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Commercial bid tips?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by zutecht, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. zutecht

    zutecht Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Hello im new to the web site. Figured this is pretty sweet deal. Anyways i have always done residential work and skid work for my boss. I have been mowing residentialy and commercialy for two years and now i want to do snow! I was curious as how you go about bidding a small gas station parking lot.

    I have a skid and a truck.
  2. DCS MN

    DCS MN Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    How often?
  3. zutecht

    zutecht Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    -every 1 inch
    - has to be hauled out( not every snow fall)
    - as to size i could not say in square feet but i want to say its a quarter to half acre that needs to get to pushed.
    - one truck and one skid opperating when snow falls on a 2 inch snow it would take 2 hours max!!
  4. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Don't even waste the time using the skid, a lot like that can be done in 20-30 mins with just a truck. Unless the lot has some crazy amount of difficulties, if so, I wouldn;t spend that much time (2 hrs with a skid and truck) for the amount you'll prolly get paid.
  5. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    All the help offered is great on this site. However, I have one suggestion on pricing. Calculate your costs per hour of operation for your company based on your overhead and expenses. I made the same mistakes for the first nine years I was in business. That mistake was asking what to charge. Unfortunately, we all have different overhead, expenses and use-rates. Thus all of our break-even costs are different.

    I have a CD called know why you charge what you charge that you simply enter your company data (such as cost for equipment, insurance, use-rates, etc) onto the spreadsheet and it will calculate your break-even costs per hour for your company. From that point, you ad what your particular market will bear for the service being offered. Visit our website at www.profitsareus.com or call me @ 800-845-0499 if you have any questions. We are also a sponsor on plowsite. We have a great snow & ice management bidding package available that includes a comprehensive snow & ice management manual, a CD full of different snow templates for contracts, bidding, proposals, etc and a CD Quick Estimator for snow & ice management that calculates per push, seasonal and flat rate pricing. It also calculates hand-labor, deicing material rates and liquid applications rates as well.

    It is simple, accurate and professional. You can calculate costs per hour of operation for any service you offer such as mowing, landscaping, fert. & weed control etc.