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Holiday surcharge?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Laszlo Almasi, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Out of curiosity, how do you guys do billing charges on holidays? Let’s say Christmas day or the like. I'm not concerned with New Years Day or Valentine’s Day (although my lady might object to missing the latter) but the major holidays was my question. Just looking for a little input from you guys.
  2. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Are your services worth more on holidays??

  3. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    It is winter.

    It snows.

    You plow it.

    Doesn't matter what day of the week or holiday.

    End of story.

    Pass the salt Toby.
  4. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    Holiday surcharge!?! Seriously, I'm just happy to plow. Pick another day to celebrate your holiday. Working holidays really sucks but I'd rather work than not.
  5. pongow26

    pongow26 Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Consider it like this, if you charge extra to plow on holidays and there are many others that dont charge for holidays, chances are your customers will go find the ones that dont charge extra so its really a question of what others are charging in your area. Make some calls and act like a customer to find out
  6. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I think that's kinda an under the table thing. I mean, it comes with the territory. We get plenty of other days off in the winter. Last winter I was on vacation with the fam over Christmas, but had to fly back early. Yea it kinda sucked, but the money was nice!
  7. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Easy on the Popcorn Crete...You starting to Bulk up with all the popcorn you have been eating lately.....:nod:

    Surcharge.....Cant even get the customer to pay you the True Value of the services we perform...Tack on a surcharge...They will tell you to hit the road...:eek:
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    How much more @ hour then normal do you think everybody else working on Christmas day is working? Particularly the guys driving the state, county, township, city, etc, trucks
  9. MarksTLC

    MarksTLC Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    No extra charge for holidays from me. If it's snowing, I'm working and I'm glad to be doing it.
  10. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    My Brother drives for the County....Christmas Day-New Years Day = Double Time.....
  11. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    Last year we didn't call the guys in and several of my family pitched in to knock out some apartment walks before opening gifts.
    It's not always about the $$, we enjoyed our day much more knowing all those people could get out safely.
  12. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Plus, at least the lots aren't full of cars on christmas morning!!!!!!
    it's like a free bonus.

    holiday bonus? :laughing:
    Are you employed by the government????????????
  13. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Everyday is the same price for me, but I do pay a tidy little bonus to employees on the holidays. Less money in my pocket on those days, but I feel better knowing they make a little extra since I am dragging them away from family time.

    PLOWTRUCK Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    This is why governments are broke!!!!!!!!
  15. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    Ok, to take this post serious: Agreed, it's winter and snows, you plow.... But I will some years give the guys a little bonus on christmas. My bonus is that the commercial lots are empty and easy to deal with.
  16. acornish

    acornish Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    ok my 2 cents worth here im just a one man show-- if i charged extra , everybody would tell me take a hike, Ive had a few good customers in the past who through in a little extra just because i did show up on a holiday--- like said before the DOT boys here get double time
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    What are you guys plowing that has to be done on Christmas?
  18. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    resi's, apartments, restaurants (some), grocery stores (open here partial day) industrial places that are open 7 days a week, running 2 or 3 shifts, movie theatres
    I've gotten hit two thanksgivings and a Christmas eve day.
    Christmas eve day sucked!!!!!!!!!!! everyone is everywhere, in a short temper (love that Christmas spirit:rolleyes:) and cars are everywhere.
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We plow a Chinese Mall and it's open 365 days a year and Christmas day is it's busiest day of the year. Also chinese food restaurants, video stores, convienence stores and a few drug stores are open. I prey it doesn't snow on xmas because alot of our guys are away visiting family. I'd prefer if it doesn't snow on New Years either.

    PLOWTRUCK Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Dunkin Donuts never closes!!