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tjcezar
01-19-2006, 05:25 PM
What are you guys getting getting per yard of say doubleground hardwood mulch installed. i know it will change for quantity differences so say 1-5 5-20. Also what are looking at for installs of over 100yds. I am putting together a bid for approx 150 cu yds to be installed on some pretty steep banks. Should be pretty easy though because most banks we can dump right over the edge and we also have a nice new kubota loader to assist. Usually when I am doing an install of 3yds or so I am Charging about 50- 65 per yard installed.

nobagger
01-19-2006, 05:34 PM
Where in PA are you located? The price is going to be different where ever you go. Get a business plan together before you start spending or charging too much or too little.

tjcezar
01-19-2006, 05:47 PM
no doubt the price will be different but the percentage between what you get for 5 yds and what you get for 100yds would be basically the same. Thats what I'm looking for, the percentage of discount for the quantity difference.

rodfather
01-19-2006, 05:51 PM
There is a huge % difference in an amount of 5 yards and 100 yards. I have purchased trailer loads (60 yards a clip) for as little as $8.00 a yard delivered for double ground mulch. A 10 yard dump truck load last year I was paying $16 a yard delivered.

We charge $75 a yard installed with bed edging and prep extra btw.

tjcezar
01-19-2006, 05:58 PM
best price I got anywhere for trailer load or 60+ yards is $15 p yd delivered.

Hey rod father are you telling me that you would charge $75 X 150yds=$11250. You couldn't get to much work around here at those prices. now if thats what you get per yard for say 3yds I could understand that.

rodfather
01-19-2006, 06:08 PM
best price I got anywhere for trailer load or 60+ yards is $15 p yd delivered.

Hey rod father are you telling me that you would charge $75 X 150yds=$11250. You couldn't get to much work around here at those prices. now if thats what you get per yard for say 3yds I could understand that.

actually I did a 300 yard job 2 years ago for $65 a yard installed at someone's home

JKOOPERS
01-19-2006, 06:39 PM
it really depends on the area a co i used to work only charge $35 yard installed , i know thats insane but that was commercial . imy self on the other charge any where between $50 - $80 a yard installed .

tractrpowr45
01-19-2006, 10:02 PM
actually I did a 300 yard job 2 years ago for $65 a yard installed at someone's home


Wow, where could you put 300 yards of mulch around someone's house?
Just curious to know.:waving:

TURF DOCTOR
01-19-2006, 10:05 PM
Jeez 300 yards man that is huge i think we were at 30 yards 1. :confused:

tjcezar
01-19-2006, 11:26 PM
so at those numbers you made about $17,100.00 for that 300 yd install. Not too bad. I'd love to get that guys address!

ArkansasLawns
01-20-2006, 12:02 AM
This is what I think you are saying. Help me out if I don't get it.

For small jobs where you are just filling up an existing bed with hardwood mulch you are getting about twice the amount of the cost of the mulch per yard. Example: 1 yard at 15 per yard = $15. Then you add 30 bucks for your time, labor to spread it and transporting it to the site, etc.. $15 + $30 = $45. Up to say 10 or 20 yards. Then for larger jobs over this 10 or 20 yds you only charge only double what the mulch cost. Following this example, 50 yds mulch = 15 * 50 = 750 for the mulch plus 750 for labor = 1500 bucks for the job. Is that about right?

rodfather
01-20-2006, 11:14 AM
Wow, where could you put 300 yards of mulch around someone's house?
Just curious to know.:waving:

The house was 18,000 square feet, had 9 fireplaces, an 8 car detached garage, o 22 acres etc, etc. Trust me, 300 yards didn't even seem all that much on a place of that size. Place went for like 10.5 mil too.

tjcezar
01-22-2006, 06:46 PM
everyone sort of got lost on this thread. What I am getting at is if I am charging $65 per yard installed (just an xample) for a 5 yard job. I am not going to charge $65 per yard for a 200 yard job that I can dump fast. For one the quantity allows for a little discount and the fact that I could spread way more yards per hour also allows for discount.
When you are bidding against other companies you better be on the ball with your techniques or you won't be working very much.

sheshovel
01-22-2006, 07:01 PM
Oh really..? Well you can bet I am not going to charge LESS $$ for MORE work like you are that's for sure!!

cleancutccl
01-23-2006, 06:39 PM
What you need to do is find out how many yards you can do in an hour, by hand, then how many with the tractor. This will let you know how much you can charge to lay mulch and still make money doing it. Of course if you add in extra guys helping that adds to the price of the job, add in your overhead, add on a percentage profit and you will have a price for any size job that you want to do.

Like the first person said on this thread, GET A BUSINESS PLAN, from your bus. plan you will be able to come up with a price on any job that you could ever estimate.

tjcezar
01-24-2006, 11:11 AM
I am giving up!

paponte
01-27-2006, 08:36 AM
What you need to do is find out how many yards you can do in an hour, by hand, then how many with the tractor. This will let you know how much you can charge to lay mulch and still make money doing it. Of course if you add in extra guys helping that adds to the price of the job, add in your overhead, add on a percentage profit and you will have a price for any size job that you want to do.

Like the first person said on this thread, GET A BUSINESS PLAN, from your bus. plan you will be able to come up with a price on any job that you could ever estimate.

Bingo! How can you be encouraged by what other people charge? The amount YOU charge must be based on your costs of doing business. I too was at $65-$75yd last year for double hammered, and I get the stuff for $10yd with no quantity discount yet. This year I will be able to do it for less, due to my productivity levels inclreasing my more than 10x's. and buy buying bulk amounts. Crunk your numbers!:)