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.

Need help with snow removal rates.


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 11-03-2011, 03:29 AM
MrPlow2011 MrPlow2011 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 4
MrPlow2011 is on a distinguished road
Question Need help with snow removal rates.

Hello,

I'm a 27 yr student who is looking to make some extra cash during the winter and though I would start with residential snow removal. Would should i charge for my self plow a residential sidewalk and drive way?

My tools are

Snow plow 24'
Shovels
And the widow makers

hr rate?
piece work?

Thanks ahead of time
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 11-03-2011, 04:39 AM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 6
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Just to clarify you have a 24 foot snow plow or is it a 24 inch snow blower? If its a snow blower is it a single or dual stage? What state are you in? I would go with an hourly rate. You say 40 an hour you estimate it's a half hour job so you charge a lil more planning for an oops $25. That's my theory.
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-03-2011, 06:19 AM
RSE RSE is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 5
RSE is on a distinguished road
Default

That gang of ten kids with shovels on a winter school cancelled day will crush you. Their sweet faces and ten bucks an hour will land them the work. You must make plans with the homeowner before the snow flies. Look for potential threats that could damage your equipment or their personal property. Figure out berforehand where to toss the snow and what it maybe like 15 storms from now. These are the things you have to go about before you enter the realm of snow removal.
But you can make some money...Get yourself a roof rake, a push behind salt spreader and ice melt. Most important, do a good job. Neighbors get envy and will approach you. Now you are pro and will command $40. per driveway/household. Good Luck!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-03-2011, 11:03 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
That gang of ten kids with shovels on a winter school cancelled day will crush you. Their sweet faces and ten bucks an hour will land them the work. You must make plans with the homeowner before the snow flies.
Do you suggest trying to get the homeowners locked into a snow removal contract? Or what do you feel is the best way to combat a situation like you explained with the local kids going around offering to remove snow?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 11-03-2011, 06:48 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

I don't know where you find kids willing to get off their a$$es these days.

When I went door to door last winter handing out my business info, you wouldn't believe how many people said "Great! It used to be that kids came around when it snowed, but that doesn't happen any more!"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-03-2011, 07:56 PM
Martywdx Martywdx is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Iowa
Age: 57
Posts: 94
Rep Power: 5
Martywdx is on a distinguished road
Default

My customers wouldn't hire "That gang of ten kids with shovels". My clients want reliably. The gang of ten wouldn't be there with a 1 2 or 3 inch plus snow fall if school isn't cancelled. My clients are older or "snow birds" and want the assurance that their walks are cleared per city law, and that they can easily get out of their garage for the weekly bridge game or daily errors. I get 15 -20 per snow event, more if its a monster storm.

Bottom line be there when it snows or don't do it...

Last edited by Martywdx; 11-03-2011 at 08:02 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-03-2011, 08:18 PM
mschlotter mschlotter is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 4
mschlotter is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
I don't know where you find kids willing to get off their a$$es these days.

When I went door to door last winter handing out my business info, you wouldn't believe how many people said "Great! It used to be that kids came around when it snowed, but that doesn't happen any more!"
Try Eastern Pa, Me and 2 friends have been out every winter. Equipped with 2 snow blowers and shovels. Worked out pretty good, going to be handing out business cards this winter. I hear you though, I'm only 16 and I know so many people that play video games and are to lazy to work.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-03-2011, 11:47 PM
MrPlow2011 MrPlow2011 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 4
MrPlow2011 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Liberty Landscaping LLC View Post
Just to clarify you have a 24 foot snow plow or is it a 24 inch snow blower? If its a snow blower is it a single or dual stage? What state are you in? I would go with an hourly rate. You say 40 an hour you estimate it's a half hour job so you charge a lil more planning for an oops $25. That's my theory.
Thanks fro the replys everyone...

I have though about the debate when comepting with the kids.. how ever they cant be out every day and I can... But your are right, I was one of those kids before ... and man did i make a killing using just y shovel..

Steve..

I would be a 24 inch wide... snow blower... 2 stage...

How long does it take to kill a drive way plus walk way? about and hour Is my guess. if so $ 40 hr seems resonable...

I'm just starting out so I'm going to post adds, and start flyering soon. As soon as the first fall hits I will start door to door... but I would like to have a package together ahead of time. This way, if some one is on the fence about it, they can take my rates and number then call me, should they change there mind...

My citys get hammered with snow every year, so I can't see a problem finding the work... I just need to figure out a flate rate to charge people, one that is low enough to stay competative, but high enough to generate profit...

I was thinking somthing like $15 for walk way and $30 for drive way... Note we get way more then 6 inches of snow here...

Thanks gain..
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-04-2011, 06:34 AM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 6
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
I don't know where you find kids willing to get off their a$$es these days.

When I went door to door last winter handing out my business info, you wouldn't believe how many people said "Great! It used to be that kids came around when it snowed, but that doesn't happen any more!"
IM with you HM, They are mostly lazy. THe smart ones have sowblowers and charge $40 plus a DRIVEWAY....LOL
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-04-2011, 10:19 AM
boats47 boats47 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 4
boats47 is on a distinguished road
Default

You have to know your overhead costs, it is differnt for every company. Once you know your costs then you can figure out the time it takes to one driveway and then how many in an hour, per storm, for the year. Compile all of this and you get your hour cost to run a plow and how many properties you need to turn profit. Buss 101!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

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
Snow Removal calvarylandscapegroup Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 17 01-04-2013 03:45 PM
SNOW PLOWING CONTRACTS (RATES) pinkbaglady Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 11 11-10-2011 03:50 AM
How to upsell snow removal services - GopherHaul 50 Snow Plow Show Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 12-05-2009 06:03 PM
How to upsell snow removal services - GopherHaul 50 Snow Plow Show Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 12-05-2009 06:02 PM
Snow removal biggdoggservices General Business Discussions 17 10-12-2009 10:22 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 09:17 PM
by SGL1
14 3,346
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Yesterday 05:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 276
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
Yesterday 05:40 PM
Yesterday 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 34
Billing methods
jcurr33
Yesterday 01:33 PM
Yesterday 01:33 PM
by jcurr33
0 41
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by chris2500hd
7 165
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Yesterday 12:44 PM
by Steve
4 118
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Yesterday 04:49 AM
by avetslawncare
2 99
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-25-2015 08:57 PM
by SGL1
9 441
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 450
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-25-2015 08:04 PM
by avetslawncare
4 153
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,478
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
03-25-2015 07:20 PM
by avetslawncare
6 126
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
03-25-2015 03:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 245
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
03-25-2015 03:26 PM
by ESREVER
25 2,303
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 265
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 149
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,625
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 276
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 103
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-24-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 102
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 173
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 105
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 99
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 379,845
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 805
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 446
Need some advice about...
Wolf4dk
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
by Wolf4dk
0 158
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,524
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 236
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 271
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,569
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 158
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 517
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 250
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 445
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 329
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,275
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 1,997
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 184
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 831
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 247
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 940
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 469
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,678
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 268
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,101
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 610
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 332
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 327
new equipment
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:12 AM
03-16-2015 03:07 PM
by Steve
7 346
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service pricing pto scag v-ride secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 AM.

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