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Seasonal Contract?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by lawncarebycurt, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. lawncarebycurt

    lawncarebycurt Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    I am new to plowing. I have a truck, plow, 3 snowblowers.

    A small business wants a seasonal contract. I said fine.

    60 Per visit (x10 visits?) = $600 a season (2 - 4") of snow

    My question is this: What do I do when the snow fall is greater? Am I allowed to bill her more for the additional snow even though we have a contract?

    Thank you
  2. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    What would you do if we got less snow? Pocket the money right!! I don't think 10 visits are enough, typically we have more events then that in southeast mich. You have to take the average number of snowfalls or plowing events, maybe pad it a little for insurance and go with that. If its a really hard winter you loose, if its a normal or light winter you win.
  3. lawncarebycurt

    lawncarebycurt Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Would 15 snow events be more realistic?
  4. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    Everyones number of events will be different. Do a little research on how many times you got more then an inch or 2 of snow. Also keep in mind that this is a business and if you get 6 to 8 inches during the day you will need to plow more then once.
  5. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,908

    Get your average snowfall history, and divide it by your trigger amount, multiply by per push price and there's your number.

    I agree, 10 events anywhere in MI I think is too low. We do more than that here in OH.
  6. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    No, even with a 2-4" trigger, you could do that in a month. If its your first time plowing this lot, see if they will do a per push, or hourly. Its a little more paper work on your end, but at least you would be covered if it turns out to be a bad winter. On the other hand, if its a light winter, you wont make much money. It doesn't seem like seasonal contracts are real big here in west MI, except for your bigger box stores. I am all per push, and it doesn't hurt my feelings if it doesn't snow, espically after last year...