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1st Time Seasonal Bidder needs help

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by jimp, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. jimp

    jimp Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I've been plowing for 4 years and for the first time have been asked to place a seasonal bid, I need help please.
    I have a commercial lot with approx: 100,000 sq. ft. of driveway plus parking area that includes a loading dock that will need to be cleared with a bucket loader or backhoe. There is also 3000 sq. ft. of sidewalks. I plowed these kinds of areas per push. My questions is what formula do you use to come up with a seasonal rate and not kill the bottom line?

    Jim p.
  2. mtk469

    mtk469 Member
    Messages: 57

    We always take our per push price x the seasonal average # of snows and then add a push or 2.
    So for example if I have a $500 per push job that and our average is 10 storms then the seasonal would probably be $6000.

    Everybody does it a little different I imagine but this has worked pretty well for us. I try to get multi year contracts so that if we have a heavy year snow wise then I have another couple of years to help offset/recoupe those heavy years.

    Just my $.02
  3. jimp

    jimp Junior Member
    Messages: 4


    Thank you for the info mtk469, along the lines of what I thought to do. Just don't want to work for free.

    Jim P.
  4. Silentroo

    Silentroo Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    If it snows enough you will.....

    sometime we add an upper limit in inches. our a refund at the low end to minimize the risk for both sides.
  5. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Same process here. I almost always add a "blizzard clause" as well. Usually the seasonal will cap out at 10" per storm, then it's an additional charge per every 2" there after. Occasionally I will pump it to a 12" cap, but not often.