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    03-14-2012, 02:02 PM
cost for trailer parking

I currently do not charge for boarders to park their trailers at my facility.
However we will be expanding paddock and pasture space. And one of the places that will be affected is where we currently park our trailers.
I will still offer trailer parking, but cannot offer it for free anylonger, as the space we will have for the trailers will be an area much closer to barn area, so it will require us to move them on occasion to mow the grass etc around them....or if we don't move them, will have to use the push mowere around them to keep grass down, either way it will mean more man power to keep area looking good, and manageable for ppl to acess the trailers.
I have sent out an email to my boarders as well as added a note on their last invoice that a charge will be added June 1st which is yet to be determined....(We can't start work till then, as ground is way to soft etc)...I also figure this will give ppl a heads up and they can either pay or find alternate arrangenents.
I have never charged for trailer am at a complete loss as what to charge.
Any ideas? What do other places charge?
I have asked a few collegues of mine but most don't offer any trailer parking or it seems like a ridiculous amount for what they charge........any help would be greatly appeciated, as I'd like to have a price set when my next invoice goes out.
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    03-14-2012, 03:20 PM
Green Broke
You can't start charging people for a service you are already providing. If your lease has no mention of it one way or the other, and you never objected to the parking, lack of objection implies consent on your part.

Perfectly ok for you to say apon your next lease renewal the rates will be changed to "X" that includes trailer parking, or "Y" that does not. And to stagger this increased fee as the contracts expire and renew.
But if I came and asked you, "How much is board?" you told me 200, and I said "Oh can I park my trailer there?" and you said sure, then I signed a contract. We'd be having words if you suddenly reneged on that agreement.
You need to retract your emails to your clients and say rates will be changing apon renewals. That's perfectly fine and wont piss everyone off.
    03-14-2012, 03:22 PM
At my facility we park one trailer free and then it is $100 for every additional trailer. Too much, IMO.
    03-14-2012, 03:42 PM
My boarding contract indicates that services and fees may change or be removed at anytime with ample notice.
All boarders must initial this upon signing their contract.

Now that being said I have never added, increased or changed fees in 5 yrs of operating.
So I highgly doubt anyone will be pissy about a fee for parking a trailer, esp considering their horses are benefiting from more pasture space and turnout areas.
I also have indicated that I'm free to hear concerns etc from boarders w the upcoming changes.
I have an excellent relationship w all my boarders, and know if anyone was upset or had concerns. We would be able to discuss it accordingly. So I won't retract any emails.

And yes 100 is ridiculous IMO as well. I was thinking closer to 25/month. This would cover labour costs, fuel costs etc.
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    03-14-2012, 03:52 PM
I don't think they'll be upset either, especially because you're being more than generous with the time frame you've given. Charging for trailer parking is a reasonable request. It is after all taking up grass area that could be sectioned off for paddock. I think $75/trailer/month is reasonable.
    03-14-2012, 04:03 PM
There are several things to consider when deciding your fees. If all those trailers were gone and you could use that land for pasture, how many more boarders could you take on? That's what all those trailers are costing you, plus the mowing and moving them around. So, I'd add the potential board up, plus the costs of mowing and any other labor costs, then divide by the number of trailers. If you want to do something totally not arbitrary.

At my place, if I allowed someone to park a trailer here, I'd add a clause to the contract that the trailer was parked here as a COURTESY to the owner of the trailer, not as part of the horse board and could be required to be removed at any time, without notice. Then I'd note the fee or no fee amount.

If an owner complained to me about the fee for the trailer parking, I'd tell them that I was in business to board horses not trailers and now needed the space. That owner would be told that henceforth, they would have to find other parking for their trailer.

I don't find $100 for the SECOND trailer to be too ridiculous, again, do I want my place to look like a used car lot? NO! So, if you need to park more than 1 trailer (I don't allow even that), then you better be able to pay the freight. That's a definite luxury item.

The more trailer parking you allow, the less horses you can board, I would for sure be charging something!
    03-14-2012, 04:17 PM
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I dotn see an issue with including or not including trailer storage as long as it is disclosed ahead of time, Dream catchers method is perfectly fine as well.
What isnt fine is changing stuff in the middle of a contract period even with the "i can change fees at anytime clause"
What is "ample". That's a vague term. Id say ample is prior to the next contract renewal.
Not sure if you can simply say, if you removed the trailers you would be able to board more horses as trailer storage may be a feature that is attracting your boarders. Your place may be less competitive without trailer storage. FMV of trailer storage is going to depend on your area. In Surry county Va, where everyone has 5 plus acres of land trailer storage is worth zero. In downtown Manhattan Id bet you could name your price and get it.
You claim to have a good client relationship, I think that's great. Changing things in the middle of contracts would hurt that relationship.
    03-14-2012, 04:20 PM
Out here our contracts are month to month, so when I need to change something I try to do it at least 1 month before the change will take effect and put a note in with that month's board bill. So, it's March 14, any changes would go in the April 1 board bill to take effect on May 1. If he's on month to month, then June 1 is quite generous notice.

And for the trailer fees, I think you need to decide if you even WANT those things on your property. I have my own trailers, trucks, tractors and equipment that is used to maintain this place and I keep them under cover so that they aren't too much of an eyesore. I don't have a covered storage for anymore trailers, so I would make the fees high enough that not too many would even want to leave their trailers here. Ie, I'd be a bit more expensive than the local mini storage down the street, to make it more appealing for them to rent from the mini storage rather than to leave their trailers here. Or keep their trailers at home for free, if they can.

He says the land the trailers is on is right up next to the barn, that's prime real estate on any boarding facility. I'd certainly be able to use that for a grooming area, more pasture, hot walker, SOMETHING that would pay for itself in nicer facilities and thus, more attractive to boarders.
    03-14-2012, 04:27 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Not sure if you can simply say, if you removed the trailers you would be able to board more horses as trailer storage may be a feature that is attracting your boarders. Your place may be less competitive without trailer storage. FMV of trailer storage is going to depend on your area. In Surry county Va, where everyone has 5 plus acres of land trailer storage is worth zero. In downtown Manhattan Id bet you could name your price and get it.
There are plans for our property to add more stalls where the trailers are now parked. I haven't asked but I don't know where the trailer parking will be after the addition. So I do anticipate having to pay for parking one trailer in the future. On the other hand, there aren't too many people where I board who own more than one trailer and would need to park two. However, if our property didn't have trailer parking, boarders would find another barn, and this is true for most of our area.
    03-14-2012, 05:50 PM
I don't think charging 100 for a second trailer is high. I woukd think that would be for 1. But that doesn't apply here as no boarder has 2 trailers.

I did not go into great detail as to the exact wording of my contract. So when I say ample, believe me it is more then enough time for boarders to find alternate arrangements, or to expect a change.
Also you have no idea when my contracts are up as you say so how do you know I'm in the middle? You don't.
And like I say I have more then covered myself with being able to make changes to making changes.

I have a waiting list to board here so if someone really wanted to leave because I chose to add a fee for trailer parking (which I highly doubt will happen) then so be it.
My question was what would an adequate fee be? Not what you thought of my contract or how I go about doing it.
Again I have no fears of any of my boarders leaving over this.
Unlike some barns we actually communicate around here lol.
I have even asked some boarders throughout the day their thiughts, and have gotten good feed back from them....and so far no one is upset.

Thanks dream catcher for your response. I'll take into consideration some of the points you make.
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