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Help on this one Especially the NY Guys

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by spazfam, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Get a call today from this homeowner, they want an estimate for their driveway. Here is what it looks like. Any guesses on a per push and Seasonal Contract? 05 GMC 2500hd 8FT western, insured.

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  2. Lubold8431

    Lubold8431 Member
    Messages: 92

    How long is the main stretch? 300 feet? Its hard to tell from the pic. Would be a little harder to maneuver around that little driveway on the left.
  3. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Pretty good guess its around 276. The smaller drive is about 136 and both are around 12ft wide.
  4. BigTruckNuts

    BigTruckNuts Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Thats too hard to tell, but If I was to guess using the size of the house to visualize I would say per push $100ish give or take and for the season.. $1000-1500. I would just used your judgement and base it off what you charge for normal size drives.

  5. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I was coming up about 76/push and 1200 for the season so I guess I am in the ball park. Anyone else?
  6. Lubold8431

    Lubold8431 Member
    Messages: 92

    I would say around $100 per push, $75 is a little cheap, IMHO.
  7. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I would say about $75/Push or $2000 season around here. (Syracuse, NY)

    I see you buffalo and rochester guys are only charging about 15 plows for a seasonal rate. I thought you guys got almost as much snow as us. I usually go between 25-30 plows.
  8. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Im a rookie, but before reading the rest of the thread, first thing I thought of was $75.
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I had something like this years ago,one thing to keep in mine is you might get drifting in parts of it . So your better have a drift clause. Depending on your snowfall that road will close fast because you can only go so fast to throw up the snow.
  10. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577


    I base off 25 plow events.
    40 salt events, though I only have 1 seasonal salt contract, the rest are per app.

    On a 2" basis over the last 5 years, averaged 18 plowable events per season. Last year upset the average, we only plowed 11 times, but salted 31 times.
  11. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks Guys for the great info. I started out this seasons bidding based on 25 events but every contract I bid I lost because these guys would bid 15-20 events so I always was 800.00 or so over on the seasonals ...pretty close on the per pushes though.
  12. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Actually its a private road leading to this house and its pretty heavly wooded and faces North so drifting should not be too bad.
  13. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    sorry but at your price your not even in the ballpark....

    The private drive is already contracted out and the driveway is going for less than 300 for the season. This homeowner has been keeping his fingers busy trying to get the best (for him) rate.

    I base my seasonals on 24 events, salt is per app.

    oh yeah, its out of my plow area so its not me.
  14. spazfam

    spazfam Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks for the info I won't waste my time on it then.
  15. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    my guess before reading any of the responses was 60-75 ish.