billing recommendations for residential drives

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J Berry

LawnSite Member
Location
nh
This will be my first season out.
I was wondering which is the prefered method of billing
for reidential driveways. I hope to get around 8 or so
and maybe 1 private road right by my house.
One local guy said he billed every 4 storms, is this a
good idea or should I bill on every event.

any info would be appreciated

Thanks~~
 

John Allin

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Erie, PA
My opinion:

If you're charging per time, bill as often as possible with a Net 10 Day payment cycle. Cash flow is very important.

If you're charging per season, get all your dough up front. You'll need the money to survive, pay bills, pay for gas - etc. If it's a mild winter, residentials balk at paying that last "installment" if you let them pay over several months.
 

iowastorm

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
When I was younger and did all driveways, I used the hand method. That's knock on the door and stick my hand out and asked the customer to pay me for services rendered. Nice if you can get away with it. Give some thought to pre-printing some invoices off your computer and then hand-write them in and give them to your customers upon completion of the work. If you don't have alot of money to float cash flow; get paid as soon as possible.
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
You do them by the season and get paid by Nov. 15th.

I've seen some guys offer a split payment Nov. 15th and Jan 1st.

If you DO charge per time, bill early and bill often.
 

Snow Pro

LawnSite Member
Location
Hammond, Indiana
A lot of it depends on the prescedent set by your competitors. When we were doing residential (which we don't do anymore because it got to be too much hassal), we were getting the full season's payment up front. If they didn't want that, we didn't want them. Cash(flow)is king!
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
If all you plan to do is eight drives just keep it simple and collect at time of service.
 

Snow Pro

LawnSite Member
Location
Hammond, Indiana
We have it written into our contracts that we bill after each snow occurance except if there's more in the forecast. Then we might lump 2 or 3 together. With 8 it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to do all the billings. I'm talking about over 100 accounts.
 

landscaper3

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Southern, Maine
Our company has been plowing commercial and residential accounts for over 6 years and we do all our maintenance summer and winter on a monthly plan. For our residential accounts up to 30 we charge say like $30per storm and over 8" will be $45.00. We also send them a contract that they will sign and mail back stating costs per storm and sanding charges. Also we put in there we are not responsable for loose or broken pavement from winter maintenance (you could be in for a big headache) if you dont add that WE LEARNED YEARS AGO!!!
 
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