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First Commercial Sidewalk Bid

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Snowplowkid, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Snowplowkid

    Snowplowkid Member
    Messages: 76

    I was talking to my school principal today and he said I should put in a bid for the sidewalk snow removal. Now I know I dont have much but, if it does finally break down I could use a wide blower couldn't I? Another thing is what to charge. It is quite a bit for what I have but I cant afford much right now. This would really help get my foot in the door for next year when I go and ask the board for $ to do landscaping. Also asked by principal to do. So my question is... turn it down or what? It would be a good opportunity but I'm leaning toward turning it down.

    115 JD Lawn Tractor w/ 46" blade.
     
  2. Snowplowkid

    Snowplowkid Member
    Messages: 76

    Could I lease a compact utility for winter? If so for how much? (I already have 4 jobs from last year.)
     
  3. Brant'sLawnCare

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

    How many feet of sidewalk is it? you could plow at least 3" of snow with that setup.
     
  4. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,874

    Well snowplowkid I would have to say walk it out like you would be blowing it then multiply by what you want hourly ($50-60perhr). People might think you are crazy and you probably are, but to get a good estimate you have to either have experience or drive. Do what it takes and you could make some money for college so you don't have to do this for the rest of your life.
     
  5. Snowplowkid

    Snowplowkid Member
    Messages: 76

    IDK. I'll measure it out soon. I've plowed 11" with it before.

    This is what I want to do when I get the right equipment.
     
  6. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Id charge .10 cents per linerar foot
     
  7. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I'm surprised school maintenance dept. would'nt handle...
     
  8. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Better for us!
     
  9. ERICS LAWN CARE

    ERICS LAWN CARE Member
    Messages: 65

    i charge by the square footage for sidewalks; some sidewalks are 3 ft wide others 5 ft wide or 6 ft wide. i have a formula that will tell me how long the snow blowing would take and then you times that by what rate you need per minute of work
     
  10. M.McDaniel

    M.McDaniel Member
    Messages: 49

    Are you 18? If not don't worry about it, no professional organization on this planet would accept that liability. Talk to your neighbors instead.
     
  11. haejinjoe

    haejinjoe Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Will you divulge the formula you use? I understand if you don't want to. Thanks either way.

    AverageJoe