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Bidding on private road

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Brant'sLawnCare, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,752

    I was asked to bid on a private road. It's a circle that is .5 miles long. It's about 21ft wide, and there is also a culdesac of normal size. I am gonna give them an hourly rate for my trucks. Don't know what my minimum should be though. I was gonna charge them $65 min. Is this about right? Also, for salt/sand I have no idea what to figure. Never bid on a road before.

    Brant
     
  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    private road

    I would provide them a seasonal charge and figure at least $400.00 U.S.D. per household minimum.

    If you have to plow every day it wil add up quickly and that will not be advantageous for you if you are using trucks.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Brant, are you plowing just the road or are you doing the driveways that go to the houses also?
     
  4. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,752

    Just the road. No driveways. For a 2" storm, I will probably be in and out in 30-45mins plus maybe 15 for salting.
     
  5. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    Are the man holes flush? Curbs level? Will drifting be a major problem?

    Forget the hourly. If you bid this year hourly based on a 2500 truck & 8ft. plow, what happens if I come in there and bring my L8000 with 12 ft. plow, 9 ft. wing and spread the salt on my way out.
    What I'm saying is; give them a lump per time or seasonal and find faster ways to complete this job as you grow.
    To help you out, 3 passes each way with a truck in a average snow, 1000 lbs. salt. Now go calculate your time by driving this route at the speed you'd plow. Multiply the numbers, use a hourly or minimum, add a profit margin and done....
    (fyi-$175 per time plow and salt)
     
  6. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,752

    Manholes are flush and there are no curbs. There are shoulders. It's a lot nicer than the job we looked at in Jackson... The company last year was charging $60/hr with a 1 hr minimum. And they were charging $.20/lb for salt. I can be cheaper than that (for salt).
     
  7. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I would bid it per push and by the 100lb for salt

    If you want to get more in to detail PM me, we provide service for a whole village.