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Pricing Walkways

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by chcav1218, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    What is the best way to price shoveling a walkway? Lenth? Area? or should I just give what I think is a fair price?
     
  2. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    i go with how long its going to take. then you need to decide how much you need to make per hour for your time shoveling the walks and go from there. i have a guy doing them for me for 15 an hour so i need to be able to pay him 15 an hour while he is out with me and then make a little on it too.
    hope that helps
     
  3. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    yeh i was just wondering cus I've got one parking lot at and office building and the guy had asked me about doing a walkway and a few stairs.
     
  4. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    id say just go with what you think is fair to get fro your time. or if youre hiring someone then make sure youre getting enough to pay them/earn a profit. are you using a blower or a shovel that should affect the price i would think
    good luck and ill let you know about that backup guy tomorrow
     
  5. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Don't bust my chops but...

    I make the same $$ shoveling walks as I do plowing snow. Basically, when I look at a property, I decide how long it will take to do everything; plow, shovel, snowblow, whatever, from beginning to end and then multiply that time by my hourly rate and presto!
     
  6. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    that works too and its actually a pretty good idea. except since im all residential as of right now i dont have an hourly rate so to speak
     
  7. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    That all sounds good. I'm going to take a look at the lot one day this week. The guy that used to plow it is retiring and is hookin me up. Once I look around I'll figure out what I'm gonna do. And thanks kyle
     
  8. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Most of the front walkways that I do in Residential work are $5-$15. Occasionally a $20 comes along, but walkways generally arent that big. Sometimes at $10 people dont want to pay. Its not a huge money maker, but it is a HUGE convenience.
     
  9. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    You are loosing productivity waiting on a shoveler.
     
  10. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    well im not exactly super busy and hes a good friend so well see how it goes and if worst comes to worst ill just jump out and do it myself. the plan was drop him, plow the drive and we should be done close to the same time. if i have to wait a minute it gives me time to fill out paperwork and make sure i log everything.
     
  11. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,876

    yeah, what he said :salute:
     
  12. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    I really hate shoveling :realmad: but its a necessary evil , if we won't shovel the other guys will. All seasonal rates, avg 15 events/ 235cm/ 94", fighting to get $75 for a 3' x15' walk because " that's the going rate" that 3+ other companies are/were doing it for . Competitors have already dropped to $50 and in one co. case FREE, He charges $35 more for the driveway basically and includes "free" walkway clearing.
    Still $35 bucks 15 events = $2.33 per shovel :eek:
    I started quoting @ $150 for walks in sept, lost tons of new business to shovel pricing, did a 50% discount and refuse to go below $75.
    Which is a whopping $5 per shovel, big whoop, so unless my 2 men crew bang off 10+/hr its a money pit. Not good. :angry:
     
  13. reodo

    reodo Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1

    I have to price (walkways only) that would take about 5hrs, 2guys and 1 walk behind snowblower each. Can someone tell how this should be priced? And I was thinkinking for this amount of walkways would it be beter to use 4x4 atv with a plow?