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Hourly Rate for Pick Up

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Sartorikid, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Sartorikid

    Sartorikid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I have a small 5000 sq ft lot to do. What is the average hourly rate being charged with a 81/2' plow in the NH area?
  2. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 370

    150. Only you know what you need per hour.
  3. Sartorikid

    Sartorikid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Would you normally charge a minimum of one hour?
  4. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    You need to figure insurance, employees, wear and tare, gas, what you wanna make, and additional charges (PITA factor, do you need to stake it, can the snow only be put in one spot, is there 24/7 traffic, how much you wanna give me for telling you all of this :D )
  5. Sartorikid

    Sartorikid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I am aware of all this. It has been roughly 20 or more years since I last did commercial plowing and was just wondering what the average hourly rate is.
  6. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Well if you plowed before you must understand what to charge is based off of YOUR costs and YOUR profit margins (not what the average is).... That said your profit margins will probably be smaller then it was 20 years ago.... yes I said smaller.....:mad:
  7. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    So if the average for your area is $10 below what you need to make per hour are you going to only charge the average and lose money?
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    About 50 bucks to plow it. Do you plan on bring a lunch there, won't take long.
  9. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Are you asking for the hourly to charge them? or the average hourly rate to charge/expect as a sub?
  10. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    No one ever wants to give a straight answer, except for gv
  11. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I'm with Grandview. $50 for 15 minutes, move on. Gotta have a minimum. Hourly...I like to quote $125/hr w/ a blizzard 8611. End up more like $150/hr production. There I said it. The almighty secretive pricing strategy is out of the bag. Now we're all going under.
  12. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Theres not a "one size fits all" in our biz

    What if this account is 30 minutes from his nearest account?... 30 minutes too, 30 minutes back and 15 minutes to do the lot....1:15 minutes for $50? Im sure you get my point payup
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Don't take it then,You should not be more then 5 minutes between jobs.That is where you lose money and would you tell someone your charging an hour of labor to get to, and to the next account? Anything under an hour should be billed per plow or seasonal.