How to charge for snow removal?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by All Season Lawn, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. All Season Lawn

    All Season Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Hey guys,
    I was wondering how you go about charging for snow removal? I realize there are several factors that play into this. Is there a square foot charge or by the minute charge? Obviously it depends on the amount of snow we get too.
    Any help would be great, alot of customers have been asking about it.
     
  2. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    You need to go to Plowsite.com. Same people that run this site run that one too. Really good info there. Do a search on the subject.
     
  3. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    I agree with mojob but here is a quick tide bit

    Most people charge by hour or by sq ft

    Our goal is all of our trucks make at least 100/hr pr hour if we make less we look at circumstances around that. In kansas city the going rate is about 100 dollars per acre that is the baseline we use for our jobs. We will not touch anything for less than 100 dollars period. Sidewalk are $15 per 100 sq ft for large lots again we won't touch a side walk for less than 30 dollars we have seperate crews do sidewalks and parking lots in typical storm most of our trucks make 1200 dollars there subcontract work.

    Hope that helps
     
  4. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 368

    cod,
    Sorry to get off the subject, but how much do you pay to subs for a plow truck a hour, and how much for a salt truck a hour? 450 dumper with a spreader.
    Thanks...:)
     
  5. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    Budget

    We are one of the few companies in the city that pays % of jobs and not by hour so how much they make per hour is up to them but for them it averages out to about 100/hr. Most contractors have close to 1400 dollars per route. We split routes 70(them) 30(us) again we know this is high but in six years of doing this no claims on their trucks two complaints for close to 200 acres of snow removal so we have good subs and we pay well so it works for us.

    Salt works same way we pay them 40% of job but salt is free so we make about 25% of job again I know that it is high but you get the point.
     

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