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church parking lot $$

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by fordrulz, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. fordrulz

    fordrulz Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Kind of stuck on what to charge a local church who needs a plow guy. The lot it's flat with plenty of room for snow and two driveways.well take a good half hour to plow. Just need to plow. No sanding or shoveling. My thoughts were $100 per storm but the wife thinks that is steep and they are looking to have it done for cheap. Any thoughts? ?
  2. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    IMHO charge the going rate. They already get enough discounts from the government and don't pay their fair share for community services.
  3. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    A church is a business. Charge them the same as anyone else with the same size lot and specs. They have a revenue stream and a budget just like any other business. You still have the same slip and fall liability. If you are a man of faith and would feel better by donating a certian dollar amount in powing services before you start charging, that's up to you.
    Btw, everyone is looking to have everything for cheap.
  4. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Time for them to tithe to you.
  6. fordrulz

    fordrulz Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks guys i am not a member of the church i just have a friend that is who asked if i would be interested in plowing
  7. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    Fuel+Insurance+Wear and tear+Time+Profit=Cost per push. Only you know the value of each.
  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    ^^^^^ Yup ^^^^^
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,069

    I have a church with a .8 acre rectangular wide open lot with 175ft of walk. I have tiered rates which start out @ $165.00 for 1-4", this includes shoveling the walks and de-icer app on the walks/handicap parking places (about 65#).
    Total time is 25minutes to plow and shovel.
  10. NThill93

    NThill93 Member
    Messages: 96

    I plow a church with a lot about 3 acres, a driveway up a hill where the church is located and the hill going back down, also all walks. I charge the going rate I would anyone and at the end of the year if i made a lot of money off them I give some back in a donation. I am also a parishioner of the church, so that makes a difference.

    Some advice you're going to be married to the church, Not sure of the denomination or how big of a church it is, but my church also has a school for k-8, so anytime it snows i'm there sanding the hill and salting walkways. Insurance is also quite expensive. I live on Long Island so everything is more expensive, but to carry a snow plowing endorsement and double the liabilities on my current insurance( which is for my landscaping company) they doubled my yearly payment.

    Just some advice :drinkup:
  11. fordrulz

    fordrulz Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks it is s small local church class on Wed night and mass on Sundays that's all.
  12. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Lots of foot traffic at a church (I service 2) so make sure you have a written agreement that your not responsible for sidewalks or ice.
  13. Stove

    Stove Member
    Messages: 79

    I have no problem with any of my churches... I service them, invoice them, and they pay immediately! :angel:
  14. fordrulz

    fordrulz Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    What type of insurance would be involved i only plow my yard and a neighbor's now and possibly this church i am not commercial
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2013
  15. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    If you accept money then yes you are commercial and a business.
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Need to have them give you a church envelope with just cash in it!
  17. Jeckstine

    Jeckstine Member
    from PA
    Messages: 55

    I am the facilities manager at a larger church with a daycare and a preschool as well. When we used to bid it out in the fall we looked at the bids and went with what is reasonable for the level of service we expected. Not the lowest in most cases. It is a budgeted item just like any other business. If you are competitive and do a good job that is what was important to us before I took it over myself. One thing to keep in mind is snow does cost money to clear but it costs a lot more in lost tithing when the lot is full of snow and people can not attend!
  18. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I haven't seen a church that didn't have any money
  19. bel-nor

    bel-nor Member
    Messages: 51

    Get one operations point person to deal with and explain it is up to him to organize all the transactions. This will eliminate you beng on the listening end of who has to approve what. It is easier for some to organize a $400.00 breakfast for members at Dennys (which is paid with a tip immeadiately) than to pay a $125.00 push.