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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by doh, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Ok, 20 minute drive timeeach way, 1/2 mile rough dirt road. split between 4+ residents. Possabililty to get 3+ residents while there.

    Whats it worth?
  2. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    What's it worth?

    The road and travel has you for one hour at your hourly rate. Depending on the length of the drives you charge them each an additional $35,45, or 55. You quote your higher side prices to the three drives you have and tell them each that you'll knock-off $5 if they get the fourth on board with you. Let these people close the deal for you, either that or offer no discount and the fourth guy MAY go with the flow.
  3. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I want to give the call out people a break, i.e. the road signers @ $20 flat, and hope they sign up more for me
  4. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    A half mile of rough dirt road is rough on the equipment. At least the $20 each x 3 gets you $60 for the hour you will certainly have into your visit. Are you really adding the drives in for free? Depending on the size and difficulty of the drives, if you just made $60 per hour for the road, your hourly rate just took a big nose-dive in my opinion.
  5. Mick

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

    I base mine off $130/mi; then add for hills, curves and condition of road. Driveways would be extra. Make sure only one person is responsible for paying for the road. I'd also figure something for the drive time in the total.
  6. Jbowe

    Jbowe Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Rough on equipment

    Big Acres is correct. Rough roads are hard on equipment. I have one thats 3/4 of a mile long. I have photos posted of the one I do if you want to look. Don't underbid it or bid it cheap. Chances are that hes having a hard time finding someone that will show up on time anyway. That was the case with the one I have. I bid it high and he was happy to get me. Make sure you carry extra hyd hoses with you when your out there as well. Nothing worse then blowing a hose in the middle of no where and not being able to raise it. Good luck
  7. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343

  8. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343