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Gas Surcharges this year?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by jpp, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    My letters are going out at the end of the month to all customers. Gas prices are anywhere from 1.99 to 2.39 here in Columbus. Trying to set figures for the surcharges. Just curious if any of you are going to be doing any changes this year? Has anyone heard any numbers they are calling for this summer on gas prices?

  2. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    we are paying $2.49. I wont have a surcharge this year. I had one last year when gas in my area was over 4 bucks.
  3. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    Depending on what happens, the surcharge is a possibility, and everyone knows it
  4. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    No surcharge last year and no plans to implement one this year.
  5. cborden

    cborden LawnSite Member
    from 46140
    Messages: 179

    If gas reaches $2.99 or higher per gallon on day of their cut, I have a 10% surcharge, no one has complained much to my surprise. I budgeted up to $2.95 per gallon.
  6. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    What if gas goes over 4 this year? I am not going to raise their price of their lawn cuts this year. I did that last year and had the surcharge too. This year I am just going with the surcharge.

  7. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    we used them last year...not one complaint:clapping:
  9. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    we applied sur-charges last season, and will do it again this year. percentages based on total monthly bill, charged after 2.50 a gallon.
  10. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 617

    Prices are going up for most everybody as it is. But I am going to ask if it is all right to apply another surcharge just for fuel should it go up to $3.50. Certain clients might be against it, but I am getting my money as it is. But the more reasonable ones, about 90% will say yes, I'm sure. I hate forcing someone into a surcharge. I could risk losing them, and I can't afford that. I only have about 3 i'd like to get rid of, only because of bad locations. I am hoping they all say yes. Again, I don't have written contracts, the verbal ones leave the options for a little flexibility.

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