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burnthefurniture
06-29-2009, 06:48 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here and this is one of my first posts. Anyway, I recently had a guy call me wanting to get his beds re-mulched and strawed. Additionally, he wanted bushes and trees trimmed. I went over to give him an estimate. Keep in mind, I charge for time and materials. It is going to take about 2.5-3 CY of mulch and about 25 bags of pine straw just in materials. Around here that runs about 250-300 dollars. Additionally he wants about 2 days worth of shrub and tree trimming and beds weeded. I work alone but this is a larger yard. Regardless, my hourly rate is 25 and as in most all of my previous jobs, the cost of materials and the cost of labor to install them is very close to 50/50. Anyway, I quoted him about 700 dollars for the work (very labor intensive). He thinks its outrageous for what it is, and I think he's crazy for thinking anyone would do that much for any less. I am not willing to lowball just to get the job if it means I lose my butt on the job, but does that seem reasonable? Low? High? Etc. Thanks. I'm not new to the landscape business, but just recently found this forum, so maybe I can get some feedback.

Mowbizz
06-29-2009, 06:51 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here and this is one of my first posts. Anyway, I recently had a guy call me wanting to get his beds re-mulched and strawed. Additionally, he wanted bushes and trees trimmed. I went over to give him an estimate. Keep in mind, I charge for time and materials. It is going to take about 2.5-3 CY of mulch and about 25 bags of pine straw just in materials. Around here that runs about 250-300 dollars. Additionally he wants about 2 days worth of shrub and tree trimming and beds weeded. I work alone but this is a larger yard. Regardless, my hourly rate is 25 and as in most all of my previous jobs, the cost of materials and the cost of labor to install them is very close to 50/50. Anyway, I quoted him about 700 dollars for the work (very labor intensive). He thinks its outrageous for what it is, and I think he's crazy for thinking anyone would do that much for any less. I am not willing to lowball just to get the job if it means I lose my butt on the job, but does that seem reasonable? Low? High? Etc. Thanks. I'm not new to the landscape business, but just recently found this forum, so maybe I can get some feedback.

Sounds way low to me. I get $40/hour here for my labor and if I'm using equipment like my tractor or dump trailer it's $50/hour...PLUS materials.

Az Gardener
06-29-2009, 07:01 PM
Ditto, I would be more but I also have overhead you don't. I think your price is in line or low depending on your horticultural knowledge.

QualityLawnCare4u
06-29-2009, 07:06 PM
Your prices are low for me and my area. The tree and other trimming for two days would alone be more than 700 not counting the rest. I would say you are giving him one heck of a deal. My area is considered not good and that is a deal for even here!

MileHigh
06-29-2009, 07:42 PM
2 whole days worth of Bush Trimming, Weeding, and Mulching for $700.00 including materials is a freaking great deal for that customer and he should be all over that, cause I doubt he can get any better than that...

Stick to your prices and realize that your prices arent to high...This guy is just a cheap bastard.

On your next quote...raise your prices a bit and see what happens.

burnthefurniture
06-29-2009, 07:51 PM
2 whole days worth of Bush Trimming, Weeding, and Mulching for $700.00 including materials is a freaking great deal for that customer and he should be all over that, cause I doubt he can get any better than that...

Stick to your prices and realize that your prices arent to high...This guy is just a cheap bastard.

On your next quote...raise your prices a bit and see what happens.

Thanks for the responses guys. I did not really have any idea how low I was so he should be really happy. It is my understanding that he is the senior vice president of a bank here in town, not that I'm trying to screw him because he has money or doesn't, but knowing that means he's got an accounting kind of mind. I do not ever lower my prices, I will agree with that, if he wants to go hire a lowballer, go ahead, he'll get that quality of work. I have walked away from jobs before because I will not work for free, this is how I make my living. Anyway, sounds like he ought to be happy about this, I'll find out when I hear back from him.

dKoester
06-29-2009, 08:01 PM
I'd rather cut grass and make way more than to spend 2 days on a job for 700. When I bid a landscape maintenance job I always compare it to mowing as far as price goes. If I can't make what mowing brings in or more in the same time frame there is no need for me to take the job.

integrityman
06-29-2009, 09:39 PM
2 whole days worth of Bush Trimming, Weeding, and Mulching for $700.00 including materials is a freaking great deal for that customer and he should be all over that, cause I doubt he can get any better than that...

Stick to your prices and realize that your prices arent to high...This guy is just a cheap bastard.

On your next quote...raise your prices a bit and see what happens.

What BladeScape said- This guy is a dope.

EVM
06-29-2009, 10:25 PM
Go back and tell him you messed the numbers up and the actual price is $1400.00 for the trimming. Tell him you meant $700.00 per day for the trimming.

QualityLawnCare4u
06-29-2009, 11:26 PM
Go back and tell him you messed the numbers up and the actual price is $1400.00 for the trimming. Tell him you meant $700.00 per day for the trimming.

I was thinking the same exact thing. Price needs to be higher than 700.

JDiepstra
06-30-2009, 12:28 AM
I charge $45 to $50 per hour (depends on the customer) to trim bushes and clean up the mess. It is hard work. And don't forget to add the disposal fee as well.

bigslick7878
07-01-2009, 09:41 PM
I am currently doing a job of about 4 yards of mulch and trimming hedges and it is going to end up being in the $1400 range for 3 full days of work.

700 bucks is highway robbery.

jiggz
07-03-2009, 02:13 AM
Go back and tell him you messed the numbers up and the actual price is $1400.00 for the trimming. Tell him you meant $700.00 per day for the trimming.

haha i would pay to see the look on his mug

yea man your price is way too low.. Ive priced like that, but only for Really really good customers during the off season

Storm the Patriot
07-05-2009, 10:30 PM
Maybe he is used to illegals doing the work. :usflag:

chavezkm
07-06-2009, 05:56 PM
I charge $45 to $50 per hour (depends on the customer) to trim bushes and clean up the mess. It is hard work. And don't forget to add the disposal fee as well.

2nd that! This is easily a $1,100.00 job.

burnthefurniture
07-06-2009, 07:23 PM
Well thanks for all the responses guys. I figure he is expecting something ridiculous, so I sent him my estimate, and he didn't respond to me (which I'm thankful for) so that one fell through the crack. I'm going to tweak my estimates slightly to get up to a more realistic and competitive rate. Thanks!

bigmudder77
07-06-2009, 09:54 PM
DANG 2 days worth of work pulling weeds trimming trees cleaning that up mulching and putting pine straw down and he thinks $700 is WAY HIGH he would S**T a brick when i told him at least 3x that price

i charged $750 for trimming 6 shrubs, 4 pine trees weedeatting around like 20 big trees pulling out 3 smaller but big enough that i couldnt dig them out by hand, filling the holes in, seeding, straw, and then mulching

if you have money or not my prices are the same unless your over 65 or older then you get a 30% discount for any thing over $100 but thats just some thing i do

i dont throw any thing any where you have to pay for i take it all back with me and if its grass feed to cows trees, sticks get cut down and thrown in a burn pile, leaves get thrown in a pile and then a farmer picks them up and spreads them on his feild

one day i was burning a huge pile and he stopped in and asked if i get alot of leaves and when i told him about that size pile at least 3 times in a month he told me not to burn them and leave them there and he will spread them when he takes off his crops