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Help with driveway estimate

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by JCS, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. JCS

    JCS Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I have been in the snow business for about 10 years. Always have done commercial other than a some neighbors here and there. So don't know much about estimating driveways.
    Got talked into giving an estimate for a friend of a friend who's tractor broke last night.
    I'm going to look at it tomorrow but want an idea before I get there.
    They want a seasonal contract. The driveway is just a little over 200' and shaped like a horseshoe with two outlets to the street. It's about 5-10 min from my commercial route.
    If it helps I have a 3/4 ton Chevy ext. with a 8.6' Western MVP
    Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 440

    Walkways, salt, staking included?
     
  3. JCS

    JCS Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    No walk, no salt, just got 12" so can't stake anything. Hoping he has done it. Will find out tomorrow.
     
  4. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Got the address so I can look at it online?
     
  5. JCS

    JCS Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    4755 147th Ln Nw, Andover, MN
     
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,017

  7. JCS

    JCS Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I pulled it up on googlemaps. It is the house on the upper right of the dot. Looks like there's a pool in the back yard. Looks like a PIA!
     
  8. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Boy, I don't know. Looks like a lot of back dragging away from the house, and the only places I see to put the snow are on the outsides of either sides of the entrances. I'm guessing that since you're in MN our prices are comparable. I'd say 50.00 per push times however many events you average per year. With no shovel work or salting.
     
  9. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    How much snow do you get a year? how many times does it snow?
    Say 25 snows X 1.5 X $65 = 2437.50 I would charge.
     
  10. JCS

    JCS Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thats right around what I was thinking. Thanks very reassuring me!
     
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,017

    maxwellp, what is that formula you use? What is the 1.5 factor? And you would bid the driveway at 65.00 per push?
     
  12. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    The average snow falls for your area X 1.5 to cover yourself X the per push rate

    1.5 is so I don't lose money if it snows a lot

    $65 per push

    That formula gives me a yearly price.
     
  13. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    With all do respect, $2500 for a residential driveway? If you can get that good for you but that is more then some of our commercials!

    If that were in my area of town within our service area, maybe 50-60/time no walks/salt.
     
  14. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,485

    Maxwellp are you drunk?:D JK

    Pull plow makes that easy...I'd be at $75/push. So 20 x $75 = $1500.
     
  15. jbsplow

    jbsplow Senior Member
    from -
    Messages: 125

    how can you plow commercial for 10 years and not know how to bid a driveway. how do you bid your commercial stuff?? loll
     
  16. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,572

    I agree 60 a time. 15 visits on average for the season, based on 2inches.

    20-25 visits is way high. JMO
     
  17. F250/XLS

    F250/XLS Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 142

    If nô back blading and Space to push all winter and snow pushing only nothing else ,,,,, being close to your ways 1000 $ cash is how i'd go ,,,, who knows might be able to score a couple neighbors
     
  18. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    :laughing:

    Yes, that driveway would be cake with a pull plow.

    So Maxwell is high with 37.5 visits?
     
  19. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    37 is more like a zero tolerance then 2". We do all 1" but from the songs of other people 2" is usually 15 ish pushes