Residential Estimate for Snow Blowing / Shoveling - Help

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Steven Williams, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Steven Williams

    Steven Williams Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello All,

    Recent Full time Landscape business owner. This would be our first season where we would be able to offer Snow Blowing / Shoveling to our residential customers.

    I would say our average SQFT on a driveway, 2 wide Drive way is about 600 SQFT.

    Any formulas or ideas you guys offer for that?

    We wanted to break down a price sheet for something like this.

    1-6 Inches
    6-12
    12+

    etc

    Thanks all!
     
  2. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster PlowSite Veteran
    from 406
    Messages: 3,576

    How much snow can you clear in an hour and how much do you need to make per hour to be profitable ?
    And there’s the price you need to charge .

    In your breakdown ,3 to 6 and 6 to 12 categories if your client gets 6 inches of snow which Category do you change for the 3 to 6 or the 6 to 12.?
    We do all of our work on a set seasonal price,
    With a storm clause.
    This does Away with the eventual argument with a customer over how much snow actually fell

    I have a question ,if you’re in the landscape business don’t you have any pick up trucks? put a plow on them they will be more profitable that way Instead of being used to pull a trailer to haul the snowblower around with.
     
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  3. OP
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    Steven Williams

    Steven Williams Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Yea, we have trucks. Would probably make the most sense to get a plow. But the snow here in NY, in my area is so iffy. I didn't want to waste 5k on a plow and nothing happened. Wanted to slowly come into this side of the business. But I see where you're coming from.
     
  4. Avalanche 2500

    Avalanche 2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Welcome, Steve like ^ Hydro said u have trucks but most all u have customers. Put a plow on a truck used/new, and use your sweet charm! Although snow helps. Search p/s sites in your area for $$. Good Luck :plowblue: :drinkup:
     
  5. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,192

    have a compact tractor??, put a blower on it
     
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 24,683

    Small driveways it doesn't make sense unless it's a subdivision or neighborhood where you have the majority of property's. You'd spent more time loading/unloading than blowing. From what was described single stage for lessor accumulations and 2 stage for heavier accumulations would be my choice if I didn't want to invest in a plow to start with.