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Am I Crazy?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by jwalker371, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. jwalker371

    jwalker371 Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 5

    I am considering giving a customer a bid for year round service to include all plowing, mowing, fer.spring/fall cleanups, and here is the crazy part all sanding and walkway service all for a monthly or season price. I have two seasons of records documenting the average but I just don't know if two seasons are adequate. I usually always t/m sanding and walkway de-icing. Any thoughts?
  2. jwalker371

    jwalker371 Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 5

    so everyone must be out plowing or something. huh?
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Never include sanding/salting with an all-inclusive contract. They'll expect WAY more than you counted on.
  4. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    I will never include salting or sanding in a contract price. So far this year I'm over 5x over what I estimated that I'd use for the entire season! Time & material or a flat rate is the only way to go.
  5. jwalker371

    jwalker371 Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for the input. After giving it much thought I came to the same conclusion.
  6. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    im going to answers your questions. yes your crazy. screw that
  7. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    write up a proposal listing each thing

    mowing $_________ (however you charge)
    Cleanup$__________ (however you charge) assuming this is for fall leave cleanup
    fertalizer$__________ per application or whatever per bag
    Plowing $__________ per push
    sanding $ __________ per ton
    salting $___________ per ton
    gas surcharge!!!! $$$$________________________ ill leave room for the millions place. lol

    hope that helps