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Help bidding a large parking lot

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by gtstang8706, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. gtstang8706

    gtstang8706 Member
    from MA
    Messages: 36


    I have to give a seasonal price to plow a large commercial lot. Just wondering if I could ge some input from you guys on what to charge.

    Its a large, wide open parking lot, approx 1.5 acres surrounded by woods, so theres plenty of space to push snow. There are no islands and no light poles. Basically, it reall couldnt get an easier than this! Theres also a 300' driveway at the back side of the lot. Any numbers in mind? I really need to win this bid as its a good contract and work is slowing down, so I dont mind sharpening my pencil. Thanks for the help, as always!
  2. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Whats your hourly rate?
  3. gtstang8706

    gtstang8706 Member
    from MA
    Messages: 36

    Well, Ive never actually plowed using an "hourly rate". Ive always done per push pricing for my plowing. Ive never really done a seasonal price for anything this size.
  4. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    How do you come up with a $ figure if you don't have an hourly rate? EVERYTHING gets based off of your hourly rate....
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  6. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Well forget figuring out your costs then...

    Have you ever timed yourself to see how much you can plow in an hour?

    This can be a great starting point for you.
  7. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Bidding help

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  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Tell me what # is in your head and I'll tell you how close it is to the # in mine
  9. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    What kind of truck and plow setup do you have? That has a lot to do with it.
  10. gtstang8706

    gtstang8706 Member
    from MA
    Messages: 36

    Sorry guys, ive had some computer issues. Thanks for the replies. I have a 2005 f350 dump w/ a 9' fisher straight blade. I also have to give a price to sand the lot per application. Any ideas?