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How to charge driveways?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by jg244888, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    How do you charge driveways on a seasonal contract, monthly, two payments nov 1st jan 1 what do you do? thanks
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I did 1/3 at signing 1/3 Jan 1st 1/3 on Mar. 1st.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Monthly and on a per-push basis.
  4. TonawandaNY

    TonawandaNY Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    I offer all 3.

    Pay in full due October 1
    Pay in Half due October 1 and Jan1
    Pay by month in 5 payments starting Oct 1

    I like getting the money 30 days in advance.... I have alot of retired folks in my area
  5. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    All my residentials are per time except on old gent that lives in my former neighbourhood. Dont want a residential customer demanding I break off from a better paying commercial lot to plow out the drive.
  6. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    monthly contracts have always worked out best for residences
  7. Exact Services

    Exact Services Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    This year - I'm going to offer a slight discount for the entire snow season if they pay in full by Nov 15th in total. I like the payment divided into thirds however I have reservations about having it monthly since snow tends to be light in March in my area but snow coverage is still needed. No one cancelled in March but I sweated a little on it.
  8. piperpm

    piperpm Member
    Messages: 39

    I'm dealing with the same issue right now of per-push vs. seasonal contract. Most of my customers (all within 5 min drive) that have signed up are per-push and minimum is $20 (keep in mind this is a side-biz) but I have one guy looking for a seasonal quote... so I factored 20-22 visits and quoted $400 for the season and he's coming back saying he was getting a season for $250 all-in near Ottawa!... I'm not going to play into the low-baller game...
  9. nate456789

    nate456789 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 194

    We do per push. I don't think anyone around here would buy into a seasonal contract.
  10. vinny69

    vinny69 Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 25

    I make 90% of my res.sign aggreements Nov1-April 15th I keep some on per push so if i have to go out to many times that 10% pays the extra wages and the 90% is garranteed in the bank.Tried every other way and this is by far the best way.All costumer send monthly post dated cheques for the whole season before i start any clearing.Done it this way for 5 years now.No invoicing all winter and do not have to call any customer for money.
  11. Mick

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

    I said the same thing for years until I offered it to one of my long-time customers. He jumped on it cause he liked being able to budget. Started offering it to others until I had a 50/50 mix.