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HELP with Commercial snow removal bid

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by aference1, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. aference1

    aference1 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3

    I am getting calls to do bids for property maintenece on commercial properties. How do I bid the snow removal? I have alot of residential contracts but I always bill seperate for the snow removal. For commercial do I just put a hourly charge in the bid or how much to remove snow each time? I cant just add the price to the bid without knowing how much it will snow? Some advice would be great.
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Depends on what the contrat calls for...seasonal or hourly?
  3. The Big Push

    The Big Push Junior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 19

    Ask guys around you're area how many "plowables" they figure on each season. Figure what you want "per push", there you have it-a seasonal price. (Then pray it don't snow at all)
  4. z_scapes

    z_scapes Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Your in Indiana and I don't think you can count on selling a seasonal price to anyone in Indiana. IMO you need to price your services per hour on a severity grade. I'm no expert and some of these guys may laugh at me giving advice but I just landed my first commercial contract in Indiana and I set my prices hourly and graduated. I get one price for 1-3" 20% more for 4-6" and another 20% for 7-12" snow. I'm in kentucky and our snow in this area is absolutely unpredictable. I do anticipate heavy snow again this year and I get my information from a higher power.
  5. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    We have several properties on seasonal in Indianapolis, it can be done.
  6. aference1

    aference1 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the help. I think I will charge hourly and see how it goes. I will see where that takes me. I wont be plowing commercial this year. The bids are for next season so I have some time to work on it. Most of the properties want my bid in by February.