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Pricing 3 commercial lots

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by gazoneyo, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    How's my pricing on these lots?
    I'll be using a full size pickup with an 7-1/2 ft plow.

    Lot 1 - 1 acre. 2 light poles. $60.

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    Lot 2 - 1.15 acres. no light poles. $55.

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    Lot 3 - 1.5 acres. various islands, light poles. $120.

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    Lots will be mostly empty when being plowed.


    EDIT: for some reason, I can't see the images I posted. You can see them if you right click and choose open.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014
  2. schroederma

    schroederma Junior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 5

    sounds cheap. what area are you located in? reason I ask is im from rural Dayton oh area and going rate is $75 -$125 hr depending on equipment and area.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014
  3. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    South Dakota. I'm basing my pricing on 1 acre per hr @ $60 per hr for mostly wide open lots and up to 4" of snow.
     
  4. schroederma

    schroederma Junior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 5

    $60 an hr is cheap.
     
  5. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Good to know. Thanks.
     
  6. fozzy

    fozzy Member
    Messages: 90

    Most subs in Minnesota get more than 60 bucks an hour.
     
  7. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    So, if $60 is cheap, is the going rate about $80 for SD, MN?
     
  8. skorum03

    skorum03 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,942

    Probably closer to $100 - $110

    A good sub can get paid $75/hr

    Edit: this is minnesota. St. Paul Metro area
     
  9. schroederma

    schroederma Junior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 5

    what kinda truck and plow do you have?
     
  10. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    The twin cities has a slightly higher cost of living then where I am. Those figures probably equate to about $85-$95.

    Truck - 1/2 ton Silverado Z71. Don't own the plow yet but most likely will get Sno-Way 26R.
     
  11. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    You are 1/2 of what I could charge here.
    So it depends on the rate in your area.




     
  12. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    You are way under the rate for any area.

    And the photo's didn't work because you posted the page URL not the Image URL
     
  13. gazoneyo

    gazoneyo Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    Thanks. I'll increase my prices.

    I did post links to the actual .png images but they were shared from Dropbox. I'll use a different image service next time.
     
  14. Buswell Forest

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

    Different areas mean different rates, but fyi...I make 150 to plow 3/4 of an acre of paved lot. It has 2 wide entrances, and various crooks and crannies, takes me 35 minutes @ 3".
    And, I charge more if it takes me longer than an hour...and they are happy with that. So, a 12" dump of wet snow doesn't kill my profitability.
    My truck and plow are listed in my sig. Larger equipment for sure helps me, but you are working for peanuts at those prices..
     
  15. NorthernProServ

    NorthernProServ PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,189

    You are way on the low end, my skid steer almost gets double that hourly rate!

    You should be able to raise it and still land the account!
     
  16. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have to ask how big is the light poles
    You showing 60 for acre and 55 for 1.15 acres no poles why is this one cheaper but its bigger then the one that has poles.
    Poles isn't a big deal to plow around
    Lot 3price should be your base price for acre and go up from that point.
    What trigger do you have on the lots?
     
  17. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,062

    You're comparing apples to oranges. Any heavy equipment should always charge more per hour than a truck. This is not a fair comparison.
     
  18. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,062

    You're comparing apples to oranges. Any heavy equipment should always charge more per hour than a truck. This is not a fair comparison. But then again, the guy doesn't even have a plow, so I don't expect him to know **** about pricing.
     
  19. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Way, way, way too cheap.