Pricing Driveways

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  1. Ken

    Ken LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I'm new to the board and need your opinions. I've been doing snow removal for a few years. In my neck of the woods, we haven't had much snow.

    I have several contracts and am a one man operation. I'm trying to cut down on my contracts by raising my prices. I use a Deere 455 garden tractor with a 54" blade and a Deere 1032 snowblower. My mininum fee for a standard driveway is $25. What is the average price in your neck of the woods for a standard driveway? How high could I raise my prices before people think I was crazy. I want to raise my prices without upsetting a good customer.

    Whats your opinion and also what the valve of my Deere 1032 mint late model snowblower.
  2. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,488

    Keep raising your price until you start to lose people. Then you'll know where the threshold is for your market. You may be incredibly surprised where that line is.
  3. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 702

    Ditto as to what John said,as for your blower I have one and it is the biggest pile of crap I have ever owned.This is the machine that changed my whole view of "quality" snow blowers,so I guess its value depends on who you talk to.If I didn't finally have mine so it didn't break down or literaly fall apart ever snow I'd be giving mine away.
  4. iowastorm

    iowastorm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 370

    I agree too. We won't drop our plows (or snowblowers) for anything under $50 this year. If people will pay for it and are happy with our service, then it's great for both of us.
    BTW: Digger, please stop using that vulgar language. Didn't you read the post concerning proper forum behavior. We're going to have to put you on double secret probation!
  5. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    The going min, in maine is around $ 25.00. For a paved drive about 16' wide, and 75' long.

  6. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Wow Geoff, that's the minimum we get for a 16' x 16' driveway! As a minimum here, it's about $10 for each car that fits in the driveway. So a "4 car" driveway would be a min. of $40. The walk to the front door is included if it isn't unusually long.

  7. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    Well chuck, we get a little bit more snow up in the northeast corner. So i think it evens out, over all. That and most of my drives are a lot bigger, and a lot more money.

  8. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    If I could get $25 for a 16'x75' driveway, I'd be RICH!

    If they're close enough, I'm happy to do a drive like that for $6.

    ($6 x 40 = $240/hour)

    Actually, I can properly plow a 16'x75' driveway in 35 seconds without travel time and almost regardless of snow amount. (8" or less)
  9. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Damn Karl-Quit bull$hitting us buddy.

  10. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    In answer to your question Ken, going rate around here is $25-$40. We used to charge $25, now we charge $40. Our scenario is different from yours, in that we use plow trucks, so we target commercial lots for plowing and only consider driveways as "grocery money". $40 is steep for a lot of people, and if we only did residential driveways we would not charge that much. We'd probably charge $30 (no shoveling of walks though).

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