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Is this too low?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by pancakes55, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    Pic 1 is .77 acres
    No shoveling
    Gravel lot
    Fence on both sides of lot
    3" trigger
    Snow dump is blue colored are

    $105

    Pic 2 is road and its plowed all the way to the business in the back
    All gravel
    3" trigger
    Snow dump is blue colored are

    $65

    $170 per push @ 3"
    $3570 per season

    Is this too low for a commercial or in the market?


    I do not own a sander (wish) not sure how to price it out. I know from asking around sand goes for $100/yd. With $75 minimum?
    How much for sand for each lot?

    tcm 1 - Copy.jpg

    tcm road 1 - Copy.jpg
     
  2. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Hard to say. If it can give you a decent profit, looks good to me. Only you know your expenses, and how much you need to charge. Congratulations on the work!
     
  3. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    It really depends on your part of the country, it seems like people from the Midwest (especially Michigan) plow almost for free. If you give us your location it will better help us give you an answer. Many people say to know your costs, but that only helps so much, you really need to know what your market will bare and charge as much as you can get away with in your market and then adjust your costs based on that.
     
  4. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    location is anchorage, alaska. 99523
     
  5. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    A great quote I heard once is charge as much as they are willing to pay. Lol
    I am more trying to figure out standards.

    The office lady said last year they plowed at 6" but at almost 1.5 acres thats a hell of a lot of snow to push. She wanst sure tho and said to bid the normal rate. I'm thinking if the owner insists on 6" trigger (being cheap) then 1.5x the price?
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,905

    Yup, kinda hard to do $50K in revenue in a 2 day storm on an 11.5 acre lot around here. Guess I should move to Phillie.

    PS If you think our pricing is low, you need to check into Erie, PA pricing.
     
  7. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 947

    That is low or the NYC/Long Island area, but as discussed its all goes by where you are...
     
  8. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    What would this be based on ny prices? Just curious
    tnx
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,702




    We don't plow for free in Michigan.......We plow for Beer and to impress the Girls with out Awesome Trucks and Plows......:salute:
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,905

    :laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  11. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 947

    Remembering as I am now on phone I would try to get $400.
     
  12. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    Wow. But it somewhat makes sense due to it being long island. Big $$$ there.
    I was upstate new york last year (1st time) beautiful country but I was surprised how cheap the labor rate was.
     
  13. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 947

    Ya - big expenses too!
     
  14. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    The pricing is so low here in Michigan that we are sponsored by an orphaned kid in Africa.
     
  15. pancakes55

    pancakes55 Junior Member
    from US
    Messages: 19

    Lol
    What would be MI price?
     
  16. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 947

    HAHA - Could ya see the spokesman looking all sad and showing us standing around rusted out old plows broken down on the side of the road.......:(