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Restaurant Commercial Lot Help

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by lauferj, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. lauferj

    lauferj Junior Member
    from 52405
    Messages: 2

    Hi All. I'm in Iowa and had a customer want a single contract pricing for the whole season which EXCLUDES salting. They want to pay $1125 with unlimited pushs' for the season. They will pay $90 for salt when applied as requested.

    I went to findlotsize.com and found the lot is:
    5911 meters²
    0.006 km²
    63626 feet²
    7070 yards²
    1.461 acres

    They have a sidewalk as well and in total the whole lot takes about 2 with 3 inches but more for higher snow totals. I actually signed a contract but the contract is extremely messed up. I thought it was $1125 plus an additional cost per push but actually the $1125 is suppose to be all inclusive. Let me know your thoughts. The blue indicates where snow can be push.


  2. cheelob

    cheelob Junior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 9

    Whats your trigger? For me up in Minnesota I have a few places that size. I charge $200 per push including the small sidewalks. Salting is always extra for me. I would never do an all inclusive contract and definitely not for that amount. Too hard to make a profit at that.
  3. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    That is great for them and horrible for you. I would tell them no thanks. I can't tell you pricing for your area but here that size lot would catch 7500 a season just for plowing.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

  5. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    Dude. Run.
  6. GreenAcresMike

    GreenAcresMike Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Lets say you price this lot at $225/push if it were a per push contract. Then lets say you signed this lot at $1125/season, so if you push the lot @ every 2" everything after 5 pushes or a 10'' you are loosing your ass big time!
  7. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    $1100? Do you only get 6 inches per year?
  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Way too low!
  9. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Tell them thanks

    Tell them thanks and goodbye. There is nothing in that contract for you. Nice to know they are pricing your job for you. Walk in and tell them what you want to pay for their menu items and see what they say.

    Pass it along to someone who doesn't know any better. When your client prices the job, you generally lose!
  10. lauferj

    lauferj Junior Member
    from 52405
    Messages: 2

    Thanks everyone. I'm giving them the notice this weekend. I'm still unsure if they will pay the original amount I billed them or not. The contract they used was from the internet and they altered a few things but it was poorly put together to say the least!

    I pretty much knew this was a give away just wanted your opinions to help make my mind up. It sounds like I will have lose the account but at this price I don't care.