Question on snow removal for residentials?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Dunn's, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey I have a question when you guys do snow removal for residentials. If say your price is $30.00 for the first 6" of snow what do you do if there is ice underneath the snow? Do you charge more or do you just waste the 2 to 3 hours breaking all of the ice up and work for no profit? We ask because we are in the St. Louis area and some of you may know that we got about 5" of ice and about 2" of snow. Being that they are residential, there is no way that most of them would agree to paying $60-$100for the snow and ice removal. What we have done is told them, sorry there is nothing that we can do unless they are willing to pay the additional amount to cover increased labor expenses. What does everyone think about this issue and have you dealt with it before? Thanks in advance for all replies.
     
  2. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    have you posted this on www.plowsite.com?

    may get some additional assistance there with your question.
     
  3. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Since they are a sister website. Do I have to re register to put in the question or can I just use my login id from here?
     
  4. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    you would still need to register there also...although a sister site, it is still it's own site
     
  5. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think I will just hope for answers on her being as we do not plow or ever plan on plowing. I have looked over their site and that is pretty much all it is we use john deere 826's snow blowers that quickly work through any snow fall and some ice fall just not when it is five inches worth. We also use smaller ariens blowers for the porches and walk to porch. So I am looking for advice from those who use similar methods of snow removal. If we had plows their would be no problem getting through a little ice. But thank you for the advice micheal!
     
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Actually, the plows will slide right over the ice if you don't have a spot broken through first. If there is ice, I put deicer down after plowing to help melt it so there isn't much left when the sun hits. If customers are home when I do this I let them know so I don't get a phone call a couple hours later wondering why there is still ice on the ground.
     
  7. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We can't be the only lawn service that uses snow blowers/throwers on here. Come on guys need your oppinions here.
     
  8. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Charge them for plowing and then charge them extra to lay down salt to get rid of the ice.
     
  9. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    thats what i was going to say
     
  10. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    might as well charge for it, you had to pay for it.
     

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