Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

plow estimate?


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-11-2009, 02:40 AM
pointdexx
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Question plow estimate?

So im going to be plowing this winter for the first time with my own truck. I don't know how much money to charge, as per size of lots and streets-paved/unpaved . People around here like to have a flat push rate, at 2inch. I don't want to over/under my time. Please help! I need to be offering free estimates, with a firm logical price.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-11-2009, 09:55 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 7
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by pointdexx View Post
So im going to be plowing this winter for the first time with my own truck. I don't know how much money to charge, as per size of lots and streets-paved/unpaved . People around here like to have a flat push rate, at 2inch. I don't want to over/under my time. Please help! I need to be offering free estimates, with a firm logical price.
I only have 4 plowing accounts and they are all estate sized homes (they are my lawn care customers). Average drive way is 15' wide by 150' long. My starting rate for that size is $40.00.
If I were you I would call some contractors in your area for estimates. That is the only true way to gage what the going price is in your area.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-11-2009, 06:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,495
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
My starting rate for that size is $40.00.
What does this price include? Plowing and sidewalk clearing?

How long does it take to do?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-12-2009, 12:43 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 7
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What does this price include? Plowing and sidewalk clearing?

How long does it take to do?
It does include side walk clearing from the drive to the front door. I have a Toro paddle type snow blower in the back of the truck. They work awesome.
That job will take about 20-25 minutes total depending on how much snow.
If they request rear walk and patio clearing it will cost them another 15 bucks.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-12-2009, 07:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,495
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How many residential customers do you feel you could service as a solo operator?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-21-2009, 08:06 PM
nozzlehead's Avatar
nozzlehead nozzlehead is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 7
nozzlehead is on a distinguished road
Default

Ok, assuming you have plowed in the past as you mention you're plowing with your own truck, you should have an idea how long it will take you to clear a lot or driveway. Find out what the going rate for plowing is in your area. For example: if going rate is $60 an hour & you think a lot will take 30 minutes for an empty lot, the base charge is $30. With people wanting to save money these days, I always break my pricing down. XX amount for plowing, XX amount for sidewalks, XX amount for ice melt. My customers like this. Some will want me to just plow & have their employee's clear walks & de-ice. Others want me to do it all. I have found it gives them the idea they can get it done & still save a little money by doing this or that on their own. Some businesses only want you to plow monday thru friday. With a heavy snowfall, weekend maintenance is a must. Be sure to include this clause in your bid. I have tried to attatch a copy of the contract I use. If it doesn't work send me an email & I'll send it to you to look at.
Attached Files
File Type: doc shared snow plowing.doc (32.0 KB, 4049 views)
__________________
2004 Dodge Ram QC 2500 4x4, 16ft trailer, Cub Cadet Z-Force, Lawn Boy Sliver Pro, Husqvarna 325L & 325R-X trimmers, Husqvarna 268 chain saw, Shindaixw 500 chain saw, Echo back pack blower, Troy Built Pony tiller
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-22-2009, 01:09 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,495
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is a really creative way to submit your bid.

How often do you think customers will go for the bare bones snow plow job versus want you to take care of everything?

Are you ever able to upsell them when they want to go for the cheapest? If so, what do you suggest a snow plow operator say to help increase the dollar value of the sale?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-23-2009, 09:49 AM
nozzlehead's Avatar
nozzlehead nozzlehead is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 7
nozzlehead is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is a really creative way to submit your bid.

How often do you think customers will go for the bare bones snow plow job versus want you to take care of everything?

Are you ever able to upsell them when they want to go for the cheapest? If so, what do you suggest a snow plow operator say to help increase the dollar value of the sale?
Most customer have told me they like the way I break down the pricing & accept the whole package. This way they see what their money is paying for. Say you tell a Mr. B, who has an average sized lot but a big wrap around sidewalk & wants de-icer, it will cost him $50 each snowfall. Now lets say he knows that Mr. X next door to him is only paying $35 & has a bigger lot. You just lost a customer. He doesn't realize Mr. X only has a front door & no sidewalks at all. Business owners usually only think of it as "snowplowing the lot". They don't look at the big picture regardless of the services they want. Now let's say it this way: snow removal of the lot is $30 (less then MR. X, he'll like that), "you have a pretty big sidewalk" snow removal for it will be $15, you also want de-icer that will be $20. Then you tell him "I'll use a broadcast spreader that will cover your sidewalk & a little bit of the parking spaces along the sidewalk. BINGO! He thinks he just got a deal. He's paying less then Mr. X for "snowplowing" and he's getting a larger area de-iced then he had planned. When in reallity, you just got a $65 client!

