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How competitive is my price?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by nmartin, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. nmartin

    nmartin Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hey everyone!

    I am new to snow and have absolutely no reference for what is cheap/expensive/dead on. I work for a national company that just bid a HUGE commercial account and I wanted to post an example here to see where we fell.

    The location is in Concord New Hampshire and all pricing is done PER EVENT. The info is as follows:

    Lot: 430,000 square feet
    0.1-3": $2,242.50
    3.1-6": $4,485.00
    6.1-9": $6,727.50
    9.1-12": $8,970.00

    Please let me know if there is any additional info that I did not provide that would make it easier to assess the competitiveness of our price!

    I greatly appreciate all input!

    Mistifier likes this.
  2. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,413

    Whats your position with the national?
  3. nmartin

    nmartin Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I am Sourcing Manager
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    This should get entertaining.

    Pricing is region dependent. What may be higher than hell in NE OH (as this sounds like it is) may be half what it should be in NH.

    This is why nationals have a bad name and a general reputation as low ballers.
  5. Hamster360

    Hamster360 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    If I could get those prices I would hope it snowed every single day.

    You don't mention anything about salt though....
  6. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Define "per event" please. A good suggestion would be to partner up with an experienced and established contractor in the area to get the market pricing then add your markup to it since you admit you have no idea or experience with snow and ice management and wish to access the competitiveness of your pricing.
  7. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    One tip for you is it doesn't take twice as long to clear 6" as it does to clear 3" as your pricing reflects.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Kind of depends on how the lot is setup, but based on you stating it is just shy of 10 acres, and going very conservative on how long it will take (5 hours although it should take mulch less because you should be running a loader\pusher in it) you're looking at roughly $450.00\hour.

    That might be high even for New Jersey.

    Here in Meechigan, you won't be in the plow business long at those rates.