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Which is which?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by billythekid, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. billythekid

    billythekid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I was just curious to see who does it which way. It seems to me there are multiple trains of thought when it comes to bidding. Some guys bid based on hourly production and some guys seem to bid based off of square footage. Of course some guys just sort of wing it as well and I know that everyone adds on a little bit of cushion or cuts a little out based off of the clients personality. SO which are you?

    Personally I am a square footage guy. When it comes to bidding most other things in my lawn care business and I plan to carry that over into my snow ventures.
  2. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    It is a combination of size, PITA and Just what is looks like it should cost.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    My thumb tells me what to bid.
  4. billythekid

    billythekid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I forgot to put the aggravation variable
  5. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,105

    Even from such a dark place???!Thumbs Up
  6. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,506

    There...I fixed it for ya. :)
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I do everything off of square footage ( per acre ) pricing. Then of course there is an upcharge for the pita factor.
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

  9. Kwise

    Kwise Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Estimated time involved x hourly rate, with a minimum of course. Plus of course a little guess of what they are willing to pay.
  10. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    It's both. I know what kind of production in terms of acres per hour my guys are capable of, so I use sqft to estimate time, x desired hourly rate, times PITA/travel surcharge.