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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Erik1981, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Erik1981

    Erik1981 Member
    from MN
    Messages: 55

    Do any of you have a generic formula you use to figure out how much time it will take you to do a certain amount of square footage? This would be mostly for driveways and small lots or roadways.
    We have snow blown in the past and price driveways based on how many cars fit in it. I think I will do the same for plowing driveways but there will be no detail work (plowing only, no shoveling) so it will be a little cheaper than what we charge for blowing.
  2. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    formula is calculated by the amount of money you want to make after expenses.
  3. Erik1981

    Erik1981 Member
    from MN
    Messages: 55

    NO KIDDING...I know what I want to make... I did not ask a thing about money... I asked how to calculate time...
  4. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    It's just a gut feeling. I look at a drive, and say to myself "$30" or whatever I think it's worth. And I arrive at that by a rough educated guess at the time involved.
    My drives are random in size from 40' long and 10' wide to 300' x 12'...on average, a simple private drive is about 12 minutes from arrival to leaving for the next job.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Your 1st mistake is "cheaper" then snow blowing.Why are you lowering your price? I look at a property and say xxx for the season.
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    No formula, just experience!
  7. Erik1981

    Erik1981 Member
    from MN
    Messages: 55

    Reason, I would go less dollars than allowing is because our blowing service includes shoveling everything clean infringement of garage doors and front doors. Plowing service will be driveway only with no shoveling, do you think I can get the same money?
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If they are new customers,the old ones will be a little harder to sell plowing only for more money.
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Depends on how much you're charging whether you can get the same price.
    I wouldn't have a sq footage price. If it's 20 feet wide you'll be there the same amount of time whether it 45, 50 or 55 feet long.
  10. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    It really is a gut feeling thing for driveways. You could have 2 that are the same size but one will take 2x as long.