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theWRIGHTcut
08-03-2008, 01:47 PM
just today i got a call from a friend of my mother asking me if i would be able to do top soil and mulch... i said of course! i just got a new dump truck i can put that to work :) but my question is.... say it's a bout 20 yards of soil to put down... he wants 3 or 4 inches thick.... and 20 yards of mulch to cover that... the most basic mulch and the most basic top soil... what do you guys charge to install top soil ?? i've been charging 45 to install mulch.... so hmmm let me get some figures to compare to! thanks

White Gardens
08-03-2008, 02:46 PM
1600 for the dirt

1600 for the mulch.

That includes labor. That's how I would bid it.

theWRIGHTcut
08-03-2008, 02:49 PM
really?? alright that sounds cool... i'm gonna do some math and figure out if that sounds right but exactly what i was looking for...some figures to compare to! thanks alot

J&R Landscaping
08-03-2008, 11:09 PM
That boils to $80 a yard. Add tax to it and you should be set. You can probably get the load drop shipped to the site and maybe save a bit. For your truck, it would be a waste for that much volume of materials.

BillyRgn
08-05-2008, 02:26 PM
That boils to $80 a yard. Add tax to it and you should be set. You can probably get the load drop shipped to the site and maybe save a bit. For your truck, it would be a waste for that much volume of materials.

i agree, see if you could get a tri-axle to drop it at the site, you will save on the cost per yard, and deffinatly on the transportation cost, you will end up running a million loads with a mason dump for that much material. i have a 2002 f-350 diesel mason dump, and the most i will put in it is 4 yards of top soil, wich is really pushing it and is definatly over weight, if i had to haul loads of top soil all day, i would probally do loads of 3- 3.5 yards. so that means if you had to get 20 yards, you will be taking at least 5 trips, that is a lot of fuel, and alot of time.

N&CLandscaping
08-05-2008, 03:49 PM
MY COSTS

Loam = $28.00 yrd.
Hemlock Mulch $37.00 yrd.
$28.00 X 20 = $560.00

Mulch = $740.00
Labor 2 man crew Billed at $30 hr X 1 day 8 hours = $480.00
Fuel $150.00
Total Cost = $1,930.00

MARKUP
MULCH + LOAM

Mulch = $85 yard installed

85X20 = $1,700.00
Loam $40.00 yard
installed

40X20 = $800.00

GRAND JOB TOTAL = $4,430.00 (excludes Tax) that is a quick rough figure. Hope this helps

theWRIGHTcut
08-05-2008, 04:40 PM
you guys are right, that is quite a bit of time and fuel... i'm gonna do my homework and find out who can deliver that kind of load for me... and thanks so much NC landscaping that gives me a chance to see if i'm doing things right... the grand total for the job i came up with was close to $3900... my customer is a family friend... and i know that doesn't entitle them a discount but i'm not gonna try to slam them with costs...

N&CLandscaping
08-05-2008, 05:14 PM
I hear you... Usually I would not charge that much if they are family or a family friend.

JNyz
08-05-2008, 05:56 PM
Family or no family. $4000.00.

theWRIGHTcut
08-05-2008, 07:13 PM
see,JNYZ i knew someone would say that... and i totally agree...gotta be a good business man to charge fam full price!

JNyz
08-05-2008, 07:51 PM
I don't want sound like a dick but if you are the only contractor in the family you will never be repaid fairly.

theWRIGHTcut
08-05-2008, 08:47 PM
i'm not... not even close