pricing snow removal compared to cutting

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutterj, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. cutterj

    cutterj LawnSite Member
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    For the one of you out there that do snow removal and cutting, is there a correlation between what you charge between the two. For example if you have a $25 a week lawn, for plowwing should it be double, triple, or a certian percentage more??? Just hoping I can find a quick way to quote for the people that are asking for both until I can figure out what the goin rates around here are. This is the first year I'm gonna offer the service. Hopefully i placed this question in the right forum.
     
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Absolutely not...period
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    YES! I charge as much as possable for both services.................period :D
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anything to get that mattress thicker, huh Mac...LOL
     
  5. launboy

    launboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    once again, how much does it cost you plus extra for coldness& all hours service, and maybe a little profit
     
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It depends on yor overhead, the competition, your equipment etc. There is no one answer. do you want to charge a $1 an hr to beat the crap out of a 50 k truck? is plowing for 72 hrs staight with no sleep worth $1.50 an hr? figure your cost and what you need to make for a profit. A pick up truck plowing residentials can make $2 a min. a large truck plowing commercial can make $3 a min. A pick up truck plowing a large commercial can also make very little per hr. So there is no correlation.
     
  7. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just figure what your time is worth, and add in your overhead expenses. Figure what you want to get "per push" say you start plowing the minuet there is 3" on the ground on a lot. You will clear the lot 3 times in a 9 or 10" storm. For residentials you might just have to wait until all of the snow has fallen.
     
  8. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
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    No would be a huge understatement.

    I disagree with this. You need to find out an example of going rates in your area and find out what your market will bear. Snow removal is not for everybody. By finding out these numbers you will not leave any money on the table so to speak.

    Scott
     
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
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    yup, have to totally agree
     

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