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Help with private road bid...2200ft

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Raymond S., Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I got a call from the one lonely house in a new subdivision in town. They said the County stops at the end, not responsible for their road. Anyway, there is a widened entrance along with 2200ft. of road back to their house and to the corner. I have an 8' Fisher that I will be plowing with. I do a couple other private roads that are similiar but not as wide as a standard county road like this and w/ a smaller entrance. Both other roads are about the same length or a tad shorter and I get $55 for both of those. I am in/out in about 25 minutes each, including clearing the front and down/back, down/back. I'm thinking I will have a bit more time on this as I can't stack the snow in the front so I'll have to push it all in, then start down/back. (there is entrance landscaping I have to push around.) One plus to this is it's literally 1/4 mile from one of the private roads I do, so I'm already there.

    My initial thought is $75 per push. For the most part we don't mess around with 1-3", 3-6", etc., it's just per push. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
    Besides my other two private roads/lanes, I stick to mostly residential drives. I'm comfortable with the $75 but I just want to bounce it off you guys to make sure I'm in the ballpark. I'm thinking I may be a bit high?...
  2. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    75.00 for 2200 ft

    In our neck of the woods that would run double at least...

  3. DirtyJerzey

    DirtyJerzey Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    I agree... I plowed a private road last year right around the same length, same situation as you. The town would mound up snow all at the entrance, it had 3 houses and ended in a couldesac(sp?) stacking snow was super easy as I had more then enough space. I was in and out in about 15-20min and they were very happy paying $200 per push, was also getting another nice chunk of change for salting.
  4. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Thanks for the replies fellas. I guess it's a case where the price is what the customer is willing to pay, not relative to cost. I usually bid myself at $85/hr. How did you come up with $200 other than it just "looks" like a big job so you think they'll bite. My concern is I bid $150 and some yahoo comes through and sees it's only a 20 minute job and throws a $50 bid at them.
  5. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    If the county hasn't taken it over, does it have to be the full width of the road? It's only one house. I would think as long as emergency vehicles can get in it would be O.K. to plow it the same as your other similar driveways. 1 up 1 down. Easy Peasy Beautiful. If it's alright with the county and the customer that is.
  6. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    That's what I'm talking to her about. I am not going to worry about the whole road, just treating it like a long driveway. This is their first winter there and they are in no way prepared to spend $150 / push. I told her I'd look at blowing it open, down/back and a turnaround.