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Bid per inch

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by FISHERBOY, Aug 6, 2010.

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    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    Just wondering who bids per inCH, i hav a new place and they were asking for a per inch price, a large lot at leaSt a backhoe with a pusher and 3 trucks, i was thinking about a $1,000.00 per inch
  2. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Tough call. I usually just increase the pricing in increments. Where's the deepest part of the lot?
  3. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    how many ac is the lot? is it cut up or open?
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Does your 1,000 dollars per inch include salt? Does it have to be done by a certain time? Is the lot wide open, or does it go the whole way around the building? Is there a place to stack snow? Your asking such an open ended question, there is no way it can be answered without alot more detail. Let us know, I am sure someone here can help.
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    How big in acres and how long do they expect it to take? A broken up lot will take longer even if the acreage dictates a certain amount of time...........
  6. tman3007

    tman3007 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    We plowed by the inch exclusively and with great success with this format.

    We had a 24 hour Walmart out here in Colorado. The reason I feel comfortable telling you our rates is because USM just took over and I have no desire to work for them and their "minimum wage" rates.

    Anyways, here is exactly how we billed out our store for the past 3 years. We had two trucks and 2 shovelers on this site and that's all!!! Our skid was on site for pushbacks but that was at the end of the event.

    $2500.00 for 0-4" (1x)

    $3750.00 for 4-8" (1.5x)

    $5000.00 for 8-12" (2x)

    $500 for every inch over a foot

    I also had a clause that if the snow event was a long and slow storm, our rates started over every 8 hours to protect our time. Cuz they wanted us there to manage the aisles, entrances and walkways through the duration of any long daytime events. We certainly didn't mind that either.

    Salt was not included in this pricing. We charged $200.00 per ton of salt applied. Average amount of salt applied per event was approx 2.5 - 3 tons. So we could bill out over $3000.00 for one small store in less than 3 hours and be on our way to our other locations. It was a great run while we had the store. By the way, we had ZERO complaints from management in 3 snow seasons regarding billing.

    This was definitely a money making store for us. A 0-4" event took us almost exactly 2.5 hours to complete from beginning to end.

    Our store was isolated in a smaller town up in the mountains at 8500 feet. That is why I bid the property this way. We had TONS of small events (1" or less) so this was great for our bottom line. However, Colorado Springs which was 30 minutes away had tons of Walmart locations and all the companies down there billed by the hour or had a flat rate contract. That simply wasn't what we wanted to do.

    Per inch can be a very profitable way to go if you have a zero tolerance account and both parties understand the billing process. Best of Luck!

  7. mcabell

    mcabell Junior Member
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    That is some great info. I am about to bid a site that is about 290,000 square feet (6.5 acres).

    Your pricing model is exactly what I was looking for, and the numbers that I came up with were pretty close to yours.
    This is my 1st time bidding on a job like this, we have commercial properties but the contracts were existing when I came to the company.

    My question is how large was this walmart that you serviced? Anything close to the 6.5 acres?

    Thanks in advance (its great to see someone share some pricing info on this site, everyone thinks that someone is out to get them but in reality there are plenty of parking lots for us all to plow)
  8. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    $500.00 an hour for a truck is nice. I wouldnt work for usm and their peanuts either if i was making that kind of money.
  9. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Nice! :salute:

  10. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    plowing for $500/hour salting at $.10 per lb. :dizzy:
  11. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    We have a new hero! :salute:
  12. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Plowing a $60 an hour salting at $1 pr table spoon
  13. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    I have never done by the inch pricing before and I have an account to bid-out this way, my question is if its 1-3, 3-5,-5-8, 8+ and time and material......the price for 3-5 should be time and a half of the 1-3 and the 5-8 is double the 1-3?? secondly it its a 4inch event, thats the price they are charged(160) or if its 7 inches thats the price charged(220)....flat rate???? time and material is what I charge by the hour???
    110 160 220 270 time and material is $110...would that be right??? no salt just plowing.....help me out here guys sorry if this is confusing
  14. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    This isnt rocket science, you charge what you plow. :dizzy:
  15. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    Thanks for being an a$s about it, along with everyone else on this forum who already has the answers people are looking for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    Question asked and answered, how about "thank you?"
  17. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    I forgot the thank you, sorry
  18. nickmessina

    nickmessina Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    how much would you charge for a parking lot that i can do in 3 hours with 2 inches of snow with L30 volvo with a 12 foot snow pusher 900? for first two inches then a additional 300 evrey 2 inches more
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