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commercial lots salt included

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by chachi1984, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. chachi1984

    chachi1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    hey, I have 2 brick furniture lots right now both are monthly yr rd property maintenance, they pay per month for plowing and lawncutting , salt included,

    I have potential to get a few more other commercial lots around the same size and salt usage, they want a monthly yr rd maintenace , plowing/salting lawn maintenance
    would you guys give them a fixed amount per month winter and summer and say the salt is included???

    I feel that a place like this wants all yr maintenance, pay one fee per month salt included
    but my brother thinks we should quote to per month plowing/lawn main but they pay the salt, but i feel they want to know much is going to cost and u can give them a proper answer cause u dont know how much salt your going to use

  2. snorider075

    snorider075 Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Average your winters. your gonna have low snow winters and snowy winters.
  3. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    If that's what they want, give it to them.
  4. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Take the last 5 years of salt usage for your area and figure out how many salt events you will have and give yourself a small buffer and apply it to your estimate. Like already stated it all averages out in the end .
  5. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    You and your brother need to have an understanding of what the client wants/is asking for. It kind of seems you two are throwing guesses out there as to what they are looking for.

    If the client doesn't know what they want, this is your opportunity to educate him/her.

    Your first problem is you'll never know unless you have a meeting of the minds with them.

    I also suspect you are having difficulty formulating and coming up with an average that you can pinpoint and live with.