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Per push question

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by GreenscapesWV, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV Junior Member
    from wv
    Messages: 13

    CURRENTLY WON BID ON 6 APARTMENT COMPLEXES AND AM TRYING TO SETMY ACCUMLATION CHART. THE PER PUSH PRICE COVERS UP TO 5" OF SNOW. iF THERE IS OVER 5" OF SNOW HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE PER 3-5" OF SNOW ACCUMULATION? MORE SNOW MORE TIME OBVIOUSLY AND I DONT WANT TO TAKE A LOSS. WHAT RULE OF THUMB ARE YOU GUYS USING WHEN SNOW EXCEEDS THE PER PUSH ACCUMULATION? THANKS IN ADVANCE!1

    2002 CHEVY 2500 HD POWER V 8.2
     
  2. highlander316

    highlander316 Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    was your bid written in all caps? Also, how did you win the bid if you didn't submit numbers?
     
  3. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV Junior Member
    from wv
    Messages: 13

    I put in a per push price in the contract i will put the accumulation chart
     
  4. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Ok, im learning the same thing tonight. Most guys add 50% of their base push price for each tier. From what I can tell. Im using this method for properties I've done before and it seems pretty close

    Ie
    1-4 100 dollars
    4-6 150
    6-8 200
     
  5. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Well if you are allowed to change your bid after acceptance, I would have your up to 5" price then charge double for 5.000001-5.000002" then double it again for 5.000003-5.000004" and so on....I gotta get me some customers like this.....
     
  6. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Heck, don't get crazy, really you should go 5.000001-5.000003
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    My question on the per push with an increase is, where were you for the first 5 inches and why should they pay more because your late. Man,I like seasonal contracts!
     
  8. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    never thought of this... HOW TRUE! wtf, do you just add total storm accumulation? or how much is on the ground when you push? that would suck ass to push a 5-10" deep snow all at once.:realmad:
     
  9. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV Junior Member
    from wv
    Messages: 13

    this particular complex only wants plowed once a day no matter what! so if icome at 9am monday and it snows 9" monday night and tuesday theres that much snow..all others want me there 2"
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Dump them ,not worth it.
     
  11. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    The whole pricing per inches thing is way too much trouble and leaves room for the customer to argue. Either go seasonal or flat rate per storm.
     
  12. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    Agreed. I don't like per inch pricing as it isn't the customer's choice how much snow is there during a storm. Seasonal/monthly or per storm (push).

    I have seasonal/monthly with 3 inch trigger and per storm.

    During big storms I cruise around during the day for quick $20 jobs to clear the apron of the driveway where the road plow passed. Use that as my marketing tool to get more contracts.
     
  13. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Those were great, but I never looked for them. Some schmuck would be there exhausted and I'd get waived down. I used to knock a couple of those out every storm or so. That would be my gas and coffee payup I never got any actual customers from that though.
     
  14. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    I've gotten a few customers from doing that. It doesn't work all the time, but I'm making money and marketing at the same time. Usually I'll just get the "big storm customers" that want service for a foot of snow or more when it really comes down.
     
  15. bigstumpyd

    bigstumpyd Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    My contract says every 3 inches is x amount of dollars. So if we get 6 inches of snow I plow two times. at 3 and 6 inches.
     
  16. james.j.smith

    james.j.smith Senior Member
    from 19033
    Messages: 145

    Dont want to sound dumb I'm trying to figure out the best wat to provide a estimate, just in case I ever need to or want to.

    what if the officaial snow count is 5" or 5.5? you would plow at 3 and again at 5" ?
     
  17. Plowman52

    Plowman52 Senior Member
    from Flint
    Messages: 146




    you should always give a formal estimate so both partys know whats going on.