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Hourly Rate? Or by inch?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Pcupo12, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Pcupo12

    Pcupo12 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Good afternoon. To make a long story short. I have been landscaping for about 5 years now. We have an F250 diesel with a small meyers plow on it. We did mostly residential, and light commercial. We are just charging our commercial accounts $100 an hour, with a minium of 1 hour, and 16$ per bag of salt, spread. I was wondering how many other companies are just charging by the hour, or by the inch. What seems to work better for you guys? -Pete.
  2. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I currently charge by the hour but I would love to move away from it. I would like to go to per storm or a seasonal price.
  3. Pcupo12

    Pcupo12 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I feel the same way. I just picked up an outback restaurant. The GM is my landscaping client. He said the last guy charges by the inch. I just dont see how that can work well for him. I know I get 100$ an hour in my truck. So I pay for fuel and the rest is profit.

    Messages: 30

    Per push, or by the inch works great when you have very efficient equipment. It doesn't pay to buy efficient equipment when charging by the hour-it end up hurting you, unless you can charge a much higher hourly rate to cover it.

    I prefer per push/per inch with a hourly rate it switches to in case of slush/ice/very heavy accumulation to cover my ass......