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Plowing over - Now Property Management, advice needed

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by dmjr77, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    Well......It looks another plowing season has come and gone. I had a super year this year. Now that I am now trying to clean up account balances, I had a plow customer of mine approach me the last storm and ask me about my property managment business. He lives out of state and does not have the time to run up here all the time. He wants me to supervise/oversee some projects that he is going to have going on this spring and summer. The problem I am trying to figure out is what to charge him for a service call and any additonal labor/time I am going to have into supervising/overseeing the projects. I currently have a flat fee for when I go check a home for heat/security check and I chagre $30 per visit. Now with the price of fuel going through the roof I am now in a bit of a crossroads. I am thinking about doing the following:

    $40.00 - Serivce Call & 1 Hours worth Labor
    $25.00 - Per hour for any additional Labor on top of the miniumum

    Does any one have any suggestions/questions/comments? I am trying to be fair with my customer and yet I dont want to be loosing money on my labor and vehicle usage.

    Thank You!

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    Sounds Reasonable To Me
  3. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Don I think your $25.00 a hour labor may be to low. If you take your 40.00 for your Service Call and one hour labor you are only charging $15.00 a hour labor for that first hour. Of course you can only get what the market will bear, but IMOP I would think you should be in the $30.00-$40.00 hr range.

    Good Luck Mike