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Remote Pricing

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by grassguy123, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. grassguy123

    grassguy123 Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 28

    Is there anyone out there that uses google earth to price out snow plowing. I have a customer that is a little bit far away. big parking lot. and i dont feel like driving all the way up there to price them out. i dont even know if they are serious
     
  2. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn Member
    Messages: 87

    Then how are you going to feel when you have to drive on snow covered roads with traffic to plow them? I always drive out to price a job.
     
  3. grassguy123

    grassguy123 Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 28

    We store equipment on big sites and hire 1 person to operate
     
  4. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Goiplow or Goilawn are what I've used for this purpose to give a ballpark price and screen the potential Client. But when it comes down to it, I always prefer to see the property first hand.
     
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I use goilawn to measure sites, but always visit in person. You never know what tractor trailers, sea containers, additions or changes are made to a site with a photo that could be years old. Here's an example Google earth has a date stamp in the bottom left corner of the image, the one for my home was taken in 2007, there was a large excavator on site then doing septic work, it's visible in the picture, along with a large disturbance area. First time I saw the house in August 2009 there was a lawn there and would never have known illegal septic work took place, luckily this .worked out well for me, but the opposite is just a possible.

    I use acreage as my guide in pricing, but most often find details that I'd have missed that add to my estimate over what I see on the aerial.
     
  6. adan

    adan Member
    Messages: 36

    I have used google maps/streets before to confirm an actual address of a customer/lot
     
  7. bristolturf

    bristolturf Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    yup. You can use those sites to get some measurements to help you determine the size of the lot, salt usage, timing and so forth. But you need to go to the site to view it. A lot of those photos are 3 years old if not older. That way you can get a feel for the lot, see where the curbs are, where to place the snow. Plus, you need to go up there anyways to stake it out.