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Cost to Plow Residential Driveways

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Chris Rigsby, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Hi everyone I just joined the site today & I’m new to plowing, but I went out plowing with a friend last winter and it seemed like it would be interesting to do, so I’m hoping to start my business next winter & was just curious on what everyone charges to plow residential driveways & neighborhood driveways?
    Thanks! :plowblue:
     
  2. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,365

    Figure out how long it will take you, how much you need to make to pay expenses, insurance, etc and go from there.
     
  3. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Ok, Thanks for your opinion!
     
  4. sota

    sota Senior Member
    Messages: 979

    why don't you work with/for your friend for a year or more, and see if you really do like it.
     
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  5. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
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    And what a drive way pays here, ain't the same as other parts of the country. Where are you located?
     
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  6. EWSplow

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    Might add the length, width, difficulty, etc.

    I've got 1 little drive, 9" wide and 75' long. 95% of the snow needs to be pushed out to the street, then pushed up in a pile between the street and walk. In the middle of the night, it takes 5 or 6 minutes. During rush hour, it takes sometimes 15 or more minutes. It's at a busy intersection.
    Not all drives are alike.
     
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  7. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,160

    The old lady next door paid me in cookies last weekend:D
     
  8. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Yeah I probably do that. Couldn’t do that a lot this year because where we are not a lot of snow storms happened this season, but that’s a good idea
     
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    That’s also very true
     
  10. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    That’s a pretty good deal I’d have to say!:nod:
     
  11. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Cambridge, Minnesota
     
  12. sota

    sota Senior Member
    Messages: 979

    If they're anything like my mom's home made from scratch chocolate chip cookies, you were over-paid. :D
     
  13. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Probably lol!:nod:
     
  14. OP
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    That’s not bad at all. What do you charge for that driveway? If you don’t mind me asking
     
  15. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    Don't believe him, he's after the ole ladies social security check.
     
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  16. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
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    One thing you have to do is come up with a minimum price. But this is in direct relation to your area.
     
  17. Avalanche 2500

    Avalanche 2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I plow a bakery, as a tip @ 6am got fresh warm Portuguese rolls :)
     
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  18. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,365

    I do a bunch of commercial and residential for that client and my sidewalk crew does the walks, so it's based on that. It gets billed at 10 minutes, which is one 6th of what I estimate my hourly.
    If you can come up with a minimum, based on what you need to make, you can go that route.
    Hope that helps.
    If you have several drives in close proximity, you can do them for less.
    Example, you sign contracts for a combination of 10 driveways, lots, etc and the route takes you say 5 hours including drive time. You have to Cover all your expenses, repairs, wear and tear etc and pay yourself what you're worth for a day.
    I'll also add that the price increases with snow depth.
    Ask your buddy how much he'd pay you as a sub and tack on some more.
    For your 1st year, don't take on more than what you think you can do in 4,or 5 hours. Traffic, weather, stopping to wizz etc all add time.

    There is no magic number.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
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    Chris Rigsby

    Chris Rigsby Member
    Messages: 47

    Ok I’ll ask my buddy about that & there shouldn’t be a hole lot of driveways & lots to plow around by me & thanks for your info!
     
  20. Richh56

    Richh56 Member
    Messages: 78

    I average 25 for a easy two car wide 4 car deep driveway. Northern ohio
     
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