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just looking to compare thoughts

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by tkrepairs, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    i have finally gotten around to doing the google earth / microsoft virtual earth thing and want to see what is out there for opinions on pricing for some lots that i currently do. at the current rates i have i am covering my costs and making a good amount of payup but think im a bit on the low side considering what i do. anyway, please comment on the lots and what you'd charge, remember i have a pickup with 8' plow, no wings, no salt or sand, and i will try to describe anything needed about each pic.
     
  2. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    Lot # 1

    this one is an apartment building. tight space to plow. all snow goes to the back right corner, and the cleanout of the end of the driveway gets stacked at the end. not all cars get moved each time so there is some maneuvering, and i charge more everytime not all cars get moved at least for the final cleanout for the hassle. i have to shovel a little bit, a couple of short stairways and a short walkway, maybe 15 feet long not very wide.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23184257@N03/2219204661/
     
  3. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    haven't seen the pix but if your making good $$$$ why change things? one thing i do know that it looks like you only have one truck? if you always stay with one truck you will always make GOOD money and always be on the LOW side of the bid. when you get a large shop with 10-15 trucks you will always make very little $$$$ and you will always be on the HIGH side of bids. i think this applys to roofing, landscaping and probably snow plowing too.......my 2 cents..
     
  4. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    Lot # 2

    this one is a vacant building. just need to plow for the fire code. takes approx. half hour to do if i can hit it before 5:30am, after that RT. 1 traffic is stupid. i wait til the end of the storm and push this only once, unless a ton of snow is expected, i dont like to work harder than i have to. also doesnt have to be super clean, just access for fire department, and the owners drop by once in a while for unknown reasons.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2219997466&size=o
     
  5. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    Lot # 3

    this is also an apartment building, but my cousin is the super and when he says move, cars get moved :) so thats not a problem. two separate drives, really easy. the ground just doesn't like to freeze for some reason so ive been getting a bit of grass each time :dizzy: oh well its not on purpose and he doesn't care. i dont either, it was contracted that i dont do landscaping lol just snow removal and losing some grass is an occasional occurance. plenty of room to push snow out back, and i fill the ditch. already had a run-in with the retaining wall, luckily at about 0.5mph.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2219203679&size=o
     
  6. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    Lot # 4

    this one takes about 20 minutes. lots of maneuvering for my truck, its kinda long for this one. driveway has some curves and the owner has the stupid steel driveway markers all over the place. its not as difficult as i originally thought it would be but there is a lot of turning the truck to get around various trees and getting into the cutout to the left.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2219203583&size=o
     
  7. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    Lots 5 & 6

    fortunately these two are next to each other. the bottom one is on an upward slope and for some reason is always slippery. no problem putting snow into upper right corner. i try to keep snow banks at the road to a minimum for vision reasons, both plowing and the owner. the top one is a little more difficult as there is little room to put the snow to the right in the back, and the driveway opens up shortly after pulling in, and its difficult to swing the truck in there around the driveway markers. damn those things! some wings would be nice so i dont lose what i back drag from the garage and immediately have to crank it to the right.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2219203265&size=o
     
  8. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    test post

    after the fact i saw something, just seeing if this works....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/23184257@N03/2219203265/" title="carriage way - surrey lane by tkrepairs, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2137/2219203265_afc1be354c_o.jpg" width="447" height="521" alt="carriage way - surrey lane" /></a>

    --sorry, guess that doesn't work here
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2008
  9. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    because if there's more to be made, why not make it? all of my customers seem to really appreciate my work, send their payments within 3 days of receiving the bill, and always thank me and tell me i do great work or am a lifesaver. either i do really good work, which i hope i do, my prices are stupid low, which i hope they're not, or i got really lucky with my customers.
     
  10. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i wouldn't change a thing.....you make good $$$$ and your customers are very happy!!! keep up the good work....
     
  11. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    anybody have any thoughts for pricing these jobs?

    you see heres the deal - to me its good money.... but its all relative, im looking to average the amounts from others' opinions and see where i am at on that scale. what i make may not be all that impressive compared to everyone else.

    to me it wouldnt be a good feeling to be the guy that everyone talks about saying - 'oh i'll have him do it, he's so much cheaper than everyone else' - ya sure i'd get all kinds of business but i don't want to be an ass about it. but most importantly i dont want to short change myself. gotta look out for ol' el numero uno right?
     
  12. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    does anybody have a $ for these places? 6 days and no answers i know you guys that have looked at this have thought about it!!!