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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by missbhaven, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. missbhaven

    missbhaven Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm getting killed on my bids on jobs, I don't know how these guys make any money on some of their bids. I usually quote jobs by inch of snow like 2"-5" snowfall per push = $100.00. I've never bid jobs on a trigger, I'm going to try to bid next job on a 2" trigger, but I have a question regarding a trigger if someone could answer.

    Question: If you have a two inch trigger bid on a job for lets say $100.00, and it snow's four inch's on one snowfall. Does that mean you bill out because it accumulated $200.00 on "one push", or does that mean you just bill out $100.00?
    If what I think is true and you would bill out $200.00 what about
    one snowfall was 5.8" would you bill out only $400.00 or would you round off because over .5 to bill out $600.00.
    Could someone answer my dumb question?
    First time on site
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013
  2. watatrp

    watatrp Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    My rates go up as the depth of snow goes up.
    For example:
    $40 for snowfall from 2" to 8"
    $60 for snowfall from 8" to 16"
    $80 for snowfall from 16" to 24"

    My accounts are residential and smaller commercial. I've found that my rates of 1.5 and 2 times the initial rate are pretty close to the amount of time I spend for those amounts of snow.
  3. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    FYI...don't have the same inch total in your quotes twice.........I would do it this way as it avoids confusion when invoicing...

    $40 for snowfall from 2" to 7.9"
    $60 for snowfall from 8" to 15.9"
    $80 for snowfall from 16" to 24"
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    The trigger is just that. A point where you can do the plowing. It does not mean you charge the amount to plow the lot per every 2 inches. Some will want it cleared after it's done snowing. Others (commercial retail and more) will need it done at the 2 inch trigger. So every time you have to plow the lot it needs to have snowed 2 inches before you can get started. In the event that it only drops a dusting of snow then you'd leave it.

    I have 2 private "roads" (yes roads not driveways) with 11 homes on them. They both wind up on top a mountain. No guide rails and it's as steep as they come. I've been given full reins to keep them open at all times during the winter. Yep, a bunch of doctors in multi million $ homes. There's no trigger at all. If it's calling for 6in of snow, I'll be there at minimum 2 times to plow AND salt. When I bill them out, the income is over $300hr on average. Then I do 8 of the 11 driveways! I basically babysit the roads since they HAVE to get down the mountain and to the hospital at a moments notice. They all have my number in case they need out in the middle of the night.