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What would you bid for this?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by snowescape, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. snowescape

    snowescape Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hey guys,

    Here's another round of "what would you bid". I have attached the picture of the lot. The dimensions are 380 ft x 410 ft. This is a self storage facility. Looks like a quick job, but I just need some advice.

    Bid has to include:
    Plowing for: 2"-4" ; 4"-6" ; 6"-9" ; 9"-12" and an additional per inch price.
    Shoveling small sidewalk area
    Applying salt application as needed.

    I have never contracted one of these, so I'm not sure how difficult it will be.

    Anybody want to throw some numbers at it?

    Snow bid.jpg
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What do you have for equipment? You need to measure or calculate the sq footage for salt application.
  3. snowbizplowing

    snowbizplowing Member
    Messages: 62

    Looks like a 1-2 hr job depending on the experience of the plow truck driver and equipment you got.... also don't know the hourly in your area? What do you normally get per truck per hour???
  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    We have a few mini storages....if you have a containment plow (V or wideout style) or pusher doing it, it should be well under an hour for 4 or 5 inches. I will say that there is no substitute for pushers at these locations. But one of mine I can not justify taking or leaving a machine w/pusher for it...so it has to be done with trucks....but the trucks that service this location are either equiped with a Wideout,V plow, or straight plow w/ prowings. Good luck!!
  5. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    the setup makes it real easy to keep making passes,,,,2'' should get done in under an hour easy
  6. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    By that view, i cant see it taking more than 1.5-2 hrs. Multiply that into what you want hourly and there you go...
  7. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Why not just keep it plowed before it reaches 4inches? Then if it snows some more, come back again. So therefor you charge for two visits.

    I doubt the storage facility would want to wait until 6inches accumulate. They'd have angry clients!
  8. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I noticed your responce...I got a call to bid, similar size; they want plow service after 4",I cant imagine what customers will think as well. Do they think there going to save money? I figure.. because of there foolish corporate decision process; I will now charge my 6-9" rate vurses 2-4" traditional rate ; what would you do in this situation?
  9. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    There are no self storage units around here that would want to be plowed out twice for say 5-6" of snow. Maybe not even 7-8". They would want it plowed after all snow is done. Not saying that's the way to do it, but that's the cheapo factor.
  10. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    I'd bid it for $35 per push up to 12" that should be a quick job and easy money....might even want to lowball it at $20 just to make sure you get the work. Oh and throw salt in as well. It will sweeten the deal and you know you'll get the contract
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Free salt rules. It keeps the customers calling, that's for sure.
  12. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    Holy smoky ghost?! I wouldnt touch that with a 15ft plow wing for $35. Think of all those garage doors you might have to replace...

    $35, seriously? :confused:
  13. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    Something deep down inside tells me we was indeed not serious:cool:
  14. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    The cool part about self storage units, there is always a raised concrete slab in front of the door. It rises the unit up so rain doesn't get in.....or to prevent tired plowers from smashing into them in the wee hours of the morning.
  15. Banger

    Banger Member
    Messages: 70

  16. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    okay....you guys are right...with all the risk im gonna have to revise my estimate to $22 per plow :dizzy:
  17. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    Good thinking.....But I would highly recommend that you keep the salting included. :nod:
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,239

    I'd do it for $21.50.
  19. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    **** I just lost the bid!!! I knew I should have stayed with $20
  20. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Same here.....the ones I do, I dont go to until its all over, unless it gets up around 8 inches(that doesent happen here much) and then they will pay for a partial plowing just to open it up a bit. I obviously charge according to these factors, and have good results with my mini storage accounts.

    Not the ones I do :sleeping: