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Re: Home Depot

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jax1013, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. jax1013

    jax1013 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Can anyone please tell me if US Maintenance has the contract for Home Depot. The reason i ask is they called me on Friday and asked for a bid. I did some research and spoke with a guy from Long Island that has 5 Home depots. He has never heard of US Maintenance. He deals directly with the HQ. I thought if they had the stores they would have all of them . If your interested in what they offered:
    1"-3" =$300
    3"-6" = $405
    6"-9" =$510
    9"-12" =$620... $120 salt application. I got a good laugh at these #'s...I multiplyed everything by 4 and faxed it back. Needless to say i haven't heard from them..the stores are 70000 sq ft and 95000 sq ft. They said even though they are different sizes its still the same price...Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..
    JM
     
  2. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    sound's pretty cheap
     
  3. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    A friend of mine does the local one here and he was contracted through Home Depot themselves. Personally, I wouldn't even start my truck for the prices that you mentioned. You sound like you're in the ball park by multiplying them by 4.
     
  4. JRDabs

    JRDabs Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    US Maintenance is based out of West Chester PA. Very Similar to DENTCO (National Property Maintenance Company). They acquuire Large Accounts and sub the work out. I cant believe those prices! They seem to be extremely low. It is my understanding that they did acquire alot of the Home Depot Sites as well as most of the NE Target stores. How many Sq. Feet is the site?
     
  5. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529


    And they probably sub it out for 1/8 of the price they get for it. Sub contracting is big money in many fields including snowplowing. I am just a small timer doing a few driveways but I would never even consider working for one of those contractors. You do the work and they make the money :nono: .
     
  6. North Country

    North Country Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    US does not have the Depot's in our area, we were dealing with someone else. Those prices are ridiculous!

    There is no way you could even hit the insurance requirements for that money! - Stay Away! - michael
     
  7. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    I hope those are ...Per hour....rates and not flat rate !!!!! BTW $120 to salt a HD parking lot ROFLMAO :redbounce
     
  8. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I helped a frined out last year plomwg/saltnig one here in NJ. He's contracted through HD themselves.

    Those rate are umm, a little off though!!
     
  9. jax1013

    jax1013 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    If you can believe it those quotes were per event...not even per-push..I'm going to do as you guys say is best and it seems like stay away from it is the best thing to do.. Thanks for the input..be safe..
     
  10. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    I would give them your bid and tell them "Honestly, if you can get it done for that price than I would go for it. Unfortunately, you will not get as good a quality service as you will from me. I hope all works well and I hope to hear from you soon." Also state that if he calls you in the middle of the season because the other contractor walks away from the job the prices MAY change.
     
  11. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I thought someone asked earlier how long it would take to plow a parking lot. The response was 1 acre per hour. That smaller lot is less then 2 acres. With this is mind can it not be done in under 2 hours with a 3"-4" snowfall. The salting price is way off. I would salt that for $300/visit and my cost with bulk salt would be approx. $100. In and out in 15 minutes max. Fire away!
     
  12. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    home depot??

    i wouldnt waste my time they have called me a few times an they sub everything out to another maint. company an there headquarters is in ashland kentucky . i talked to the guy last year an there prices are dirt cheap . i wouldnt do home depot here on a 1-3 inch snow for less than 800 no less hell they have 5 acres of parking!! then the worst is they make ya wait 3 months for a check !!
     
  13. wakesetter2001

    wakesetter2001 Member
    Messages: 58

    I have a friend that plows the local Home Depot. They use big equipment, Cat Grader with a 14' blade, Deere Backhoe, Deere 744 front end loader, and a Deere 247 tracked skid steer. I don't know his price to the dollar but each piece of equipment has an hourly rate between $90 an hour to $200 an hour (not per push or event) I believe that with all his equipment running HD is being charged around $600 an hour. This doesn't include the salting in front of the main entrance and exit to the buildings, I have no idea what he gets for that. Anyway last year HD wanted them there if there was 1" or more snow, a normal storm was costing them around $10000. When we asked why they wanted us there with only 1" of snow and told the manager what it would cost him for us to be there he stated and I quote "Do you know what it would cost me if someone slips and falls out here!!!"

    Give them what it is worth, if they don't want to pay you to do the job right they will pay some other way (Lawsuit) and next year think twice when you tell them the same price.