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Variable pricing according to snow type.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DFLS, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. DFLS

    DFLS Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    Everyone has their own method for charging. Be it per push, base it on how many inches, whatever. If you are seasonal then this does not apply to you. Question is if there is one storm with 4 inches of nice powder and another storm with 4 inches of sleet / freezing rain mix (the real dense packed hard on top stuff) , do you charge them both at the 4 " rate or have some sort of clause to charge extra if the removal is difficult? And if you do charge extra how much extra?
    Remember that 4 inches of powder is the water equivalent of less than .01" and the 4 inches sleet is closer to water equivalent of over 1". If the storm that produced the 4 inches of sleet was all fluffy snow it would translate to over a foot of snow.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2008
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    The law of averages works out in the end.
  3. jbrow1

    jbrow1 Member
    Messages: 76

  4. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    4" is 4" regardle3ss of what type it is. If you charge differently then you are no better than a scam artist. You are ripping the person off regardless. IMO But I think you will see that majority agree.
  5. rjfetz1

    rjfetz1 Senior Member
    from CT.
    Messages: 640

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  6. DFLS

    DFLS Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    Hey it works for me I never advertise, all customers word of mouth, every storm brings more calls from people who got my number from one of my current customers begging me to put me on their list and I have to say no. On Dec. 13, 2007 my wife was home and took 6 such calls. I did 1 on my route and the other 5 at the end of my route( a good 12 hours after the snow stopped) and charged them full price for 12" snow because she could not say no to them.

    On the bottom of all my letterheads:

    PLEASE NOTE that cars in driveway that are not normally there may increase the plowing fee. Plowing fee may be pro-rated when less than 3” snow is plowed to a lesser fee as well as increased for plowing of extremely wet heavy snow / sleet / ice, especially if there is a sidewalk. When snow piles become too large and there is no room for more snow they may need to be removed with a tractor or backhoe for a nominal fee. For official snow totals see: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/snow-info2.shtml or http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/fcsts/BOSPNSBOX.html.

    To avoid FINANCE CHARGES, the “TOTAL DUE” must be postmarked within 20 days of the invoice/statement date. The FINANCE CHARGE is computed by a periodic rate of 1½% per month, which is an ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE of 18% and is applied to the unpaid balance due. (MINIMUM CHARGE $0.50) AFTER THIRTY DAYS WITHOUT PAYMENT, PLOWING SERVICES MAY DISCONTINUE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. A service charge of $15.00 will be charged on any check(s) not honored. All collection, court costs, and reasonable attorney fees will be added to the account.

    NO angry calls about excessive charges from any customers, and many write "Thanks, David" on the check memo.

    In my customers eyes I am the plow king.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  7. DFLS

    DFLS Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    This just occurred to me. I did not mention in my post that on the larger storms most customers get plowed during the storm driveway only and then another trip to replow and shovel. I can blast through my route[​IMG], make it possible for them to get out(even if they can't make it up the street at that point), and then circle back to clean up. If the street still wasn't clean on my cleanup run a return trip is in order to clean the town supplied snowbank at the end of the drive. And some give me a little extra to make the mailbox accessible as well as the fire hydrant. They love me.[​IMG] Oh I shovel 2 decks also, usually day after a large snowfall or after a few small ones.
  8. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Snow is Snow. We get paid per push so it doesn't matter if it is wet or fluffy
  9. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    I'd have to agree that the law of averages evens things out. We've had about 8-9 events this season so far and I'd would say that yes, 1/2 of them where very light and powdery, but the rest where wet, and heavy!:nod:
  10. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Agreed. We get the same for all types of snow, but most of the time it works out in the end.