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Guessing At Parking Lot Bid

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by drh76, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. drh76

    drh76 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I have a client that I do landscaping for, he moved to a new building with a sixty car, 15,000sq.ft. lot. He asked me to give him a price to plow. Having only done drives in past. A lot of them have been apartments on monthly bids. I have known this guy for a long time and he will go with what I say, a little hagaling aside. I realized I am just guessing at the price I came up with. I don't want to hose myself or the guy.
    Is there a general range for lot sq. ft. ? Shape is pretty basic. Snow average 60in.
  2. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    If you've know the guy for a long time, geez I'd say it wouldn't matter LOL.
    ok...figure one acre takes 45min -1 hour > your scope:15 minute job.
    whats your equipment worth? that said... I think it's worth $100.00 for up to 3"
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Ask him what he's been paying. If it sounds reasonable, match it.
  4. snowguys

    snowguys Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    i would bid it at like $120 to plow and 40 to salt
  5. cleansweep007

    cleansweep007 Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Better charge more for salt because charging that amount wont even cover your time out there. Normally we charge more for sand-salting then we do for plowing. Dont low ball yourself !
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Price it to make mony.
    It all depends on your operating costs and what snowplowing in your area is paying.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Very good advice.
  8. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    >They are a long term client. Make sure that they know they will be a reference as is needed.
    >Provide a price which is fair. With out a pict I can't say how complicated your lot is but, something like that is getting low balled as low as $60 around here, fair market is about 80-105. You might be around 90 for 1-3, then 30 for every 30 there after. You know what they are use to for landscaping so you have the advantage of knowing if they will choke on this.
    > lot should take about 30 minutes and use about 250# salt.

    >make sure you know their expectations, trigger, etc.
  9. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    To give you an idea on difference in markets, a 15 minute push here, probably would go for under $ 30/push, well under a $ 1,000 season, I shoot for $ 85-100/hr, with 8.5 Vplow, others bid at $ 50/hr, with straight blades. You need to find out where the pricing is in your market....especially if its a good long term client, be upfront with them, tell them your more than willing to do the work above & beyond, etc. Ask them to get quotes from 2 reputable contractors (give them names), then match that price. My feeling is you are lowball, you won't be happy, if they find out 2 years from now your 3x what other were they'll be pissed & you'll loose the whole deal. It'll also give you an idea of pricing in your market.