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anyone bidding for next year already?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by redman6565, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    that target/lowe's i have already wants my bid for next year, not that i'm complaining, i mean i'll know in two weeks time whether 8 pieces of my fleet are booked or not. just can't believe im already thinking about next year lol
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    That's one big Lowe's. :drinkup::blush2:
  3. tutianoburgante

    tutianoburgante Member
    Messages: 31

    Hey Redman isn't the Lowes in your region going district wide. Meaning you have to service multiple location not just one.
  4. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    no because they rent from COR Properties, the actual land owner and that's who i work for, just so happens Target, Lowe's PetCo, Bed Bath Beyond all rent in the same plaza from them

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i will when they let me....i love to lock accounts this time of year
  6. silvetouch

    silvetouch Senior Member
    Messages: 336


    I just got requests for bids for a group of lowes in my area (Michigan). Do you plow any single (just lowes) locations? Would you mind sharing some pricing info? I know you're in a completely different market, but it would help though. thanks
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    no i dont, i just have the one lowe's account thats shares their bill with target and petco and bed bath and beyond
  8. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 480

    I got a call from the local Postoffice today for the 2009-2010 contract.
    Last year it took 6 months to get the papers signed, season was almost over.
  9. lesedwards

    lesedwards Member
    Messages: 85

    How do figure out your quote

    Last year we did all sub work from a big landscaper in th area but this year I have people comming to me and want to setup contracts with us but I am not sure how to quote and do you charge extra for salting / shoveling. I appreciate any help you can give.
  10. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 480

    To start, you have to have an idea as to what it takes( time and material ) to service a property. My commericals are set up as follows: 0 to 1" covers minor stuff, partial plowing or shoveling or sanding. 1" - 3" is for plowing and shoveling per push during business hours. If sanding at plowing visit I have a reduced price versis making a seperate trip for just sanding for say freezing rain. Contracts are different for each business based on the requirements for that business. You have to provide adequate service to prevent any accidents. I won't take a job that wants a half a$$ job done because you end up with a bad repitation. Durning non business hours I try to plow every 6" . I also adjust my plowing visit to have the property clean for the business to open at thier schedualed time. A mistake I made when I started with commericals was not having a 0 to 1" requirement. We get a lot "dustings" or blowing snow after a storm that requires some attention of some kind to make a property safe.
  11. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    yep, trying to get everything rolling now and signed by august so were good to go when the white stuff falls.
  12. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    3/4 of my contracts were signed to multi-year deals last season. Jsut finished working on the others. Now it's tiem to bid on new lots that always seem to escape me every year lol
  13. digit

    digit Member
    Messages: 94

    I believe COR properties also owns a strip plaza in canadaigua. How are they to work for and when do they usually bid out.
  14. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    contact them now. I like the manager that oversee's our lot in Batavia. He's geat to work with.
  15. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Although most of mine are locked in already as a part of multi year terms, the remainder should be locked in by months end.
  16. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    That would be soooo nice.........:nod:

    We do have several on multi-year commitments, but they are in the minority of total sites needed.

    Every year the same old thing ~ bid, bid, bid like crazy with too many waiting until the very last minute to commit for just one year. :dizzy:
  17. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I make it practice to lock them in for 3 years at a time. Its kinda nice knowing you really dont have to worry about some scumbag lowballer trying to get in. :drinkup:
  18. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Half of our properties are locked in on multi year deals, no one ever wants to go more than 2 years, if we can get them to even agree to that.

    I absolutely hate the waiting game. I've got a lot of work to do to sign on new customers this year with old customers out the door due to businesses closing/moving, and poor payers.

    Good thing I spend so much time on here.
  19. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    Go ahead.......keep rubbing it in! :cry:

  20. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,748

    I am starting to bid on jobs now. Gotta make some calls on Friday. It's already August. This summer has just flown by.