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sub-pricing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by nuk, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. nuk

    nuk Junior Member
    from seattle
    Messages: 3

    Hi, I bought a Meyers LotPro a couple of years ago to augment our recycling business and I have it installed on my 2000 GMC 2500 4X4 long bed extended cab. The first year I got subbed by our landlord to plow some Home Depots for them. They paid me well I thought for the first time doing this. The next year no snow, but that happens a lot around Seattle. This year I have been contacted to be a sub for a chain of three warehouses. The general contractor wants to pay on a per event basis (plow every one inch accumulated, de-ice as needed), with an eight hour window between snows to qualify as a new event. It almost seems like using CaCl2 (no salt can be used around here) would be a more profitable way to keep the areas clear as opposed to plowing and shoveling. Would you guys agree? If so would flakes or liquids be better. I do not yet have a spreader or sprayer. The price they are offering seems low. One lot is about 34k sq.ft. the de-icing they value at $55/application, and snow removal at $52/inch. Another lot is 150k sq.ft. the de-icing they value at $180/application, and snow removal at $153/inch. Another lot is 327k sq.ft. the de-icing they value at $190/application, and snow removal at $160/inch. Thanks for any input. Nuk.
     
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Way to low. Just to look at the middle sized lot, 150,000 square feet is over 3 acres of lot. That alone should take aprox 3 hours of plowing time, and you should be looking at around a ton of de-icer material.
    If I was bidding that, I would be at 250 to 275 on the plowing, and 350 for de-icing.
    The 8 hours between snowfalls to count as a separate event is just plain stupid. I don't know what the weater is like there, but here if could snow for 24 to 48 hours straight. Does that mean you have to plow 4 or 5 times for the price of 1? I would pass before I plowed for that kind of money. It would be cheaper to stay home in bed then to go broke trying to make a buck.
     
  3. nuk

    nuk Junior Member
    from seattle
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the insight RC