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HELP PLEASE: Trying to do my first commercial snow bid

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by zach5187, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. zach5187

    zach5187 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I am new to the industry this year and would like to have at least one commercial snow account, they have a tiered system. I need a very competitive rate that is still going to make me money. As this is the idea behind the business. they have it in tiers. it ask for pricing for 2-4", 4.1-6", 6.1-8", 8.1-10", 10.1-12" and 12" or more and also a price for deice lot plus sidewalks!! Please help me with what would be competitive but low enough that i should indefinently get this. I am in omaha, nebraska. Thank you
  2. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    add it all up your expenses and come up with prices.
  3. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    if any of us is going to help we need alot more info, size of lot, what equipment you have etc...you should figure out how long it is going to take you to plow the lot,
  4. zach5187

    zach5187 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    it is maybe 20000 sq ft parking lot and 2000 sq ft of sidewalk. Its a barnes and noble account..and the contract is very confusing...I thought it was a simple hourly rate and that was it but they have a tier system set up
  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Sounds like a national..... STAY AWAY!.... They WILL eat you alive! Really read the contract as you indemnify AND defend the national against any and all situations that may occur (even if its not your fault)...........Also do a search on pricing(bidding) just because a price will work for me doesn't mean it will work for you (and nationals arnt know for their stellar rates) Maybe not the advice you wanted to hear but probably the best you'll get......

    Good luck with your choice......
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011
  6. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    if you're completely new, this probably isn't the account for you. Theres alot less liability doing driveways...so if you're not that good at it, it doesn't matter as much. I'm more comfortable with the fact that a homeowner might slip and fall versus a customer slipping and falling. Not that you can't get sued doing residentials but I think its far less likely. Get your feet wet this way.
  7. snowbrothers101

    snowbrothers101 Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    Who is the national company you are bidding through? That will help us provide you info back.
  8. zach5187

    zach5187 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    national maintanence systems inc. out of RI