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Northeast Snow

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tadpole, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Forgive me for intruding on your forum. I am usually over at the Pond forum, but all of the huge snowfalls that you guys have had raised a question in my mind.

    I know that many, if not all, of you perform snow removal services. And I assume that most of it is on an annual contract basis. My question is how you are handling the extra work financially. Has the additional costs put a major dent in the bottom line and are you going to renegotiate your contracts to provide better fiscal protection in the future?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    The thing about snow is who gets screwed. Either you do when there is no snow in a winter, or your customers do when there is.

    I charge per push, or per occurrence. This way everyone wins. I pulled a bigger parking lot this year and instead of charging per season, I gave them a high and low for the year, asked what they had to spend for the season, and set up the contract to charge per occurrence.

    If I would have had to do the job for a seasonal price, then I would have been out at least 3K. So they get the service and I'm not out money and in a position to keep the contract for next year.
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    We got back into snow work this year.

    LOL - I drove around and found commercial properties that appeared to have received crappy service and I called them and said "I see your lot is in really bad shape, would you be interested in having us come in and clean it up?"

    Home Run! I landed a few snow contracts!

    Performed for a decent hourly rate via skid steers. So no trucks with overheated transmission, bent frames, body panel damage, etc!


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