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Is this about accurate?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by darood01, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. darood01

    darood01 Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 75

    Bidding on a rental property that has a driveway with a small parking lot at the end. The total square feet is 5250, and 2 inch trigger Would $600 for the season seem to be right.
  2. mtnzone

    mtnzone Member
    Messages: 82

    dont know your area but that is real low......how many storms a year do you average? Im asuming around 12??
  3. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    seems low but I don't know your costs

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  4. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Maybe if all you got were 2" storms but remember to pad into the price the possibility of those big events.
  5. darood01

    darood01 Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 75

    After redoing my numbers, do you think $1250 is more accurate or is that high. We average 18-23 storms. Any input would be great.
  6. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694


    With all due respect, you should now if the number is right. I feel confident McDonald's is not asking Burger King if the number is right. Please don't take that the wrong way, but you will potentially put yourself out of business letting someone else price your jobs. Know your costs per hour for your company and you will have the confidence to know your numbers are right. We made the same mistake for nine years. Costs us thousands of dollars and nearly our business. We finally decided we were going to price our jobs based on our overhead, expenses and projected profit margin and let the rest take care of itself.

    Good Luck!
  7. pongow26

    pongow26 Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    I would take your avg plow rate and based on the number of times you determine you plow on avg per week - say it's twice a week - times that by your contract dates in weeks and you have your number. IE say you charge 50 per push and you feel you will be plowing once a week for sure. Your contact is good from nov 1st till march 1st - 5 months or 20 weeks. So $50 a week x 20 weeks is $1000.00. These are just numbers for example reasons but it should get you in the ball park. Just a tip if you extend an early pay discount or a pay in cash discount many people will remember that for the next season
  8. darood01

    darood01 Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 75

    I found out, the current company charges $350 for the season. They were just shopping around to see other prices because the company kept hitting railroad ties along the driveway. Sounds like they are going to be staying with them.
  9. slongfellowii

    slongfellowii Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    Welcome to West Michigan. Not happy with the service, but going to keep them. Or we are happy with your service, but XYZ Company will plow for half of what you charge.