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Snow bids

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by missbhaven, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. missbhaven

    missbhaven Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm getting killed on my bids on jobs, I don't know how these guys make any money on some of their bids. I usually quote jobs by inch of snow like 2"-5" snowfall per push = $100.00. I've never bid jobs on a trigger, I'm going to try to bid next job on a 2" trigger, but I have a question regarding a trigger if someone could answer.

    Question: If you have a two inch trigger bid on a job for lets say $100.00, and it snow's four inch's on one snowfall. Does that mean you bill out because it accumulated $200.00 on "one push", or does that mean you just bill out $100.00?
    If what I think is true and you would bill out $200.00 what about
    one snowfall was 5.8" would you bill out only $200.00 or would you round off because over .5 to bill out $600.00.
    Could someone answer my dumb question?
  2. Buswell Forest

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

    If the last push is a little over the trigger, it's on me. Customers don't like it when you split hairs.
  3. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    A trigger is a starting point
    So you have 2'' trigger and you pull in a lot and it has 4'' I charge $100 but if I pulled in at 2'' and again later at 2'' then I charge $200

    I charge per visit with a trigger on high traffic lots and I do some by the inch on other jobs with low traffic lots