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How do you measure up ??

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by On a Call, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    I have the chance to bid 24 sites all larger properties. 1 - 14 acres

    How do you guys measure properties and see them from the air ? I never used any programs like that ?


    I am still going to visit every site. But for starters I would like to seem them from like real time earth view.
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Google earth...find lot size .com
    What did you do before? And why isn't it working now?
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I always use google earth to peak at everything and measure square footage. Then I visit the site and meet with the manager, get specs, and go from there. I might make a couple trips there at different times to see shift changes, or parking habits if its a bigger property.
  4. Spence92

    Spence92 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    nuff said
  5. Mike NY

    Mike NY Senior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 108

    FYI Findlotsize.com is now lotview.net.
  6. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    They both work but Findlotsize works better, more options and better pictures.
  7. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    X2 it's what I use. Occasionally break out the old wheel.
  8. KYsnow

    KYsnow Member
    Messages: 76

    Talk about making something complicated. You should be able to look at a property, take in to account islands,etc and know how long the property will take.
  9. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    Find lot size is ok sometimes, we just looked at a hospital on there for lawn. Total lawn is about 4.5 acres, about 12 of the islands are .1 or less to .25 acres with over 20 islands all together. This will take much more time to cut then one 4 acre lot.
  10. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    I used to measure....then i went to sending out a crew to measure.

    Thank you guys

    I really appreciate your help.

    Drinks are on me
  11. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    What have you been doing in the past?
  12. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    I would go out and use the wheel or pace/walk it off.

    Eye ball it for difficulty and go from there.

    But having an eye in the sky sure is handy. But I have no idea how to measure size doing that ???
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Didn't you get suggestions in earlier posts?
  14. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    Dieselss...looks like I missed two posts here. Thanks

    Checking into Lotsize
  15. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    You send out a crew to measure lots for you?? Boy things must be good up there :rolleyes:
  16. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    Did that for years, was off base and inconsistent in my bidding. Remember all you have to sell is time. If you provide ice melt sevices as well and misquote that and it will cost you big time. Key to quoting is knowing your production and material usage rates. Measuring helps you get there.