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siyaltrduc
03-21-2007, 05:46 PM
So, I am putting in a bid for 29 yds of triple shredded mulch, bedscaping 370 linear feet, rounduping the beds (4000) sq. ft., reshaping about 20 small shrubs, and clearing some small saplings out of some nature areas (3 hours). I am thinking of a number around 2,200 dollars for the job. Does this sound about right or to high. I am worried about the price because do to the quantity of mulch should I give the customer a break in price. Let me know what you guys think.

mrusk
03-21-2007, 06:37 PM
Will the bank give you a break when you NEED to make your truck payment next winter?

Ric3077
03-21-2007, 07:11 PM
My price is $2320 for the mulch alone...you are way too low. $370 for the bed edging, the rest is at least another $400-$500...I would not touch it for less than $3000.00

IN2MOWN
03-21-2007, 07:16 PM
My price is $2320 for the mulch alone...you are way too low. $370 for the bed edging, the rest is at least another $400-$500...I would not touch it for less than $3000.00



Same here. $80 a cubic yard installed and then another $800.00 or so for the rest.

Find a company that will deliver the mulch for free and then tell your customer you will eat the delivery charges. They will never know and it will make them feel better about the price.

siyaltrduc
03-21-2007, 08:55 PM
Isn't there a cost of living difference between here and there? I do wnat to make money but at the same time I do want to be fair because I need the work.

IN2MOWN
03-21-2007, 08:58 PM
Isn't there a cost of living difference between here and there? I do wnat to make money but at the same time I do want to be fair because I need the work.



I think it costs more to live in NC then it does the Midwest. You need to figure out what it will cost you to do the job. How much will you spend out of your pocket? How much will Uncle Sam get? Do you have employees? What do you want your profit to be?

Dont worry about what other people charge. Set your price and stick to it. You might think its high but you'll be surprised at what people will pay.

TheKingNJ
03-22-2007, 03:38 PM
wow you guys are doing 80 a yard? damn i need to up my prices i'm charging 65 for hardwood, wich i pay 18 a yd for and 75 for colored wich i pay 26 a yard.

lqmustang
03-22-2007, 07:10 PM
Just shows you the difference in pricing from one area to another, and why questions like this are so difficult to answer. I would be right around $2500 and make a nice profit at that price.

jamo1911
03-22-2007, 10:22 PM
Hey man it's spring time, if you are new or don't have any jobs to come out of winter do it a little cheaper and start working. Where I am the market will support at least 3K for that job.

richallseasons
03-22-2007, 11:33 PM
So, I am putting in a bid for 29 yds of triple shredded mulch, bedscaping 370 linear feet, rounduping the beds (4000) sq. ft., reshaping about 20 small shrubs, and clearing some small saplings out of some nature areas (3 hours). I am thinking of a number around 2,200 dollars for the job. Does this sound about right or to high. I am worried about the price because do to the quantity of mulch should I give the customer a break in price. Let me know what you guys think.

are you making enough money at 2200.00? if so knock yourself out... everyone here is going to have a different answer because we all have different earning needs.. I would be around 3,000.00, but that means nothing

PORTER 05
03-23-2007, 09:56 AM
its tough telling you if that is a good price , casue if the beds youre mulching are open its a snap, but if there covered in perennials and bushes ect, it could take 3 or 4 times longer....this price is rought, and would be for 29 yrds of mulch and for mulching a pritty much planted bed i came to $2,600 for mulch and labor, that doesnt include any thing else, for all the other sutff seems like about a day, so another $600 or so, so about $3,200 is where id be i think on that.tough to say though casue every property is diffrent, but its seems to low.

NC Scaper
03-25-2007, 09:20 PM
How much are you paying per yd in Raleigh?

LB1234
03-25-2007, 10:38 PM
wow you guys are doing 80 a yard? damn i need to up my prices i'm charging 65 for hardwood, wich i pay 18 a yd for and 75 for colored wich i pay 26 a yard.


I charge b/t 65-70 per yard and lawn service customers get an additional 5 bucks off. I just checked and my mulch supplier is 13/yd. Dyed HW is 20/yd.

