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Estimate problems.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by K c m, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. K c m

    K c m Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Hay guys. I have a difficult question to ask of you. Some of you may have read a post about 2 months ago regarding which unit to snow blow (residential) with. That being said i went with the snow commander, no problem. One problem; no snow :rolleyes: not that big of a deal. Yesterday I received a call from a woman who wanted me to clear all walks pavements for her development. No problem however she asked me for a quote and i wasn't sure how to respond by "well typically it is going to vary according to accumulations" then she asked me to have a starting quote estimate. Now this is a 2 hour job for a 1 man crew (im in school thats why i don't have any employees during the winter) I am just wondering any imput you pros may have. All i need to know is a starting price like 6"=40 and hour? something like that.

    thank you very much

    rob.
     
  2. K c m

    K c m Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    ???? :confused:
     
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    How do you usually price jobs? I guess I'm just not real clear on what you're asking. Are you saying you do not know how to give proposals? Or was she asking for a price over the phone? I would tell her I have to look at the job, then we can discuss it.
     
  4. K c m

    K c m Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Sorry for the vaguenss of my post. I have never done snow removal except for when i was a tike making a few bucks here and there for a walk. However i am a business now. I know the place she speaks of. Its a bunch of townhouses facing each other on a street leading to a coldesak (sp?) bout 25 homes.

    She asked me basically for a base price and i was just wondering where to even start with this. I don't want to give her any quote then get screwed if we get more snow. Sorry for the inexperience I just havent had a lot of practice in this sort of thing.

    I guess i will calculate the time that it will take me for 6 inches to 12 inches and go from there.
     
  5. K c m

    K c m Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    o ya she asked me over the Phone. sorry. i told her that i needed to see the properties.
     
  6. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    At 1-3"..I'm at 100 per hr,(plow)17.50- 25 per hr. sidewalks.4-8"=175 hr.(plow) & 30-50 hr sidewalks
     
  7. K c m

    K c m Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    WOW. hmmm i would have underbid that one thanks repo-man. payup
     
  8. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    And that's in a little hick town of 3,775
     
  9. Gene L.

    Gene L. Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 11

    For all sidewalk work I would price it up to 6" then up to 12". you probally need to do the steps also and thats shovel work. $100 an hour sounds good with 75 per hour for the 6-12 inch range, put in a blizzard clause ro the monster snow. Gene