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Maybe it's the area

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Buddhaman, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Maybe it's just the area, I live in north central Wisconsin. The town has a population of about 8000. I see prices in the $50 dollar range for a typical residential driveway on here. I charge about $20 a driveway, shoveling the walk to the front porch and in front of the garage. Maybe it's just the area or I'm really just too cheap.
  2. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Drives here average $30-$40 per drive. A rather large drive can get you $40 but that is about it.
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    For a small res we charge $35NO sidewalk!! and it better not be far away eather or the price goes up again.
    If they can sweat talk me into doing the sidewalks it will be another $30 to $35 for 15 to 20 ft of walk. I have stopped doing sidewalks, I only do sidewalks at 2 commercial accounts. I don't do them, I bid them high enough to hire a shoveler to do it.
    I can make more money from the drivers seat of the truck, than I can holding a shovel and letting the truck sit.
    I have stopped taking on any more residential accounts than I have now.(only comershal) The only time I will do one that is not on the list is as a favor or a sever Storm hits and I can charge an arm and a leg or two to plow the drive.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2006
  4. Up North

    Up North Senior Member
    Messages: 921

    Most all my rezi's are about $30-45, but no sidewalks at all, I flat out refuse to do them. Our driveways around here typically are pretty long too, not like in a city where most are 50-75ft long. Ours range from 300ft to 1/4 mile, and one problem here is every Tom, Dick & Harry has a plow on their truck so many people get plowed for free or a very small amount of $ as some guys just do it for fun.

    So Buddhaman, it all depends on your area. Last year it was real cheap around here and I had some question my rates, but once they realized that their lot would be open without fail before business opened, they spread the word that I was reliable and worth a few bucks more and actually got referrals.

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2006