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Ok need advice

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TurfKing360, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. TurfKing360

    TurfKing360 Member
    Messages: 67

    I have a freind of one of are best and biggest commercial clients that needs his personal driveway done. Now we only do commercial work but since no other company can seem to do this driveway we have been asked to plow it. Now I already agreed to plow it but I don't know how I should price it. How do you price a 7 acre driveway yes thats right I said seven acres of a residentail driveway. Do I price it like its commercial or should I price it some other way
  2. nor'easter1

    nor'easter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I would put it in the "blend" it in with the price of the commercial lot you do. if that is not an option for you this year then tell him you will do it for free if he signs off on a multi year deal where you can slide the pricing into it and be covered. Some people will call this un ethical i call it job security i'll take the latter!
  3. TurfKing360

    TurfKing360 Member
    Messages: 67

    no its the friend of the commercial client that has this driveway so no commercial lot to attach it to or I would have done that no problem. I just am not sure commercial pricing is the same as resi. but considering no one else can seem to do this drive or has the right equip to do so I just want to be fair and not cause problems between my client who recommended us and his friend
  4. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    How is it 7 acres. How long by how wide? Gotta get a clearer picture of what you got going on here.
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I think it depends on what he expects to pay if he's a "really good" friend of your best customer. I'm DEFINITELY not saying do it at a loss, but tread lightly. On the flip of the coin, if they can afford a property with a 7 acre driveway they probably won't sneeze at a 7-8-9 hundred dollar plow bill......
  6. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I would tell the guy what your hourly rate is. Then tell him that you will do it at a 40% discount off the hourly rate for the first time in order for you to get acquanted with the driveway. Then you can give him a accurate figure on how much the driveway will cost based on how much snow is on it. Tell him the 40% deal only applies if you are given the contract for the rest of the season, sign here.
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    This was my first thought.
  8. pmorrissette

    pmorrissette Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Holy cow ! 7 acres ?

    That would make it a private road, not a driveway. An acre is historically 66' wide by 660' long. For argument sake, lets say the "drive" is 33' wide, then it's length would be 9240'. A mile is 5280', so this "drive" would be about 1.75 miles long.

    Cool Job to do !
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    why is no one doing it this year would be my first question
    too cheap? too picky? PITA to plow?
  10. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    FIRST OFF,I NEVER HAVE HEARD SOMEONE DESCRIBE DRIVEWAY LENGTH IN ACRES.Probably that's because it's simply incorrect.An acre describes a square foot size of a parcel.What the OP probably meant to say is that this guy lives on a 7 acre lot,which doesn't tell us spit how long and wide the driveway is.In theory,it could very easily be 50'x 12'.
  11. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Will we ever find out?:confused:
  12. TurfKing360

    TurfKing360 Member
    Messages: 67

    Ok lets face it yes the guy obvipusly has money no question there. Yes the guy is probably picky. the drive is probably 30 wide by close to half mile long has huge turn around and parking by the house then a short drive maybe 60 x 150 to garages then about a 20 wide by 600-700 drive to back yard and shed/barn and parking area along the side of the barn. I was going on what the guy told me this morning. He said 7 acres it more like 2-3 acres of concrete. Must be to challanging for the other plowers but I built this company on taking the pita clients. I bs'd with him to day threw some numbers around and he accepted and signed. should do good on this. thanks everyone for your help
  13. SMLCAT

    SMLCAT Member
    Messages: 85

    Take some pics and let us know how big it really turns out to be.

    We have some houses around here with large driveways as well....