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What Would You Bid for this?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Joesno, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Joesno

    Joesno Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    I plow A large Warehouse parking lot and a smaller office lot all on the same street right next to each other. A day care moved in right next to the warehouse and They contacted me for Plowing and salt prices. I told her i charge 100$ an hour for plowing and 16$ a bag for Knox 50lbs Deicer. Her lot would take around 4 bags of Deicer. It would take about an hour to plow. So my final price was 164$ if it needed plowing. She had no problem with the Plowing price but almost fainted on the Salt. What would you guys do. I am not going to low Ball but i would like the job for next year. She already hired someone for this year and I am not going to hassle her over it. I Just am wondering what i should say To her to get the job next year.
    Any suggestions?

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    $100 a hour I would say you're already at the low point of pricing for a commercial lot.
  3. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    $100/hr is a little low for my area... Don't low ball, customers complain about prices all the time, she cant do it herself for cheaper (if she p/u the salt herself and factored in the time of getting it and spreading)...
  4. I think the salt price could be a lot better. I'm not sure what your paying there in bulk but it costs me $50 for half a ton of salt. (About 1100 pounds). I charge $200 per ton of salt applied. So 1100 pounds applied I would charge $100. So if you and I were competing for the lot the client would pay me $100 for 1100 (equal to 22 bags) pounds. With you $100 would get them 6.25 bags or 312.5 pounds...

    Then again, I'm in a totally different country, maybe salt is a lot cheaper for us. I donno...
  5. Joesno

    Joesno Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    "Drive way Doctor" i don't buy in bulk so i typically do pay more for salt. I buy it by the skid and i get 50 bags for 400$.