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Plow residential accounts for profit

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by tcdodge5000, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. tcdodge5000

    tcdodge5000 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I am a lanscape contractor who is considering plowing residential accounts like driveways and sidewalks. But with the recession hovering I am wondering if it is a good idea to do so. My idea would be to plow homes and price them by the job and by priority with a half and half payment structure for spur of the moment customers, and retainers for prescheduled customers base on priority with credit and cash payments up front. what are your thoughts on this kind of service?
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I plow resi for profit.

    So you want to charge more for a 6:30 plowing than a 7:30 plowing?
  3. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    My rule of thumb with plowing has always been to keep things as routine as possible. Tight routes, seasonal contracts, and keeping all residentals on the same schedule and expectations helps us a lot. Plowing is tough enough, my advice is to try not to complicate it. Good luck
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    why would you plow and not make a profit?????
    we charge per push amd it is the same amount each time
  5. Division

    Division Member
    Messages: 41

    When plowing residentials, set up a route from where your starting ie your shop etc.... Dont make priority pricing, unless someone specifically wants to be done a certain time. If that be the case then try and schedule them in the route so it fits for you. Have 2 prices one for small drives and one for big drives. Keep it simple. plowing is hard enough!
  6. z_scapes

    z_scapes Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Set your prices for a small drive and for a big drive and go with it, no priority on the customers part. you need to plan your route according to whats convienient and not whos willing to pay more. This works for resi, not so much for comm.
  7. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I agree with the point a few others have said. Don't do priority pricing, then you will be running back and forth and in turn be making less then you would if you just priced them for how long it will take you at each house.
  8. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    You starting this for this winter ?