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need help quoting a job for a commercial customer in Maine

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by fordf350super, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. fordf350super

    fordf350super Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    thanks for helping me in advance
    i have a commercial neighbor that has seen my equipment and hired me previously for the last two years. The first year i charged them nothing because the owner was having health issues. Second year after he got better but still had big bills i charged him 50$ for plowing and 50$ for sanding. my question is now that his business is thriving and i cant do things for free anymore what should i charge him?
    his parking lot is 330 feet long by 65 feet wide a perfect rectangle with a sign on one side and two entrances that are on a major highway. he likes it plowed before they open at 8am.when its icy or slick throw sand down. last year i bought a kubota l3240 with enclosed cab and charged him 100$ to knock down the snow bankings and move the snow piles back.
    so my question is What should i charge him

    1. For just plowing the paved 330 x 65 parking lot?
    2. for sand/salt the 330 x 65 parking lot ? i pay 35$ per yard of sand salt mix
    3. and how much should i charge for using my tractor?
    thanks for your imput
  2. ss502gmc

    ss502gmc Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    I'd be around $80-$100 per push depending on the aggravation factor of clearing the entrances. And around $60-$70 per application of sand salt mix and straight salt would be double that. That's less than 1/2 acre to service. I'm not sure how long it would take with the tractor but with a truck and a 8 ft blade would be around 25 min to plow.
  3. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I would be at $100 a push, and $80 a sanding. I would say you have earned the right to make a buck.
  4. Daddyworbucks

    Daddyworbucks Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Anything I bid for salt this year I will keep in mind the salt prices and informing customers of the salt situation helps them understand the increase. Now ........go and make some money!!!!!!!!