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A litttle help

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by seein green, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. seein green

    seein green Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I have searched this forum for pricing help. The only input I can come up w/ is to take your time on the job and multiply by your hourly rate. This is a no brainer. What I'd like to know is what you are charging per hour in your area and are your rates on the high or low end of the competiton in your area. I am in the Kansas City area and need some help.
    I'm bidding on a lot that is 13,000 sq. ft. fairly straight. customer would like salt and sandon the parking area. There is 1600 sq. ft of sidewalk to be cleared w/ calcium applied also. I've got a figure based off of other small accounts I had last year, but would like some more input. Would appreciate any help.
     
  2. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    well figure a truck can clear an acre per hour, and a sidewalk shovler around 800 sq feet per hour and your set... pricing might be around 125 per hr

    but thats a small lot, and your going to be at a minimum charge for that one
     
  3. seein green

    seein green Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks Elite. So what is your minimum push. And 800 sq. ft an hour? I would fire my help if they were that slow!
     
  4. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    where in the K.C. are are you?

    the reason i ask is because.....rates vary so much even in our area. that these boy's up north get pretty good money compared to the peanuts we are used to working for :dizzy:

    i have heard of guys getting up to $125/hr in olathe and other ritzy district's

    don't take on any more salt/sanding this year unless you have youre ducks in a row.

    PJ
     
  5. seein green

    seein green Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm in the Lees Summit area. And you?
     
  6. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    my min , is one hours worth of work....


    if i really want the account , i might throw in the salt for free, or price it, so that the salt and plow equals my Min charge, but thats only if i dont have to drive more than 2 mins from an account i already have
     
  7. seein green

    seein green Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Elite that makes sense. How about the sidewalks? Do you charge on top of that minimum for the sidewalks and calcium. I was figuring $215.00 for the parking area, the sidewalks and the applications of salt, and calcium. Does this sound ballpark or too high too low?
     
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    215 to plow it? its a small area, seems high
     
  9. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    I like to charge by the second cause you and the customer dont get the shaft
     
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    but whats the going rate per second in your area LOL
     
  11. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    0.034 cent a second is the going rate provides a pretty good living
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    that price sounds fair, but how many seconds will this lot take LOL
     
  13. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    3480 sec to plow
     
  14. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    then how much per grain of salt, does it matter the size
     
  15. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    now salt has a every complicated price schedule. Get out the periodic table and the tiwan exchange rate chart and I will explain it to you
     
  16. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    right now you would need the taiwan xange rate, its about the only place you can buy any
     
  17. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    I forgot to mention the xray glasses and the xylophone
     
  18. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i will need just a minute
     
  19. dfdsuperduty

    dfdsuperduty Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    after look at that example i came up with a price of .006345 per grain does that sound about right:D:drinkup::Dussmileyflag
     
  20. seein green

    seein green Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    You guys ought to get each others number and waste your own time. Thanks for your input elite, I guess these other two senior members need their own talk show to hear themselves laugh. get over yourselves. Does senior mean your grade in school because you both are acting like one. I guess no one ever helped the two of you.