View Full Version : To high of bid?

03-24-2007, 08:52 PM
I went to bid a job today for one of my mowing customers from last year. They wanted a spring cleanup, and the mulch beds weeded and the shrubs in there pruned. Also they wanted me to put new mulch down. The area I would have to put the new mulch in was 582 sq. feet and they want it 3" deep. I figured I would need about 5.4 cubic yards so I charged $432 for that, figuring $80 per cubic yard to put down it down and buy it. Then for the weeding, pruning and general cleanup I charged an additional $300 plus a $30 dump fee. So the total came up to $762. The man said that this was higher than he expected and that he was going to do some research on pricing and get back to me. Was this bid high? I know you can't really tell me about the general cleanup without seeing pictures, but how about just the $432 for putting in new mulch? Thank you for your responses

Precision Lawns
03-24-2007, 09:04 PM
I worked the numbers, and my bid would have been $435. Mulch installed @ $60/yard for 6 yards plus $75 delivery.

But I'm never the lowest bidder...

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
03-24-2007, 09:20 PM
In my area the mulch part would be about $350 and my normal cleanup averages $150 so I would have been close to $500. But this is in my area not sure how pricing is where your at.

03-24-2007, 10:50 PM
I priced it for fun and I guessed about 660.

03-25-2007, 08:55 AM
price around here would be around 550-600

03-25-2007, 09:08 AM
Your # seem right for a profit in my area, mulch @ $75 a yard installing a little cheaper.

03-25-2007, 09:15 AM
Your bid is perfect in my area.

03-25-2007, 11:50 AM
$65.00/cubic yard installed here.

03-25-2007, 02:33 PM
80 per yard seems a little high to me but hey if you can get that great. We charge between 65-70 per yard and we pay around 14-15 for it.

Cleaning up an area that's ~20x30 I would figure about three men in an hour to weed the bed, prune , edge the bed and the like. $65 for trimming-1hr, $40 per hour for two men, 75 removal fee. My 'cleanup' fee I would guestimate @ $210. Total bill in the 600 range.

I don't think you are that far off...if at all.

03-25-2007, 02:42 PM
Depends on the Mulch selected but 60 per yard installed plus delivery is a decent price for the native wood.

We also get a typical $150 for a front clean up but we have small lots around here.

If we are mulching I just weed eat down to the ground. Put down some pre-emergent then mulch it. I can then hit a few weeks later with a little round up when I am mowing if the weeds come back.

I then start selling them a weed control program and fertilization to go with mowing.

03-25-2007, 10:06 PM
Mulch portion of quote is right in line, may be a little high on the clean-up.

12-06-2007, 11:03 PM
thats around were i would bid maybe alittle cheaper

12-06-2007, 11:31 PM
Edging 100, pruning 100, weeding 90-270, mulch cedar 510.

Big variable is the weeding, and then the number of plants. A few weeds not a big deal, fully overgrown with old fabric=off the charts cost.

I would say you are right in line if you think so. Never go lower than you think your worth. Just learn to sell your services better. I regularly am 40% higher in mulch than my average competitor. However these people are not really competition. I fully clean beds, not just cut down and also provide far superior mulch and installation techiniques. I have no problem getting mulch jobs. Let the other guy do it for cost. If a potential customer is complaining about the price than it is not a customer you want. If you do go down than you will always be asked to go down. Then you will get calls from all his friends expecting the "bro deal".

EJD Lawnpride
12-06-2007, 11:47 PM
This post was from march!