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Bidding a neighborhood

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by PlowTeam5, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. PlowTeam5

    PlowTeam5 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    So I got a call from a friend the other night. Says he is the president of his HOA and they are tired of waiting 5 days for the city to come through and plow the streets. So he wants my company to do it. I have never bid anything like this before and was wondering if anyone can shed some light on how to price it out. They want a 2-4 inch price and then a 4+ inch price. There wont be any salting. Just plowing.I figured the best way to tackle it would be to have one truck go down the middle of the street with one on each side behind pushing the snow to the sides. Here is a map of the neighborhood. I boxed in the section that I gotta price out.

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  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 956

    How is your insurance
     
  3. PlowTeam5

    PlowTeam5 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    LOL all paid up. :nod:
     
  4. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 956

    No seriously do you have the proper insurance for a job like this
     
  5. PlowTeam5

    PlowTeam5 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    Would I need some kind of specific insurance to do a job like this.
     
  6. getsum

    getsum Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 220

    I dont know alot about this but wouldn't you need to get permission from the city? and if an accident happens would you be held liable being you took over what the city USUALLY does? I would DEFINITELY contact your insurance company first then possibly the city, around here they frown upon guys plowing unless the city themselves hires the company.. I think it could be done but make sure ALL your ducks are in a neatly organized legal signed and documented row lol then let er fly Thumbs Up
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You can't just plow the street.
     
  8. MidcoastMainiac

    MidcoastMainiac Member
    Messages: 95

    If it is a private HOA then I believe your regular business ins that you use for commercial and resid. would cover you, but you mentioned that they are waiting for the town to plow, so that means the HOA has turned the road maint. over to them. That means you have to have a rider on your policy for municipality work.

    Be sure to check with the town and insurance company before signing any contracts.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If the town plows all the roads ,then they plow all the roads. Now if they were bid out to individual companies then that's ok.
     
  10. muffy189

    muffy189 Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    I would definatly talk to the city because if it is considered a city street and you tear up the road you would have to replace it as well as be fined by the city. But if it is the HOA's then go for it and i would bid it by the hour.
     
  11. muffy189

    muffy189 Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    you better bid it adding another depth because if you get over 8 inches it gets hard doing the roads. also how wide are the roads
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Most roads are bid out by lane miles.
     
  13. muffy189

    muffy189 Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    that sounds interesting ive never heard of citys bidding the snow removal, do you do any of that where your at
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Not here, But Rochester and Syracuse do I think
     
  15. muffy189

    muffy189 Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    ive never heard of anyplace in ohio doing that but if our govener has his way it may happen
     
  16. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    If the roads you are looking at plowing are considered public roads you will need separate liability insurance (not cheap) for that and you should talk to the municipality about it. We've plowed public roads for our municipality for over 30 years but we are contracted buy the municipality not the HOA. Alot of municipalities in Ontario contract out plowing.
     
  17. PlowTeam5

    PlowTeam5 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    Gonna find out town this week and goin to talk to the HOA president and see what all they did as far as having the city take care of it or what. I am thinking about bidding it by the hour. The road is prolly 25ft wide at max. Its just a typical neighborhood streets.
     
  18. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If the town was plowing that,it would be less then an hour to plow it.
     
  19. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

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