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What would you guys say?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by bdlawncare, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Okay so this guy called me this morning looking for a snow removal service in the area and asked for an estimate i am going over later today... I was going to say about 50 or 60 for 6" and under anything over 40% increase.?? Sound about right? take a look at the pic and let me know... i know its not the best pic but the driveway only hooks only maybe another 5 feet to the right to the garage. Thanks!

  2. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    $60/per push? There is no way you would get that around here for that price. That is a very simple push. To pushes straight back off the road. Then a little bit of cleanup where it necks around to the garage. That is about a 5-7min push if you got out and shoveled in front of the garage door. Not sure about your market, but I would be about half your price around here.
  3. ss502gmc

    ss502gmc Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    $30 per push is what I would charge for that. I only charge resi's per push as 99% of the time they get too confused when you start throwing around numbers by the inch.
  4. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I would be at $30 for that as well, but yes, charge more for higher snow totals.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    350 for the season.
  6. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    ^ what he said ;-)
  7. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    35 or 40 at most in my area.
  8. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    25 to 30 per/push or 350/400 per season around here
  9. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I would be at $30
  10. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Okay I was talking 50 for the whole job... Not per push... I'm a little confused on this whole per push thing... How many inches do you allow to accumulate before you push if so couldn't a customer just say push every foot and you would only come once... I'm new to this so take it easy it's my first season... Do you set a limit, like you can only allow 6 inches maximum to accumulate before I come plow... But then wouldn't everyone choose the highest amount possible... To drop cost
  11. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    $30 per push or even $40 or $45 for unlimited pushes per storm. Kinda a spin off of seasonal. $350 per season would be good too. That's a sweet driveway to plow. I'd start by windrowing that from right to left.
  12. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Yes okay, 30 per push but how do you know when to come push... Like if that was the way you did it wouldn't that allow customers to manipulate pricing? Do to the inch limits they select.. Or do you say I come every 4 inches an charge 30 per push??
  13. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    Or do you say I come every 4 inches an charge 30 per push??[/QUOTE]

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  14. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Around here most of the drives are done after the snow stops no matter the amount. If the customer wants it cleared before that then they pay a bit extra for a added push during the storm. Set your own trigger because if they say every 4" and you get a couple 2 inch storms you will run into ice pack and ruts and will either take twice as long to plow or never get it down to pavement.
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Well,if you have more then one drive,start at #1 and keep plowing till it stops snowing.Whole job and per push are the same thing.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Maybe you should find a different job if you cant comprehend how to price a tiny little driveway.
  17. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    When I started plowing 31 yrs ago I didn't know how to bid and I didn't have anyone to ask I would have killed for a site like this back then but I guess all the younger people on here just knew every thing about snowplowing before they even started. Glad you have never asked any how to or what do I do questions to to help you give your customer the best service you can offer! If you don't want to help this member you always have the choice not to responed!
  18. odd1or2even

    odd1or2even Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Around my area I'd charge 40 dollars and shovel the snow at the garage doors for a snow storm up to 6-8". I only do verbal agreements with my customers but I've been doing it for a while now and the customers understand. But in the event that we get a larger snow storm, I will "price accordingly" because there is more time to plow and shovel a foot of snow then only six inches.

    Sometimes my customers ask about this and I just remind them about last year and the year before when we had one foot, and the year before we had two feet of snow. At the one foot, I tried to plow twice and I charged them base price times two. If we didn't get to them I still charged them twice. In the event of the two foot storm I think I charged no more then two and a half times the base price.

    Hope that helps... and the more driveways you get, the more of a PITA they become TRUST ME! I started two years ago with two commercial lots, and 100 driveways and got nailed with three 2 foot storms two of them three days apart. And customers call wanting to get out or wondering when you'll be here.... blah blah blah you hear it all. I then went to nine parking lots, with 65 driveways.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    I'm not doubting this is an amazing site for answers.And god knows i have asked my fair share in the past. BUT this kid has asked this question 2 separate times on this forum in 2 separate threads about the same exact thing and still cant figure it out with 2 pages of answers. So maybe he should go find another job.
  20. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Just give a seasonal price and when you/they would like it to be cleared. I think that is the best way. Save your "per push" price for the guy who flags you down on the road.