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Newbie needs advice for commercial bid

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by axl, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. axl

    axl Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some suggestions on a bid for this lot. He only wants the lot plowed NO SALT. It is my friends restaurant, he said they pay 285 for just plowing. What do you think? It seems like alot for $285


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  2. Mick

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

    In all seriousness, I'd tell your friend he should get the guy the paid $285 to do it again this year. Where the conversation goes from there will tell you a lot.
  3. axl

    axl Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    Mick thanks for the quick reply, what would be a more realistic bid...I will be using an 06 F250 5.4l with an 8.5 MVP PLUS
  4. axl

    axl Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    Nobody wants to help me out? How bout a ball park figure?
  5. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I used to plow just the driveway in for a golf course. With all the open area they tend to have a lot of drifting. It is hard to guess from a picture but I would think 4 hours with 3" of snow. What would be the trigger? If you get to push the 1" snowfalls you will be quicker and allow for a LITTLE lower price but if the trigger is 3" bid your rate times 4 hours. I don't think it would be longer then 4 hours. If you have the luxury of doing it a little later in the morning then you mightwant to give them a bid of a deal because to me these are bonus hours, most people want it done by 7 or 8.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    300.00 gets me to plow to the driveway . Your better off with a loader and push box for this size lot.
  7. axl

    axl Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    He said he wants it done by 10am, he said just make sure the from the entrance to the restaurant is done and then come back and finish the rest of the lot whenever im done with all my other jobs. NO SALTING and NO SIDEWALKS
  8. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    $ 300 a day set contract whether it snows or not would be more in the ballpark
  9. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    its a lot smaller than it looks boys...but it still is a big lot...i would say about 450 a push would be my minimum but im on the high side of our market and i wouldnt even touch it if they didnt want salt

    but to be truthfully honest with you i wouldnt even bid on it...its going to take up half your night and your not even going to get the salting money from it.

    i would go after the accounts that you can salt so you can make the real money....you wont make a living around here doing plow onlys

    if i have a couple of bids go through that im working on right now i might be able to sub you a quite a few buildings in our area.

    Ive got to wait for the dust to settle on a couple of bids i just put in.

    but i will get a hold of you in a couple of weeks