck, so we make a habbit of getting the snow up as fast as we can.
  7. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    yep, 24-7 it dosent matter,
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    If it snows I goes.

    That money helps pay for the Christmas presents (& the bills)
  9. montanag

    montanag Member
    Messages: 53

    Yes, we do the same. I have worked on plenty of Christmases. I was just wondering if people let accounts sit for the day that have no need to be plowed. We will liquid deice them on Christmas Eve to prevent the ice bond forming, but they will sit all day and we will proceed with everything else, if snow is likely. If we can spare some time to be with family on Christmas and New Year's, they are the two days of the winter we change policies.
  10. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Are you kidding me?

    The work comes first.

    I know a guy that missed his mothers funeral because we got an 8 inch storm that day.
  11. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    now thats hard core :nod:
  12. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Dang, that's a hard core plower. I would probably have to make my Mom's funeral. I would know in advance when the funeral was and would have to sub out the plowing.
  13. montanag

    montanag Member
    Messages: 53

    Dude, do you read what you want to read? The work, of course, comes first. We plow anybody needing to be plowed, which is anyplace people live or work and is open on Christmas Day. We plow medical establishments, Dental offices, Shopping centers the night of the 25th, but there is no need to be doing those particular ones during Christmas Day. No one complains, everybody understands. You would rather plow something that doesn't need it for those daytime hours when your kids are awake?? I've been doing this for a while and I still think a lot of people don't see the forest from the trees.....

    Too bad about your friend. We line up emergency subs and backup drivers for such an occurrence. That's how you run a business
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    My kids hopes it snows on Christmas. 5 minutes after the toys are opened they want to going plowing!
  15. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We have an 800 parking stall chinese mall and christmas day is there busiest day of the year. The other malls also have video stores and variety stores, so they must be opened up anyway
  16. SnoFarmer

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

    Are you Kidding me:dizzy:

    He could not take an hr or 3 off to go to his moms funeral??
    I din't know of one person who would not have under stood that .
    I will be going to my parents no matter what the weather is...

    I guess we all handle these things differently..
  17. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I owe
    So I go.
    Actually I plow a hotel and 2 restaurants that are in the same parking lot. I have to plow no matter what day or holiday it is. Comes with the job.
  18. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    If we have too

    If it snows on Christmas eve, we go out until about 6, come home and watch the kids open the presents, play with them for a while, go back out and plow, and then come home for Christmas dinner, and head back out. Family comes first, and then my plowing, the commerical places that NEED to be done, are done before I have to come home for the kids.
  19. packey

    packey Member
    Messages: 97

    Here is a question does anyone charge more for being out Christmas day. I was asked last night by two of my accounts if their would be a different charge. MY thought is no I knew it was a possibilty when I wrote my contracts up but what do you other guys do?
  20. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Same Price

    I always charge the same, I though about charging more the first year, but I did not, and it paid off, many of the customers saw me there Christmas eve, and early Christmas day, and gave me BIG tips. Almost twice of what I carge them, just for them to know they could get out, if they wanted too.