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Bidding help

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by milesscott, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. milesscott

    milesscott Junior Member
    from 55112
    Messages: 8

    Hi there. I am new to bidding snowplowing jobs. I own and operate a carpet cleaning company and have lots of apartment complexes I work for. Just recently I bought a 1 ton truck and 8.5 foot v plow and plan on expanding my business to include snow plowing. I have the opportunity to place bids for current customers. Most lots are .25 acres to 1 acre being he largest. I wont be shoveling walks just opening the lots before the morning or afternoon commute and then doing a full plow the next day when all the cars have been removed. I've been told that a person can plow 1 acre an hour when the lot is wide open with not much back dragging.

    How much more should I charge per push for the am/pm breakthrough?

    Is there a formula a person can use to charge per acre that includes the initial breakthrough and the full plowing and any clean up after?

    What is a reasonable hourly rate for the Twin Cities of Minnesota?

    I'm having a hard time accuratley estimating total time. Most properties have ample space for piling of snow and there is not much back dragging needed. The properties I am bidding on are within a 3 miles radius of each other. It will take me about 15 minutes to drive to this part of town.
  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Use an ice melter that will track onto the carpet and require more cleaning......
  3. milesscott

    milesscott Junior Member
    from 55112
    Messages: 8

    Nice one! haha!
  4. John143

    John143 Senior Member
    from NEPA PA
    Messages: 254

    2X :laughing:
  5. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    I would charge a percentage of what you charge to do the whole lot to open the lanes. Maybe 50%? Eventhough it won't take you that long, you still have the expense of driving to and from that lot.