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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by StBalor, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. StBalor

    StBalor Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey Guys, I own a lawn service in maryland, mostly cutting grass. I did an HOA last season and this year they want me to include a bid on clearing all the community sidewalks when it snows. We do not get much snow in maryland where i am at, but some years we get hit good. It's hit or miss here in Central Md.
    The question is how would i go about pricing a bid on something like this? I know i am not giving you much to go on, it's because i have no idea how to go about it.
  2. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Hourly and get your guys 21" single stage blowers. What to charge hourly? Up to your area.
  3. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Yeah, say for instance if you were paying your shovelers to do it...You have to figure what it would cost. If they are paid say 9 an hour (VERY reasonable for someone to be out in 7 degree weather at night), then this would be costing YOU around $15 an hour by the time payroll is done (taxes, ss, insurance, etc.). Well, for you to make money on them, you are looking at around 20-25 an hour atLEAST (this is why many charge around 30/man hour). Well,...figure up how much a shoveler can do in an hours time. Mind you, this has to be figured considering a 1 to 4" snow...Anything more, and you will have to consider a higher labor cost. Leave yourself some margin for wet heavy stuff, too.
    Once you have this estimated, you can give them a set price. After that, you are able to do it with a blower, and reap the benefits of owning, maintaining, storing, transporting, and running power equipment. Do NOT go in there and run a blower for 20 bucks an hour!
  4. toptech72

    toptech72 Member
    from 21078
    Messages: 61

    I am about an hour north east of you. We charge $35 an hour for shoveling. But we could probably charge $50 and get it. Not many plow companies want to shovel sidewalks around here. But like you we dont get snow anymore we had 1 plowable event this year.