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Hotels......any advice?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by beanz27, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    So I've been asked to do a few hotels in town here. I've always turned them down, but being that I've been offered a very good sum of money, I'd like to take them.

    Any tips or problems that I should know before I go forward with it? I'd assume you'll have to babysit the place to actually clean it, and sidewalks will have to be done by hand I'm sure since all the cars hanging over them. Any other serious issues or annoying things to address?
  2. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Hotels can be a major pain in the ass...from the experiences we've had they are very demanding.

    On a side note, you're in ND and they still aren't contracted??
  3. montec

    montec Junior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 25

    They had more snow then the Fargo area. Last I knew contracted means waiting in fargo as they are all over booked.
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    X2..... They suck. We use to do a few......don't any more.......won't in the future either
  5. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Idiot managers not planning ahead at all. That and new construction. So stress wise they suck but do they actually pay or what's been your experience?
  6. Snow tracker

    Snow tracker Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Beans. I'm sure you are aware of the cars and coming back to plow empty spots. And the fact that snow will get packed down pretty good with all the traffic. As far as payment are they large chains or privately owned? Just make sure your going to make money. I always keep new accounts on a tight leash until we have established a relationship. I'm sure you do the same. Now go make money
  7. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well that's what I'm concerned with. It's a national chain, but being that I'll nearly live there, it'll be hourly. Just want to see if that's par for the course on these hotels.
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Plow for points......
  9. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I would say hourly- including some drive time- is the only way to be certain you make a profit. Perhaps seasonal if you pad it well in your favor. Also, be sure they let YOU decide when and how much sand & salt to apply.
    Good luck, and wind the salt & sand right to em!

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,555

    We love hotels. Open up pass at 7am so people can move around come back at 11 after we have plowed other stuff and do a cleanup. Keep open thru the night
  11. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    That's what I like about them. I think I'll take them, thanks guys. I only take things that are my decision for everything
  12. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Typically do 4-5 locations a year. All chain hotels operated by large management company's. The pay has been very consistent and fair priced. I find that you make it or break it based on the location managers. I would talk to the manager at any location and explain the contract. We always had problems were the managers expected more than what the contract called for. Once we outlined the level of service it usually worked well
  13. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    No maintenance company involved here.
  14. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Bingo. The only reason I don't mind them, and the fact that because they're per push, every time the blades drop they get billed. When they want to be demanding, they pay accordingly.

    Ours pay fast, longest we've waited is 20 days.