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Is the price Fair

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by djchiu, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. djchiu

    djchiu Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I'm charging $300 retainer and $14.50 and $50 for heavy snow residential driveways and $50 for parking lots. :salute:
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Without knowing the sizes,or any other details,there is really no way to determine if the prices are fair.They do sound a little low for some things.More info would help.
  3. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    You asked this once before.

    Generally we don't discuss prices here. BUT.

    YOU need to figure out what a job costs YOU. Then add your desired profit margin.

    I don't know of anyone charging a "retainer" Maybe seasonal pricing or one plow a month is a better way to phrase it.

    As for $50 a driveway, sure go plow my parents drive which is 12' wide and 1250' long. You need to think about how long a driveway would take. $50 for a heavy snow? Aren't you going to keep up with storm, can you plow 2' at once? You will probably need to make multiple trips in a "heavy" snow. $50 for the 7' that Buffalo got a couple of winters ago?

    $14.50 an hour for snow shoveling? I won't do it for that and I don't know anyone reliable, mature, responsible and who do it for 8-10 hours for that much. Is that what you are going to charge the customer or is that what you are paying you employees? Are you adding in the 25% for taxes, social security, workmens comp and overhead?

    Just some things to think about.

  4. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    I don't know of any customer that would pay a "retainer". Good for you if you can get it. What do you mean by the $14.50 amount? I've got several parking lots that I charge $600 per plowing, would you do them for $50 for me?