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New to business, need help!

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by hathaway14, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. hathaway14

    hathaway14 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I am new to the landscaping business, and I have a lawn client which needs snow removal svcs, which is great. I'm worried to over/under bid, and I'd hate to lose him. Please give me some advice about pricing out his property. He has a doctor's office with two lots, one on the right, and on the left sides of the building. (lot #1 - 105 x 130 ft & lot #2 - 105 x 85 ft) The property also has a lot of sidewalk surrounding it, measuring out to about 550ft. I'm looking for a per push rate . ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREAT!!!...thanks - Brian

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    $800.00 per push! :waving:
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Any islands or light poles in the lot? What kind of truck are using, or is it a skid loader? Its hard to give an answer if we dont know what you all have going on.
  4. mrplowdude

    mrplowdude Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    figure out how much salt will cost you and then how much you have to plow it, then put together a bid that covers your cost and you make a profit.
    We charge about $120 an hour for a truck. Bidding high is better than bidding low. Hope this helps you
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Doctors make a lot of money off iobama care so I would charge them a premium for plowing
  6. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    way to revive a 10 year old thread GV!
  7. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056


    here i was about to comment about it being a little late in the season to hop into the business.
  8. fartbox333

    fartbox333 Member
    Messages: 50

    Or you could just figure out your operating expenses and figure out a fair price to charge so you can make a profit and make it worthwhile. Not sure why you need to charge someone a premium just because of what you think that they make or if they make money on obamacare but if that's how you price good luck.
  9. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    ^ they dont have to accept his bid ether.
    we are free to bid it up or down...

    id rather have a few high priced lots than a bunch is avg priced lots.;)

    I believe it's called being a good capitalist.
    some of us do this to make $$$$
  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,094

    Good Capitalism or what the market will bare is all the same, why leave money on the table if you can get more.:nod:
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    yes we;ll need to take an x ray of the lot before we can quote you a price.