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What would your price be?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by tdog206, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    I have a chance to bid on three more lots all in the general area of my route. All three are commercial. How would you bid these to get them. All the owners I spoke with said they would give me the job if I can beat the price they paid last year. All will be a per push plow only with a 2" trigger. The pics have the square footage of each lot. All of them are easy pushes with no obstacles. I have some prices in mind, I just want some opinions to see if I am in the ball park. Thanks.

    Browne's Liquor.jpg

    china garden 1.jpg

    CS Hollis 1.jpg
     
  2. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    Did they give you the prIce they paid last year???
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Tell your not interested in bidding lower then the other guy. Then tell him you'll bid it your way and see what he says.
     
  4. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Unfortunately no, that would make it much easier.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Doesn't matter what he tells you,won't be the real price anyway. He'll then take your bid and go back to the other guy, This a sandfly or Chinaman?
     
  6. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Good point, not looking to lowball anybody just want to give them a fair price. Hey Grandview, I know your big on the seasonal pricing and I have never priced that way before. I was wondering if I should try to get a seasonal rate on the small lot in the last picture because it should take all of 10 minutes to service. Pros and cons on it?
     
  7. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Your right on the money, one is a Chinese restaurant. I would prefer to just place and accurate bid.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    go seasonal on all three, higher on the 2 bigger ones and tell him half price on the small one.
     
  9. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    There is a different owner for each lot but I am still considering offering each one a seasonal contract as well as a per push quote.
     
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    It only makes it easier if the lowest price is their only criteria, face it you're not special, there will be others they made this offer to including the guy who did it last year. They will play all of your bids off each other and sign the lowest schmuck. Submit your price plus the advantages of signing with you.
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    How not to bid scared. Go up to him and ask him what he wants to pay, no matter what, say no,even if its higher then what your think.
     
  12. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Your both absolutely right. Great advice.
     
  13. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    That never happens...
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Must mean me, not available in Canada,
     
  15. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Offer to plow in exchange for Chinese food.
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Where did you come from, and no you weren't with my daughter!:gunsfiring:
     
  17. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    My minimums, here in my market, $120, $65, $35.
     
  18. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Thats a good idea on the food payment, although it could backfire if I go there first. Fill up on Chinese and one of my other customer's will find me sleeping in my truck in their lot in the morning.
     
  19. tdog206

    tdog206 Member
    Messages: 36

    Thanks Buswell for your minimum numbers in your area, thats a big help on pricing.
     
  20. ss502gmc

    ss502gmc Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    $140, $90, $50- but in your town people are cheap as f*** so it'll prob be more like $25,$40,$75. I used to help a buddy out plowing in that area years ago and I knew his rates and it's a good thing I was young and liked to plow because it really wasn't to make a pay day in the end.