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Sidewalk Help!

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by M & MD Lawn, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Hey Guys, Hope you all are doing well!

    I normally don't do sidewalks for commercials and don't bid them, but I bid a business which has 3 locations and in the beginning they didn't want sidewalks at all three locations only at the smaller one. I was going to bid at $45 per hour for the walks, using two blowers. They now want all the locations sidewalks done, which i don't have a problem with and equipped for but I want to make sure I am not lowballing myself.

    Im not sure if hourly is a safe bet, id like to think so or do I go with by the foot? I am looking for some feedback and some numbers that would be competitive, given my inexperience at bidding walks, long walks anyway. I would assume also that you would only use the length not length x width for the walks?

    Measurements are below, I measured straight walking (linear) and each walk is about 5ft wide.

    Location 1- 602 linear feet
    Location 2- 573 linear feet
    Location 3- 167 Linear feet

    I have some number s in my head but I'm not sure if I'm low or high

    thanks for the help in advance!!
  2. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    53 looks and nobody has any help, now cmon. And yes I searched, nothing came up of help
  3. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    I'll take a jab

    Location 2, 3000 sq ft per hr with blower, little under an hour labor, round up to $60 per 1~3"?
  4. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    ^That is the right track. I would not bid those hourly. Figure out how long it will take then multiply that times your desired hourly for flat rates.
  5. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,838

    flat rate, up to X inches, then add 50% for next inch tier
  6. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 688

    Wish every contract I had, had no sidewalks.
    I charge per inches and the rate I use is how long it would take to clear it.
    sidewalks take 1 hour to clear.
    1-3.9 $65 plus rock salt, say 2 bags $30 = $95
    Every 3 inches it's another $65 added and 2 bags of rock salt at the end.
  7. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,714

    I figure 2500 square feet per hour with one blower. 2-4 inches.