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Commercial lot help

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by murraysnow, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. murraysnow

    murraysnow Junior Member
    from morton
    Messages: 20

    We have done driveways and small commercial lots no more then 15,000 sq ft. But I got asked to bid on this site and wanted to see if my prices were in check.

    Lot is 66,200 sq ft this is what i was thinking price wise
    1" to 3" $264
    3" to 6" $529
    6" to 9" $794
    9" to 12" $1059
    12" to 14" $1324
    14" to 16" $ 1588
    Per occurrence salting $331

    how do my prices look too high too low?
     
  2. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Whats your hourly rate? what are you buying your salt for per ton?
     
  3. murraysnow

    murraysnow Junior Member
    from morton
    Messages: 20

    I like to get around 75 to 85 for a plow truck and around 100 to 125 for a bobcat
    Salt around 85 a ton
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    about 700lbs of salt for an acre . How did you come up with 331.00 for salt?
     
  5. murraysnow

    murraysnow Junior Member
    from morton
    Messages: 20

    .005 a sq ft which ive gotten on the few other sites we have so i just used what i was getting on the other lots
     
  6. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Your high then... base everything off your hourly rate... 1 ac per hour with a 8 straight blade

    figure 20 lbs per 1000 sf.......generally speaking whatever your buying salt for, spread it for 3 times that figure per ton....that place should take around 1000 lbs per application = 1/2 ton or $40x3 is $120 per app
     
  7. Rain Man

    Rain Man Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    your prices are way too high, even at $100 per hr your price should only be $150 per push if the lot is open without many obstacles.
     
  8. murraysnow

    murraysnow Junior Member
    from morton
    Messages: 20

    hows this look:

    Salting per occurrence $180
    1" - 2.9" $162
    3" - 5.9" $394
    6" - 8.9" $548
    9" - 11.9" $786
    12" + $786 plus $70 per additional inch.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    This is the same lot in your other thread? never mine ,different thread.
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  10. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Without seeing the lot and ASSUMING itll take you 1 1/2 hours per pass IT STILL LOOKS HIGH based on your hourly rate... If you want to make more per hour then the numbers would look ok.......
    your VERY high on your $70 per inch after 12"......
    your still very high on your salting

    Just a fyi, I'm not from your area... maybe others are charging those rates. I'm just going by the numbers you've given us to help you.
     
  11. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    any sidewalks with this or just plowing
     
  12. PGHplowguy

    PGHplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Going on what many have said I am the odd ball here. Figuring you are doing 1.5 football fields I personalty have no issues with your first instinct at the pricing. That is the 1''-3'' price. The rest are high. Instead of letting snow pile up to large amounts hit the lot every 3 inches. Charging your 1''-3'' price every time. It seems like most people like to base their jobs on an hourly basis. I work efficiently and do jobs better and quicker then the rest. That is why I prefer to make money on a per job over per hour. Your salt charge may be a bit high. If your putting down X$ amount of salt at least charge 2X$.

    I'm sure I'll get replies from both low-balling fools and guys that think they are the ***** who are making less then they should.