Bidding Snow Removal Jobs: Step-by-Step Guide
If you’re looking to become a successful snow removal contractor, the following guide has everything you need to know to successfully bid and win your next snow removal job.
Step 1: Estimate the Job Size
Before you can bid on any job, you’ll need to estimate the size of the job to determine how much time and how many resources (snow removal equipment, workers, etc.) you’ll need. You can establish the size of the job by:
- Survey the property:Visit the location and take measurements of the property and walkways. If possible, measure the width and length, curb lengths, and any special features that may require more work.
- Estimate snow accumulation:Research weather patterns for the area to get an idea of how much snow will accumulate and how often it will need to be removed.
- Consider typical features:Be sure to factor in common features like stairs, driveways, and parking lots to account for extra time and materials.
Step 2: Estimate Labor and Materials
Once you know the size of the job, it’s time to estimate the labor and materials you’ll need to complete the job. Take into account the following when estimating your labor and materials:
- Workers: Estimate the number of workers you’ll need to complete the job in a timely manner.
- Equipment: Determine what type of snow removal equipment you’ll need, such as snow blowers, shovels, and de-icers.
- Materials: Estimate the amount of materials required to complete the job, like salt, gravel, and sand if needed.
Step 3: Calculate the Cost
Now that you’ve estimated the job size and expenses, you can calculate the total cost for the job. Be sure to break down the cost for each item and make sure it is included in your bid.
Step 4: Create a Detailed Bid Package
With all the necessary information in hand, it’s time to construct a complete bid package. The most important things you need to include in the package are:
- Timeframe: When will the job start and end, as well as an anticipated completion date.
- Breakdown of Labor and Materials: The number of workers, type of equipment, and amount of materials needed for the job.
- Pricing: Provide a specific price for the job, including any additional costs for last-minute work or special requirements.
Step 5: Submit Your Proposal
Once you’ve finished your bid package and are confident in your estimates and pricing, you can submit your proposal. Be sure to submit your bid before the deadline and if possible, follow up with the prospective customer to ensure that your proposal was received.
Bidding on snow removal jobs can be a daunting task but with a bit of preparation and the right approach, you can set yourself up for success. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you’ll be well on your way to winning your next snow removal job. Good luck!