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Sanding Charges

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by hbrady, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Hello All,

    I live on a private road with 5 houses. The road is about 400' long and 15-20' wide. For years one resident has kept 2 sand barrels stocked (with free sand / salt from town) and sanded the road when needed. Usually it's a 100' hill that needs sanding but occasionally he sands the whole road. I'm pitching a proposal to the association to start paying him for his work. My proposal was a $50 per season stipend to keep at least 10 gals of sand in each barrel, $25 to sand the hill when needed and $45 to sand the whole road when needed. My wife thinks that's excessive but I'm guessing a contractor would cost at least twice as much. I only charge $50 to plow the road so you can see our home owners are used to getting a pretty sweet deal. Do any of the professionals think my offer is too generous? :cool:
  2. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    So sanding an extra 300 feet of road is only worth 20 dollars? He's doing it by hand?
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,235

    I'm not a carpenter or woodworker, sorry I can't help.
  4. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    The upper part only needs a light sanding when needed and yes, it's by hand.
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,050

    If your neighbor is cool with a rate that low assuming the sand it still free from the town...... gitty up.
  6. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Tell your wife to do it by hand all winter and see if she still thinks it's excessive
  7. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    The problem is, she would do it and then I'd be stuck with all the shoveling around my house :D
  8. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I would charge $75 to sand that with my nice warm truck.

    How much would YOU want to go sand that road by hand?
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 722

    $125 per visit

    He can't be applying much product to cover 400' by hand?
  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,050

    Sanding the whole road 400'X20" (8000sq ft) for $45.00 with supplied materials equals being paid $245.00 for sanding 1acre with supplied materials.

    Using your $75.00 for the whole road equals $408.00 for sanding an acre with supplied materials.

    Seems a little high.........