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New Into Commercial Snow Removal-need Advice

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by scottmcherry, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. scottmcherry

    scottmcherry Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I Have 18 Years Experince In The Landscape Industry And Snow Removal-this Year I'm Going To Venture Into The Snow Removal Business Myself. I Need To Come Up With A Snow Proposal/bid Sheet And Some Sort Of Contract Soon. I Have The Opportunity To Bid A Few Places( 1 30-unit Condo,4 Shops,15 Residential Drives,2 Doctors Offices) That Are In Conjunction With My Lawn Route. I'm Thinking $125.00 Per Hr. For 08 Ram 2500 W/ 8.5' Fisher Xtreme V, And$110/ton For Salt--$38.50/bag Calc.chlor. Are These Numbers In Line Or Not? I Don't Want To Be The Low-baller But I Want To Stay Within Reasonable Range. I Need To Put Pricing Down On A Bid Sheet And Was Wondering If Anyone Had Any Examples I Could Take A Look At. Lawn Bids And Contracts Are Easy--alot More To Account For In Snow. Any Help Would Be Appreciated
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Better check salt prices and availabilty. You sound way too cheap for salt.
    Check the Elements of Business forum for contracts and bid sheets.
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    :nod:too cheap on salt

    sounds like alot of work for 1 truck? dont get in over your head, if they are lawn customers, and you do a bad job this year, you might lose the lawn account...only take what u know u can handle...of course place bids on all , just include a phase" that you reseve the right to withdrae your bid, at any time prior to signing.... and explain it too them ahead of time
  4. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    Yeah, i think a ton of salt costs that much for us in some places in the US. I know we can get about $100 for a salting of a parking lot and only use 5-10 bags of salt, not a whole ton. Hell for a whole ton, id be charging double that at least. Figuring that most spreaders only hold around a ton and you'd have to drive to go get refilled again.
  5. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Salt prices sound low.
    I'd have any contract reviewed by a local attorney to ensure that you're covered as well as local laws.
    If you've plowed for years I'm sure you know what you can handle, but remember your truck is going to break. Have a back up plan.