Spring Clean UP

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ajreeves, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. ajreeves

    ajreeves LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I have a 96 unit apt building who I am putting together a quote for. They want street sweeping included in the spring clean up. I plan to use a bobcat with a sweeper attachment to get the job done. What is the going rate for this type of service? Hourly rate I'm sure? And I know add up overhead profit etc to get my cost but I don't agree with that most the time bc my overhead is very low as pay for most of my equip and carry very few loans. I just don't want to leave any money on the table! Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone. Located in Southern NH
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  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    Sweepers average 65-75 per hour. Might be cheaper to sub out to a sweeping company?
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  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bobcat day rate with operator is $450/$650:waving:
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    $450 seems extremely cheap since renting a bobcat is $200, getting delivered and picked up is $150. Fuel is ? Even $650 seems on the low end.
    Is that what most people are charging?
  5. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,754

    Wow that's fking nuts. I'd be out of business in a week if my $40k loader (plus attachments, plus trucking/trailering) could only fetch $450 a day. I get that much for a $10k lawn mower.

    And by no means am I calling you a low baller, if that's the going rate in your area than there's nothing anyone can do about it, it just goes to show how much the market varies from area to area.

    Also....a good argument as to why "cost plus profit" isn't always the best way to price a job, the local market should always be taken into consideration.

    Edit: I quoted the wrong guy, I'm referring to what landrus posted. Gimme a break, it's Friday night :drinkup: :drinkup:
  6. ajreeves

    ajreeves LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I see you are from MA, semi close to where we are. What do you guys get for the service in your area? I was thinking $125/ hr or somewhere in that ballpark?
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  7. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,754

    I don't do any sweeping, and not a ton of skid steer work in general, but I won't bring the loader somewhere for less than 80-90 an hour with just a bucket, add an expensive attachment and yeah, I don't think 125 is unreasonable. Obviously there's a million other factors that are relevant here., but I think 125 is a good neighborhood to be in.

    Just for fun;
    If I were asked to bid on a lot sweeping job.....if I figured it'd take about a day.
    8 hours x 85 an hour or the loader = 680
    + 150 a day for sweeper rental
    + trucking out sand/crap

    Would put me right around 1k, which is right where you are with 125 an hour
  8. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    Don't forget that just because you dont carry loans doesn't mean you wont have to maintain the equipment or replace it! :waving:
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  9. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My cousin has a cat, 100 an hour. He's in upstate NY. His prices are on the high side for the area, but they do fantastic work. You might get under priced on 125.

    I don't know much about street sweeping but if you think you'll have trouble making money on rented equipment you might want to consider other ways to accomplish it. Again, I know nothing about this service, just know what he charges for the bobcat.

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