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I need help biding on 6 gas stations

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by jvitale, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    please give advice on biding on snow removal contract for the 09/10 season,the requirements are to keep all locations accessible 24/7 all locations have a convenient store, and some locations have car washes and laundry's. Some locations are larger than others although the size of the lot will be less of a factor in completion time than traffic, i imagine that each location will take me 2hrs including travel time from one location to another. The stores are located 15 mins north of Albany NY where i expect 15 snow events and some ice events as well. My thoughts were $1,000.00 per month per location, for 5 months $30,000 for snow plowing and each location is approximately 3/4 acre x 6 locations 4.5 acres $ 1,600. per acre for salt application = $7200. for a grand total of $37,200.00 for diamond service for this season. What do you think!!!!
     
  2. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416


    Your new ehhh? Im from Ohio and have plowed 9 gas stations for about 8 years and I will tell you they are a pain and if you haven't plowed any before its not your normal plowing. Good money dont get me wrong but just be prepared to deal with people that cant see the yellow strobe on your truck, I even put code 3 strobes in my station trucks and they will still pull in and block you. As for your pricing im not sure what your going rate is up in NY. Good Luck
     
  3. azandy

    azandy Member
    Messages: 73

    Exactly. We have plowed several C-stores for a long time and I think I might be free of them finally this year. Higher maintenance than my clinics and nursing homes. Make sure their open at 5 on Sunday AM when most others can wait and hour or two. We are guarented to have an accident of some kind in a busy c-store. People and cars everyware. As soon as you plow a spot for someone to park, they will park next to it. I shouldn't complain but these are kinda a pain. Especially if they have food and drive through attached. Here in WI where we are, most jobs like this are by the hour. It probably differs in other parts.
     
  4. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    Will not even bid gas stations !! to much to plow around, to many people, to much BS

    :dizzy:
     
  5. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Im with Paul on this one, you can't pay me enough to deal with all of the BS and people. I did it my first year and have not done one since. Around this part of Michigan they also don't want to pay what it is worth so I said NO.

    Regards Mike
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Abdul is only going to spend $37.54 for the season for all of them!


    How big are they can you throw up a overhead view?
     
  7. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Add me to the list of people who hate gas stations. I can't tell you how many times people would drive in right behind me. Also, I swear that the tank covers would be in a different place everytime I plowed :dizzy:
     
  8. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks to all, to give you more of my history,i had a residential route on long island for the last 17 years. I too avoided any commercial work where traffic was a problem, in December of last year i relocated to the Albany NY area and found out that just about every resident has there own snow blower so small res market to say the least, i need a decent commercial contract to attract more than just hourly work and to break into the market. Also really hated chasing my money working for other contractors..... i doubled the amount of time it would take me if there were no traffic to deal with. beggars cant be choosy, still looking for input on the price.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Again ,can you throw up a Google pix?
     
  10. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Then when you go to collect ur money, he says his cousin Hassan got tha money! lol ....& he's out of town! :laughing:
     
  11. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    trying to get the over head's up but cant figure out how to load from my desktop, duhhhh....
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Copy it to your computer then post it.
     
  13. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    yea, its not letting me ...ill get it sooner or later
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If your using Google Earth, go to file then save then to save image.
     
  15. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    one good thing, no habbibs, ali's, swammys, or alli babbas, just cheapskates of the American variety, haha
    I think ill have to insist on direct electronic payment on the 15th of every month with a 20% up front payment, i have always tried to stay in fount of the money curve. we will see, and I'm still trying to get the photos up...
     
  16. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    can't figure it out ck out 1588 rt 9 12065 this location is typical of all locations, perhaps the largest but all are similar.
     
  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Is it ok to post the pix?
     
  18. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    yes please
     
  19. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Here you go ,I think?

    gas station.jpg
     
  20. jvitale

    jvitale Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    That's it your awesome, thanks... this is typical, I think kind of easy..