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Out Bid!

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by PrecisionS&I, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 73

    I'm just throwing this out there to see what you guys think. I have already bid this property and was told I was considerbly higher than there previous contractor "Who did a great job" per the facility manager. Tell me what you think this should have been priced at.

    2" Trigger Gave 2 options of -Seasonal salt or calcium per application and Per push for lot Per time for sidewalks and salt and calcium per app.
    Commercial property- 85,003 total square feet. Building on the west parking lot to the east, parking lot is broken up with employee parking on the north end at 29,668 sq ft, 414 long entrance drive up hill at 12,865 sq ft, and at truck dock area with 20 overhead doors and total of 42,470 sq ft. Sidewalks total 2400 sq ft.

    Trying to gage to see if I'm way off or the other guy is giving away his service.

    Thanks.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Have a pix of this place?
     
  3. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 73

    No sorry. Also we average 25 events a year for our seasonal contracts.
     
  4. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 73

    Pic.

    I hope this works.
     

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  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    What would you be plowing with? whats your estimated time to complete? how much salt were you planning on putting on per app? how long to complete the sidewalks?
     
  6. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 73

    Mike, I just looking for what you guys think this should be bid at, what you would charge for the above property. I was told I was to high and I feel the other contractor is giving it away if he is considerably lower than me.
     
  7. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Thats why I was asking all these questions....the current contractor might come in with a loader and hes done in 20 minutes... you might be plowing with a s-10 and its going to take you alot longer......

    if you feel hes "giving it away", then so be it you cant compete (maybe hes got a good paying account close by and can do this one discounted because all his equipment is in the area?...Ive done that before). if something like the above scenerio is true and hed make X amount for 20 minutes work (while making his margins) and you have to charge Y for many hours work to make your margins he'll be lower everytime while still making his margins...
    every co will have different costs/profit margins.....
    as your seeing, he's "giving his service away" but as long as hes making his margins he'll continue to be happy (and the account will be also)
     
  8. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    if the other contractor did great work for a better price then why are they entertaining new bids????
     
  9. lilpusher

    lilpusher Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 140

    Hoping for a lower bid to use as leverage to get the current guy even cheaper. SOP