18/yd seems as if its the retail price...that seems awfully high for a contractor.

tthomass
03-25-2007, 11:41 PM
I'd be around $3200 here.

Duekster
03-25-2007, 11:45 PM
The biggest single load I did was 300 yards of mulch. Before that was 200 yards of mulch. Nice money.

I did both by myself in 3 days. J/K.

LawnsRUsInc.
03-25-2007, 11:57 PM
Duekster 500 yds total in 3 Days i will hire YOU LOL
Ahh figure out what your costs are i charge 45-50 a yd for shredded installed how is that possible since everyone elses prices seem to be 2x mine. I order mine and pay $10.75 a yd delivered.

My guys install 2.5-3 yds an hour not sure if that helps

Duekster
03-26-2007, 12:03 AM
How many of those can you give me?

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-26-2007, 06:04 AM
I would do it for $2300.00 and make a nice profit.....but I am solo with little overhead...

IN2MOWN
03-28-2007, 07:30 AM
wow you guys are doing 80 a yard? damn i need to up my prices i'm charging 65 for hardwood, wich i pay 18 a yd for and 75 for colored wich i pay 26 a yard.



Some places around here are charging up to $40.00 a yard for much. Gotta make a profit with product rates that high.

terrapro
03-28-2007, 07:51 AM
Some places around here are charging up to $40.00 a yard for much. Gotta make a profit with product rates that high.

yep i cant get any mulch for less than $25yd around here unless i order it by the truckload. i picked up a flier off the ground yesterday that said $49per yd installed....WTF! how can people live off of nothing :cry:

TheKingNJ
03-28-2007, 11:46 AM
I charge b/t 65-70 per yard and lawn service customers get an additional 5 bucks off. I just checked and my mulch supplier is 13/yd. Dyed HW is 20/yd.

18/yd seems as if its the retail price...that seems awfully high for a contractor.

retail is 22. the only way i would get it for 13 is if i bought 20 yrds at a time and stored it myself.

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-28-2007, 06:45 PM
$25 per yard is the best I can do also, unless I buy in bulk....then it is $16...

Greenguy1
03-29-2007, 06:44 AM
I get $50-60 per yard delivered and installed with some bed prep. but I buy my mulch at the mill for $7 per yard and that makes a huge diff. the 15 yard dump truck I have helps also

chris638
03-29-2007, 10:31 PM
I'm at about $2,700.00, but we have a mulch blower. Consider renting one, they cut down on labor by quite a bit.

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-30-2007, 04:50 AM
I just found out that my supplier is now doing installs for $10 a yard. I told him he was nuts, that barely covers mileage in his F-350 dump....

LawnsRUsInc.
03-30-2007, 08:59 AM
$10 WHAT how is that even possible to deliver it for that i really wonder what he is paying and what you pay from him/her

LB1234
03-30-2007, 04:31 PM
retail is 22. the only way i would get it for 13 is if i bought 20 yrds at a time and stored it myself.

wow...there is no minimum amount for my pricing...and I have bought only one yard at a time from him for small installs.

Idealtim
03-30-2007, 10:31 PM
I just found out that my supplier is now doing installs for $10 a yard. I told him he was nuts, that barely covers mileage in his F-350 dump....

Even if he backed the truck up to the beds and just dumped the load into them he would still be losing money - if something sounds to good to be true, it usually is. But then again I have heard some lowballers cutting half acre lots for $12.50:laugh: :hammerhead: :laugh:

outcold00
04-01-2007, 11:07 PM
the king, so after u subtract out the mulch, ur getting $50 a yard? what does that include, just wheelbarrowling it, and spreading it?, excuse me for the newbie question, im only 17 and new to landscaping, do you ever charge by the hr? or is it always by the job?

siyaltrduc
04-01-2007, 11:23 PM
So the job is nearly done and the profit margin looks well. Didn't make a killing but a better than decent days pay, after expenses.

LawnScapers of Dayton
04-02-2007, 07:42 AM
I should have been clearer.......he sells the mulch for $32 and installs it for $10 per yard....I buy it from him for $25....

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