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Still working on pricing this, need some help.

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by BHLC, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. BHLC

    BHLC Member
    Messages: 43

    I am bidding on a job that has 10 locations over 45 miles. It will range from one stop with only 20lbs of salt to one with 2000 lbs of salt. I normally charge $200/ton in place. this one will take 3315lbs each time I spread. Being that it is not all at one location and is spread over an entire area how would you bi the salt portion. I can get a ton at $96. and figure $.048 a pound. I figure to charge $.10 a pound in place. $332.00 per event. Too low?
     
  2. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Sounds way too low. How long do you estimate it to take for a complete round? Figure an hourly rate for your rig and add in materials. We have a salt route that takes about 2 hours to complete with about 2000lbs of material, probably 30-35 miles roundtrip, gross is just over $800.
     
  3. BHLC

    BHLC Member
    Messages: 43

    3-3 1/2 hours to complete. That was my thought. I have already quoted them $200 a ton but they need more detail per location.
     
  4. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I don't know your area but I have no problem getting $.20/lb here on large lots. We get more for the smaller lots and it depends in if we're doing walks also. Just size up each location, figure 15-20lbs per 1k sq ft, and multiply by your rate. I think you'll do better by breaking it into separate prices rather than a lump sum. This way the customer gets to see everything they're getting for their money rather than "This guy is throwing down 3000 lbs of salt and making $300."
     
  5. BHLC

    BHLC Member
    Messages: 43

    good advice, thank you.
     
  6. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    With all of the driving you still should have a minimum price per stop. We have a minimum for any location.
    Or you could have a .25 ton minimum something along those lines.