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Decoste76
06-16-2010, 10:02 PM
How much would you charge to plant 6 hostas. Paid 11.99 for each of them. Also transplanted 6 lillys that where there to other locations. I was thinking about 40$ a hosta $240? and then not sure about the 6 other lillys didnt take long at all was about an hrs work if that and throw some mulch around them too.

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 10:34 PM
Anything? Come on now

THEGOLDPRO
06-16-2010, 10:38 PM
$40 a hosta???? it would take me all of 25 minuts to plant 6 hostas. 100 bucks tops if it was me.

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 10:44 PM
ya it didnt even take me an hr.

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 10:45 PM
100 meaning for it all transplanting and planting all of them

THEGOLDPRO
06-16-2010, 10:47 PM
thing you need to remember is the customers know how long it took you to do it all, if you hand them a bill for 240 bucks for less then an hours worth of planting they are going to think you are robbing them and will never call you again, not to mention they def wont pass your name around to their friends. sometimes its best to cut people a break and move on, it will only help you in the long run if they know you aren't gouging them.

how long did it take you total??

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 10:59 PM
ya im trying to find the best way to bill someone for plant installs. do i mark up the price and then just double it? ive done that before. So say i charge 20$ for a hosta bought and installed that would be $120. and then transplanting maybe like 10$ a plant so another 60 and than maybe like 40$ for the mulch so your looking at what 220$ to high on this or what?

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 11:04 PM
under an hr. So what would i charge 35$ to do it. Thats my hourly rate. I have to do it by the job.

93Chevy
06-16-2010, 11:07 PM
I double the price of the plant, unless it's under $10, then I triple, for transplanting small plants, I either do it for free as part of the job, or charge minimally for it. You're looking $150 max for this, in my opinion.

And my hourly rate is whatever I can get away with...anywhere from $30 an hour on low-margin jobs to $80 or $100 an hour if I bid by-the-job.

Decoste76
06-16-2010, 11:13 PM
so 24.$ a plant 144$ then the transplants 10$ a plant? 60$ then mulch about $30 well say. so the grand total would be $234. that seem high?

tyler_mott85
06-17-2010, 12:04 PM
so 24.$ a plant 144$ then the transplants 10$ a plant? 60$ then mulch about $30 well say. so the grand total would be $234. that seem high?


$144 for the Hostas. 1/2 hr labor to transplant plus your $30 mulch would be what I would charge. Should come in right under $200.

Darryl G
06-17-2010, 12:10 PM
Wow, $40 each seems way high to me. I can't imagine that taking an hour but my policy is a 2 hour minimum. I do waive it sometimes though. Anything over $100 bucks would be robbery in my opinion.

RakenShovel
06-17-2010, 02:21 PM
yeah dude, you planted 6 hostas in the ground. Its not like you built the bed, planted 100 plants, transplanted 50 more.

you bought 6 hostas so say 75 total. how much mulch did you actually put down? All in all I'd say 150 dollar job and I'd walk away smiling if it all took me less than an hour and I made 60 or 70 dollars.

prizeprop
06-19-2010, 08:23 PM
dont forget that half hour to an hour that you had to go pick up hostas.

360ci
06-19-2010, 09:57 PM
Exactly. I calculate total time, from the time I need to go there, wait in line to buy them, install them at the residence and call it a job. $1/min rate applies to everything I do. It might take me 30min to get the plants, and another half hour to install, so $60 would be reasonable plus the cost of the products of course.

larrylaverne
06-19-2010, 10:12 PM
$60.00 a hole for boxwoods

93Chevy
06-19-2010, 11:06 PM
$60.00 a hole for boxwoods

I don't think he'll be getting much money for any boxwoods.

Stillwater
06-20-2010, 05:18 AM
ya it didnt even take me an hr.

you geared up at the shop then you drove to the hosta store selected and paid for them, then loaded your truck up drove to the job site unloaded the truck then planted and then did your transplant, picked up, cleaned up and generated a bill all in 1 hr.? where was the nursery across the street?

to answer your question read your business plan, what does it say in your labor rate and billing section.

Votum Gardens LLC
06-20-2010, 08:12 AM
How much would you charge to plant 6 hostas. Paid 11.99 for each of them. Also transplanted 6 lillys that where there to other locations. I was thinking about 40$ a hosta $240? and then not sure about the 6 other lillys didnt take long at all was about an hrs work if that and throw some mulch around them too.

How big were the hostas? Are they collector cultivars? $11.99 for a hosta seems way high to me. I can get 3 gallon 'Striptease' for $7.50. I bump perennials by 10% and then round up to nearest half a dollar. Unless you planning on replacing those hosta's free of charge for the next five years I wouldn't charge a customer 40 bucks a piece for hostas.

For me a similar job would look like this:
Labor: 1 hour @ $40.00 an hour: $40.00
Materials: 6 hosta @ $13.50 a plant: $81.00
3 bags of Mulch @ $10.00 a bag: $30.00
Total: $150

Decoste76
06-20-2010, 10:30 AM
they where patriot hostas.. and price around here always seem to be much more than any place else. yard of mulch is 38.50 and thats contractors price.. so i think $200 for the truck ride there the mulch the transplant and install is fair enough

Think Green
06-21-2010, 12:31 AM
76,
You hit the ball park for our price also.
If i can't get half the price of a plant to dig and install it, then I quit.
This is no different than buying the fertilizer at retail cost, figuring in your cost, and the labor rate of putting it on the lawn.
I don't care if the Hosta cost 5.99 wholesale, I wouldn't plant it for anything less than those of the retail margin. You drove who knows how far to pick them up and deliver them to the site. That delivery cost is calculated in there. Plus fuel now!! So 200.00 is fair enough if not just a little under par. Around here...........delivery fees from nursery suppliers is 65.00 up to 500.00 worth of products anything less than that it is a flat fee of 75.00 for all deliveries in town! Lowe's charges 65.00 no matter what!!