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Another Bidding Horror Story

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by davewh, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. davewh

    davewh Member
    Messages: 84

    Ok heres the scoop. I quoted 4 properties 3 with parking for aproximatley 8 cars and walkways those I quoted 205.00 per month and 1 residential with a driveway around 6 cars long I quoted 105.00 per month. for a total monthly billing of 715.00 of unlimited snow plows with a trigger of 2".
    Got underbid 450.00 for all properties for the entire season.

    I'm starting to rethink my plans and I havent even got out of the gate.:angry:
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Just leave it behind you. If you got every job you'd be as rich as JD!
     
  3. 042500hd

    042500hd Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    What was the other guys seasonal price compared to your monthly price? Your residential drive would run around $525 based on your monthly pricing. A little high for my area. On the other hand if you are doing all 3 parking lots for a total of $205 a month, that's pretty low.
     
  4. davewh

    davewh Member
    Messages: 84

    Hi seasonal was 200.00 below my monthly.
     
  5. snowplower82

    snowplower82 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    let him work at those prices. He will piss them off and probally be out of buisness next year and there
    is a good chance you will get them back next year for your price and the owner well think your great:waving:
     
  6. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    That residential goes for $270.00 around here, unlimited passes, 2 inch trigger.
    Your 8 car parking with walkways goes around $1400.00 unlimited passes, 2 inch trigger.
    Go figure
     
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Or dead broke.
     
  8. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    You need to know what your market rate is in order to be competitive or start bidding lots more.
    I'm bidding $20-40K almost every day. Signed contracts coming in at $10-15K daily most with chqs for full payment, all seasonal with cap, none per push. GL
     
  9. davewh

    davewh Member
    Messages: 84

    Wow thats great congratulations I hope you get them all.
     
  10. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    Well that's my point, no one "gets" everything they bid ( if I did I'd need double the equipment ), so bid as much as you can, price it well and wait for snow. Easier to turn work away or hire/buy extra equipment than it is to find contracts in say dec. 'cause 2 sites didn't renew. My $0.02.