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How to price?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Native28, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Native28

    Native28 Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 6

    Im planning on buying a new truck this year for my business. And if im sure to get a contract with someone ill be buying a plow as well. Right now I only have a rear blade on my 3038 and a snow blower that I use clearing residential drives and sidewalks. Its a good hustle but im possibly going to be full time next year.

    My question is do I charge buy the job or set a hourly rate for myself? Just wandering whats the best way to get my foot in the door on a commercial bid? Thank you guys!
  2. whitegoldrider

    whitegoldrider Member
    Messages: 37

    In my area, operators/owners set a per push rate and the subcontractors get the hourly rates. Not a hard and fast rule but that's typically what I see up here.
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Its nearly all hourly here except government contracts, they are per push.
  4. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 435

    Personally I base a per push quote on an hourly rate. Like I try to maintain $150 an hour, now thats not saying Im making that but that covers expenses and pay.
  5. Native28

    Native28 Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 6

    Thanks guys!
  6. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I do it buy the size and how much snow there is. The going hourly rate around here is too low and it scares people when you tell them $160 an hour. But when you can bang out a small driveway and sidewalks for $44 in 10-15 min. that is what your hourly rate is.