Now for the ones who want barebones: if you get a customer who still wants barebones, watch them, watch them, watch them. Here's why: if it's a small business they might be doing sidewalks & de-icing themselves. You probably aren't going to change that. But for larger businesses that use the employees for this, you've got a chance. For example: I have a rehab facility who said they'd take care of de-icing. I came back by one morning after I'd plowed their lot & see 2 of the office girls out there in their nice clothes throwing ice melt by hand. After a few snowfalls I stopped in & saw the boss. I told her I saw her girls out there throwing ice melt by hand. Followed with, you know that stuff isn't the greatest thing to get on your hands! I'm sure it doesn't do their clothes any good either. Then I say, you know, if you want I'll still take care of that for the price I quoted you. Then I throw out the "spreader line". Most of the time, I got them. What they don't think you know is, these girls have been chewing their ear off about doing this. But you've been "watching them". Another one I do is this daycare who has a wheelchair ramp. It's about 50-60 feet long. The first year I provided service to them I charged $15 to shovel it. With solid 5ft walls on both sides of it, it was a real pain. The next year they said her girls would take care of that but if it got too deep they would have me do it. I explained that it would be a lot harder when the snow got too deep because of the walls on the sides & that since it was a "as needed" removal it would be $25 instead of the $15 they had paid in the past. She said that was fine. But now I have a snow blower. The first time they called for the ramp I was in & out in about 10 minutes. $25 please! Thank you. Remember, if you're NOT doing it, SOMEBODY else is. Figure out who & use that to your advantage. Good luck!

Also, after my first year of plowing on my own & seeing exactly what my expenses where, I raised my prices the 2nd year & didn't loose a single customer. Good, friendly, service.
__________________
2004 Dodge Ram QC 2500 4x4, 16ft trailer, Cub Cadet Z-Force, Lawn Boy Sliver Pro, Husqvarna 325L & 325R-X trimmers, Husqvarna 268 chain saw, Shindaixw 500 chain saw, Echo back pack blower, Troy Built Pony tiller
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-23-2009, 12:40 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,495
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is great advice! Thank you.

Quote:
Also, after my first year of plowing on my own & seeing exactly what my expenses where, I raised my prices the 2nd year & didn't loose a single customer
This also shows everyone the importance of knowing your overhead costs. This is very important.

Experiment with the snow plow calculators and get an idea of what your costs are.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
snowplow snow plow plowing

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Signs on your snow plow? Steve Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 19 09-09-2014 11:42 AM
GopherHaul Snow Plow Estimate Calculator now available. Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 05-02-2009 04:50 AM
Plow buddy? Steve Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 4 12-03-2008 10:59 PM
SNow plow contracts bkmasterlandscape Graphic Design Discussions 0 10-22-2006 10:55 PM
Snow Plow Logo Pete's Snow Plowing Service General Business Discussions 4 10-29-2003 08:49 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 550
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 06:38 PM
by mattthelawnguy
5 127
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
Yesterday 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,723
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
Yesterday 03:25 PM
Yesterday 06:00 PM
by GreenWorx
1 40
NewVenture
NJDB60
Yesterday 03:38 PM
Yesterday 03:38 PM
by NJDB60
0 31
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
Yesterday 11:36 AM
by Steve
4 146
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
Yesterday 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 201
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
Yesterday 11:27 AM
by googus
8 400
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,194
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,227
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,293
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 145
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 245
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 166
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 176
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,556
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,495
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,305
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 194
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 138
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 309
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,315
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 234
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,080
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 208
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,916
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 2,085
» Popular Tags
accounting advertising apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark blowout bob villa collections contract help curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google hardscapes hiring how to husqvarna hydro increase customers invoicing jobs landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shreaded small engine repair snow plowing solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy