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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Mean4x4, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100

    I just placed a bid, and wanted you guys to give your opinion on my pricing.
    It's a Condo Complex with 7 units. There are 119 drives, that 15 feet deep. Each one of these is to be backdragged into the street and then the street is to be plowed. I charged 8.50 per drive
    1011.50 for all 119 units. + 475.00 to do all the roads in the condo complex ( 1.2 miles 3 cars wide) I also determined around 5-6 tons of salt at 90/ton
    There is about 3/4 mile of sidewalks
    I figured with all the sidewalks, + all the porches + stairways and walkways I charged. 1130.00 including 1 pallet of calcim chloride.
    The grand total for an average snowfall 2-6 inches 2,846.00
    Does this sound right to you?
  2. Santo

    Santo Banned
    Messages: 255

    Are you subbing?

    Sound a little light for Philly rates.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2003
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Seems about right. That's $395 per mile of road (seems high to me, but then $8.50 seems low and the road is wider than I'm used to). Can't speak to the sidewalks etc.

    I'd get a back blade for that many 15' drives. Do you have a provision for stacking and hauling as needed?

    I would think that's about twice as much salt as you'll need. You said the road is 1.2 miles and 3 car lengths (15'?). That's 95,040 sq ft which I think you take about 2 - 2.5 cu yd plus maybe 1/3 yd for the driveways.

    That's just quick figuring, so maybe I'm way off.
  4. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100


    The drives don't get salted, just the roads. But I like to assume the worst. This way, if the price of salt goes up.. AGAIN, I won't have to eat it like last year. I had another guy doing my salting, and this year, I bought my own equipment. I hate how no matter how reasonable I bid, There's always a low blower (the guy they fire 1/2 way through the season, because he never shows up)
  5. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100

    no subbing

    I have 4 guys who worked for me the past 3 years. all have new trucks and plows, all dependable. I pay them well, So I don't hire outside of my normal guys.
  6. SnoJob67

    SnoJob67 Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    Multiply your per ton salt price by 1.5-2X what it is and it will be about fair market value, as well. :eek:
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2003