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How do you charge for sanding?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Makndust, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I am getting a new speedcaster2 in the next week. All my clients say that they would like sand not salt. I can buy silica sand (dry) for $7.00 per 100 lb bag, or pit sand (wet) for $1.65 per 60lb bag. I thought that I would charge $21.00 per 100 for the silica that I spread and $30.00 for the pickup to pull onto the lot to spread it. I have no heated storage for the pickup so I don't think that the wet sand will work. Or mabey I could mix the silica and the pit sand to drop the price a little. How do you guys charge? Give me some ideas.

    Thanks guys.
  2. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Sand makes a big mess IMO but I guess you need to apply whatever the customer wants.

    I charge a flat rate just to offer salt to a residential ($20.00 just to do it for a 1000sqft drive), then double the price of each bag for application.. I get my salt for $3.49 per bag

    So a 25x50 driveway would be

    $20.00 + $6.98= $26.98 + tax
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I was trying to figure what you meant by charging $30 for the truck to pull it until I finally put myself in the customer's place. I'd say "Don't bring the truck". Now how are you going to get it there?

    I think you'd be a whole lot better off with a sand/salt mix.
  4. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I figured that if I charged to go back and sand after they called then it would get more people to have me sand as soon as I was done pushing snow off of their account while I was there. No ones seems to want salt. If they do how do I find a sand/salt mix that is bagged? I guess I could mix fine conditioner salt with the sand. I have no way to handle bulk material, that is why I am messing with the bagged stuff.