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too cheap??

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by joeplowguy, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. joeplowguy

    joeplowguy Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    i lease a shop from our landlord and agreed to plow 3 of his small industrial strip malls for $ 1.00 a minute. that includes any shoveling,plowing or salting.he pays for the salt and stores it in a empty unit.I figured i would b safe charging this way because i want to b covered no matter what happens.friend of mind says im crazy and would b better off subbin but i think in the long run im happy because they are my accounts and i get to charge even the most minor saltings or shovelings.welcome any input or thoughts thanks.
  2. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    Just trucks or is big equipment also 1$ an hour?
  3. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    sounds a little low to me.
  4. EvenCutLawnCare

    EvenCutLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    That's only 60 an hour... Too cheap for plowing. Too high for shoveling
  5. joeplowguy

    joeplowguy Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    chris,thats for my only truck an f-250 with a 8' hiniker and snowex 1075.pretty much a one man operation.
  6. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I'm sure between the shoveling, and plowing it works out to a reasonable rate.
  7. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    how much plowing vs shoveling? if its a couple hours of plowing and 20 minutes of shoveling the its way to cheap. however if it is vise versa then its pretty good.
  8. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    If it works for you than it's great good luck.
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    for michigan, that's not all that bad.
    ice melt is extra right?

    we do some per minute places (but I'm not in Michigan so rates don't compare), but ice melt is so much per pound extra.
  10. coyote

    coyote Member
    from montana
    Messages: 39

    I don't do much shoveling with my contracts but if I did I would just figure it by how much your labor is worth per hr. As for the plowing I also bid a $1.00/minute. Sometimes of course if you give a property owner a flat rate its going to take longer with more snow, but it seems to work out in the end when it doesnt take as long.