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Help with Pricing - 4 seasons in now!

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by klem, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. klem

    klem Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 29

    I've plowed the below parking lot now for the past 4 seasons, and want to know if I've priced it right. Now, of course, since I've had it for 4 seasons and It covered my overhead costs and wages, it must be right, but want to get other's opinions on pricing.

    Per findlotsize, it states the area is 1.982 acres (which is more than what I came up with measuring it, 1.6 acres).

    Plow and Salt (no sidewalks) for 1 inch trigger. (charging per push, but would like to know seasonal as well)

    Using 7.5 plow with wings on 2500HD.

    What I want to compare is what other would charge for this site (plowing and salting) to see if i'm not undercutting myself compared to the market. I'd like to be more on-par with the rest of the professionals rather than drag down pricing.

    lot 1.jpg
     
  2. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 440

    Quick numbers:

    1-3" $300
    4-6" $500
    7-12" $800

    Salting at $400 per application (not 100% sure on this one)
     
  3. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Where can you pile snow? How big are your wings? That could affect some companies pricing I bet, if they had to push all to the back of the lot (right side of your picture)
     
  4. klem

    klem Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 29

    Regular western plow wings, 8" (i think) extension each side.

    The snow can be pushed along the fences (top, bottom and right side in the picture). I usually just cut around the building then plow straight from front to back pushing the snow to the outside.
     
  5. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548


    you pinned the building inside your area pegs
     
  6. klem

    klem Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 29

    That's probably why my measurement came out less when I actually measured it!!!!! :D

    Just checked now with findlotsize, and the lot size (without building) is just under 1.5 acres... sorry about not catching that
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2014
  7. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 440

    If 1.5 acres is the actual amount I would lower my prices posted by 75 dollars per bracket and maybe 100 bucks on salting...

    Am I close to what you charge?
     
  8. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    that's a better mistake than the other . raise them numbers .
     
  9. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    $150 for every 3''
     
  10. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    how much per ton ? how much to load and spread per ton ?
     
  11. klem

    klem Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 29

    You are a little lower than whet we charge here in the suburbs of Chicago. But pretty close.
     
  12. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 440

    Good to know...At first I was going to say only lower it by $50 per bracket and $75.00 on the salt...Always go with the gut Thumbs Up
     
  13. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I don't know his cost on salt

    If I guess $150 on salt per visit