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What to price this for plowing and salting

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by nicktw25, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    What would you charge for this office building? They want a per push and per salt price. Looks like it measures to 1.2 acres. Trying to see if my pricing lines up.

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  2. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Tell us your prices first and the equipment to be used. Thats how it goes normally if you want an answer.
     
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,169

    The property might be 1.2 acres with grass and building but not the parking.
     
  4. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    I estimated I would be using 800 pounds of salt for the lot. So I came in around $195 per salt application. For plowing, I came in at $145 per push plus $55 for shoveling front sidewalk only.

    Using a 06 Dodge 2500 with Western wideout and Western 2500 salt spreader.
     
  5. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    I agree, I don't think it can be that big unless it includes the building and some of the grass.
     
  6. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    Glad you caught that, I must of jacked something up on Findlotsize.com My new measurement for the lot is .632 acres. So would $120 be more in the ballpark for salting?
     
  7. RandallJ

    RandallJ Member
    Messages: 44

    about the size of my paved lot 17000-20000sq ft and that is about what they were charging me..
    Setback on the building from the street should be right around 150' for some kind of size reference
     
  8. Freshwater

    Freshwater Senior Member
    Messages: 900

    $400 per push with salt and walks on that lot??? That's extremely high around here.
     
  9. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    I revised the salt quote to $120.
     
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,169

    To be clear I am not a fan of breaking out the walks and lots separately, it invites your customer to "save" by getting someone else to do the manual work.... As much as I hate the walk work, I hate it more when I don't have control of it and it ends up in spaces I cleared causing me more work/money.
     
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Join Date: Dec 2012
    Location: Woods
    Posts: 27

    A cord of seasoned hardwood. :dizzy:
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    That's a 15 minute plow job on a 1-4" snowfall.

    Good for you if you can get between $500-600 per hour.
     
  13. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    Not sure if you read that I miss-measured the lot. Took the salt price down to $120. And I was charging an hour minimum for the plowing. Will it take an hour to complete? Of course not. Am I in the wrong for trying to be on the safe side?

    Also, I'm located in Indiana if it's bothering you that much. Thanks for the help Mark!
     
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  15. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    It doesn't bother me, but giving a location is extremely helpful. Prices in Jersey are probably close to 10x what they are in Erie. So it makes a difference.

    If you can get an hour minimum, good for you. Not happening in my world.
     
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,504

    Just off the top of my head I was thinking $100 to plow lot and $80 to salt. The walk looks like it will be buried with street snow every time the municipals blow through plowing the streets. Tough call on that, but for me I would charge $100. The walk will be a PITA.
     
  17. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    15 minute plow? I know you're good but I think you might be being a little optimistic.


    I was thinking 275-300 for everything. Plow salt shovel. And most of these people are from Michigan, I think they have the cheapest plowing prices in the nation, with buffalo area being pretty close.
     
  18. nicktw25

    nicktw25 Member
    from Woods
    Messages: 30

    I don't have to do the walk along the road way, just along the front of the building. I was thinking 15 minutes was a little quick as well... I appreciate the feedback!
     
  19. BRL1

    BRL1 Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 655

    My prices would be
    $150 2-4"
    $200 4-6"
    $275 6-8"
    $350 8+

    $215 for salt
    $55 bucks to drive my Walker across the walks

    One thing that wasn't stated that is important to me on this building is the loading bays. Do they need to be back dragged ? I know from experience those drift in good and can take longer to do than the whole lot.
     
  20. BRL1

    BRL1 Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 655

    Maybe that's not a dock. Just looked at the picture again