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Price Differences Snow vs Ice???

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Lawn Care Plus, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. Lawn Care Plus

    Lawn Care Plus Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    How many of you include a price for plowing snow and then a different price for plowing ice?

    It may sound strange, but if you are plowing at a flat rate, and an ice storm hits like it did last year, you will lose your shirt.

    I have one such a deal, and it is a flat rate HOA. All of my other contracts are on a per hour basis.

  2. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i wish i could help answer your Q'

    my large contracts are by the hour +salt +hour's aplieing salt now on some of our small comm. we do a flat rate and i charg the same. i guess i don't have enough flat rater's to make a differance, i have a carpet store that does not want salt on the lot or in the store so we'll take skidsteers and pry the ice up for the same money as snow-plow but the've been a cust. for years
  3. GL&M

    GL&M Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 223

    I gave my customers pricing this year based on the amount of snow we get per storm. I told them extreme conditions, like the snow and ice we got here on Valentines Day would be billed straight hourly at $125.00 per hour. I got shortchanged on a few accounts last year due to the ice we got.
  4. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    No matter what kind of contract, I have to go with straight hourly for ice -it is under your trigger depth in most contracts anyhow. Conditions vary too much as well, a few degrees one way or the other can double your time on the site pretty easily.
  5. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    That is a great point Ryan K. Never occured to me that the ice would be under the trigger depth. 2" of ice would be a little tough to remove.

    :) Customer calling, "When are you going to come remove the ice from my driveway?
    Me, "When it reaches 2" in depth."