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Apartment complex bidding

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by QUALITY EDGE, Sep 6, 2011.


    QUALITY EDGE Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 3

    I am attempting to prepare a bid for plowing for an apartment complex in Ohio. I have estimated one truck taking 8 hours to plow complex. The complex is comprised of 371 units.There are ten different streets in complex, some with garages and others just in and out. This is for plowing only, no sidewalks. Can someone give me an idea what a good price per push on this. They would also like a seperate price for a fixed monthly price but I am not real excited about that. Thanks
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I think your under estimating your time and trucks. When dealing with places like this you need to get things open before they leave. Right now if it snows in the morning you'll be just finishing as they come home if it didn't snow any more.

    QUALITY EDGE Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 3

    Ok so do you have a better estimate of time with the information given?
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Have any overhead views of this place.

    Also you need to drive in this place in the morning ,afternoon and after midnight to see what the parking looks like.
  5. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Very true!! Some areas get real congested overnight.
  6. slave2lawns

    slave2lawns Member
    Messages: 46

    Plow only ? No salt and you dont have to remove it ?

    QUALITY EDGE Junior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 3

    Im just looking for help with the per plowing price. I have salt and removal figured.
  8. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    Ido not know of a complex letting it take 8 hours, do you have a back up trucker sub encase of a breakdown sure pick up truck $135 hour
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    You may not be able to go and just plow a place like that out and be done. What if 1/3 or 1/2 the people in the complex work 3rd shift and the others work 1rst or 2nd, etc etc.( you get my point) You will have to clear everything you can then make a couple clean up trips back as cars leave/move.

    Without a overhead pic its hard to say, but it sounds like a good job for a skid steer..?..
  10. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Oh ya...almost forgot....1 miiiillllion dollars
  11. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    I would charge per hour instead of per push if I were you.... It will be easier on yourself!
  12. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 888

    Without pics and acreage I guess truck/bobcat combo 4-8hr, includes opening before 7am
    and one daytime revisit.
    I doubt you or the complex would be happy with truck only service.
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

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

    Your gonna want some skids at that sight. Sounds like a pretty big place to me. It took us around 5 hours to plow a 3 acre condo complex last year. I underbid it a little last year and it really sucked. So don't undercut yourself. Sell your quality work.
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Do you plan to service the account with just the one truck?
  15. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    I think he is gonna use a Dodge with a Cummins that has alot of Mods on it.....:whistling:.....:waving:
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Should be able to do it in four hours then. On a quart of fuel.