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l3en007
04-22-2009, 11:02 PM
told me today my price was beat by $2500.00! Am I way off?!?!?!?!? Or are these guys out there working for nothing?! My proposal consisted of this:

a)Removal of 5 grasses in back and two
arborvitae's. b)Prune back all plant material as
discussed c) prep all beds for mulch, including
weeding and redefining edge 1-2 inches d)
removal of exisiting sod e)form two new beds
around trees out front on island
$2,160.00
Apply one ton of screened topsoil to area where
sod will be applied and sod installed(450 sq. ft.)
$600.00
Apply 3.5 yards of black died mulch through out
property along with ornamental fertilizer and snap
shot(weed preventer)
$375.00
“Gem” Magnolia (6-7’ tall)planted where
discussed
$350.00
Irrigation turn on and blow out for the season $150.00
Lawn cut every 7-10 days from May 1st to
November 14th through November 14th
$675.00
Each chemical application price (chemical
schedule sheet attached)
$325.00
Round up(weed killer) sprayed throughout
property(pavers, curbs,etc. Also, beds weeded
1-2 times a month for the season
$500.00

total price $5387.45

S&MLL
04-23-2009, 12:09 AM
Commercial?

l3en007
04-23-2009, 12:28 AM
residential

EagleLandscape
04-23-2009, 08:43 AM
thats pricey. your soil and mulch prices are way off.

i wouldnt have beat that by 2500, but sure would have come in lower than that.

White Gardens
04-23-2009, 10:37 AM
thats pricey. your soil and mulch prices are way off.

i wouldnt have beat that by 2500, but sure would have come in lower than that.

I agree too.

The only problem with agreeing is that we don't know your actual prices for your materials, cost of living, overhead, etc....

4 seasons lawn&land
04-23-2009, 02:12 PM
they all seem okay to me except "a" but you didn't say how big the beds are or how much pruning there is. It would have to be pretty big to get to 2160

4 seasons lawn&land
04-23-2009, 02:14 PM
on the other hand, the other guy is way low.

shovelracer
04-23-2009, 06:49 PM
I dont think your price is very far off except for the glyso and prep. Since the prep is 90% labor you are talking about a lot of hours for that price. Given the other quantities I dont see how that is possible unless the place hasnt been lived in for years and is grossly overgrown. If you are already there for maintenance than roundup should go around 20-30 / gallon applied. A gallon goes pretty far if you are only spraying cracks.

PerfectEarth
04-23-2009, 11:16 PM
That looks like a bid I'd turn in....except for the chemical prices- those seem a bit high! Mulch per yard might be a bit high at 375, but Snapshot is costly... Topsoil charge is too high as well. Probably would have beat you on the bid, but you're not too far off.

l3en007
04-23-2009, 11:22 PM
I dont think your price is very far off except for the glyso and prep. Since the prep is 90% labor you are talking about a lot of hours for that price. Given the other quantities I dont see how that is possible unless the place hasnt been lived in for years and is grossly overgrown. If you are already there for maintenance than roundup should go around 20-30 / gallon applied. A gallon goes pretty far if you are only spraying cracks.
Based it on 3 days of labor. Should of done two. Thank god i posted this message because I just realized a typo in my proposal...lol. My "price per application" says $325.00 and its suppose to be $32.50:hammerhead: I just emailed the customer to inform her!

EVM
04-24-2009, 12:05 AM
Price looks good to me. The other guy is doing it for nothing, let him and laugh.

riverwalklandscaping
04-24-2009, 08:54 AM
Just curious but you said only 1 ton of top soil (~ 1 yard) for 450 square feet of top soil. A yard will cover 450 square feet at about .4 to .5 inches deep. We put sod on 2 inches of topsoil.

AGLA
04-24-2009, 09:31 PM
Move on to the next estimate. There are people out there who will make bidding mistakes, others that won't do the job right, and some that will bring in a bunch of extras. If you believe you bid it right, there is nothing to worry about. The prospect will either get a great deal or ripped off - move on.

esnipe8
05-17-2009, 12:52 AM
I could agree with the previous post any more. There is always going to be someone higher, and always someone lower.
Evan