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need a little help.

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by CLService, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. CLService

    CLService Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Just looking for some different opinions on others pricing. Never have bided on something this big, only have done driveways and smaller commercial lots so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    The rough amount of black top to be plowed is 19.636 acres. Need help will plow price and salt price no sidewalks. it's everything in the yellow box. It's a per push too. Thanks

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  2. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    What's the biggest property you've taken care of so far?

    The best advice I can give is wait until you have experience with 5-10 acre properties for several seasons before you do this. If you've only maintained 1-2 acre lots, the financial consequences when, not if, but when you fail will be astronomical.

    On a per push basis, I don't think I'd be interested. There would be some type of retainer required, as you're going to be paying for equipment rentals and must have materials on hand no matter if it does or doesn't snow.
  3. Drano0127

    Drano0127 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    To the OP, take this advice. This lot is way different from small commercials. Work your way up to the bigger properties as you add equipment and learn how to service them.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Unless you have the equipment to take care of this lot, I'd walk away. Renting equipment would get expensive fast.
  5. CLService

    CLService Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Here is what I came up with.
    2”-5” $4,000per push
    6”-8” $4,500per push
    +8 $5,000per push
  6. CLService

    CLService Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Don’t know if anyone dose this but would it be wrong for me to ask for 3 payment of salt application up front just because the amount of salt need is so high, it would help me secure that amount of salt.
  7. Fannin76

    Fannin76 Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    If you get the contract take it to the bank and get a loan. Don't look like a slob who can't afford salt and ask for an advance.or get a loan on your truck. Or get credit at your salt supplier.
  8. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 695

    With pricing like this, don't worry about winning or paying for salt. It won't happen.

    If you can't front 20k worth of salt, you're not ready for this site. There are options but being your own bank is your best bet. Also very handy is a line of credit from your bank.
  9. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    You're in way over your head. Do some 5-10 acre sites and work your way up.
  10. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,923

    Where in Michigan are you????

    On a 2"- 5" you come out to around $205 an Acre.:eek:.....Don't think that's even in the ballpark......
  11. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,923

    If you ask for this they will know you are not Ready or equipped for a site this size...:nono:
  12. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    I'd go $75 and two cases of Schlitz