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Accent01
07-20-2010, 06:06 PM
Okay lady calls me up and says she about a dozen red tip phentitias that need to be removed due to a easement issue with the city. I say okay how big and all that good stuff. There about 20 ft tall. I go out there take a look and there is 9 of them right by the new road there buliding plus sidewalk. There actually 18 ft tall and very wide. Tell her i can do it for $250 all together( cut down, and haul off). She calls the next day and say's her husband would like the roots taken care of also. I tell her okay but the price will go up told with me doing a stump grinder it would go up to $450. And if did it by hand and dug the roots up then it would be $500 plus to fill in the holes with dirt. No call back yet on that she was all for $250 raise it up a little nothing. So is that to much or to little for that job? I am I wayt to high on the price should i come down?:usflag:

93Chevy
07-20-2010, 06:13 PM
I guess you're not using any materials or anything, but it still seems a bit low. I'd have charged a little less than double what you told her, but maybe I'd be too high.

LuvdaPack36
07-20-2010, 06:25 PM
easily $800 - $1000.

Mark Oomkes
07-20-2010, 06:40 PM
High?

Heck somebody yesterday wanted to charge $500 for removing a branch that would take about a half hour at best.

knox gsl
07-20-2010, 06:42 PM
A bit to low, that sounds like 2 trailer loads of brush on a 16 foot trailer, and I would charge $100 per load to haul off. Then I would charge $600 for the cutting and loading. Last thing I would sub out the stumps for around $200 and then up charge that $100. If done this way you should profit $850 after cost and before any help. I'm not sure if this helps or not, some customers would think that this is way over priced, but I wouldn't work for them. I also wouldn't even mention digging anything up with a shovel they may want to take you up on it.

bohiaa
07-20-2010, 07:00 PM
HOLY MOLY guy...........

THAT"S VERY CHEEP....

QualityLawnCare4u
07-20-2010, 07:18 PM
That price is very low even for my area. I subbed out a fallen pine tree last friday, not a huge tree, no hauling off and he charged 200 bucks. no stump grinding either. Same guy sawed up one fallen pecan limb on top of my house (it was a large limb but not that large) and charged me 100 bucks. The job you are looking at will go for 800-1000 easy here.

mbrew
07-20-2010, 07:26 PM
I don't know how you're getting rid of stuff out there, but the dump hits me for $53.00 a load here in Ft. Worth. I have a couple of places I can take stuff to be ground into mulch, but they charge, $5.00 a CY. It's is a little cheaper usually, but not much. I haven't seen the bushes, but it sounds like an easy two loads. For haul offs I get a minimum $175.00 a load and I think I'm working cheap, but some people still don't want to pay it. I wish I could get what greenstarlawns is talking about. For me that would have been a minimum $350.00 to cut down and haul off, and probably another 250-300 for the stump grinding. No way would I dig it by hand.

williams lcm
07-20-2010, 08:12 PM
A guy cut my customers tree down (12 inch diameter) $100. Just cut it and let it fall into the woods. Did not pick up or cut up . I told my customer he was crazy to pay that. It took 2 min to knock tree down

topsites
07-20-2010, 08:29 PM
There are a lot of things I could say but I'll keep it short:

You gave them a nice price and it still wasn't good enough, you did the right thing.

Oh...
And your price with the grinding still wasn't high.

A guy cut my customers tree down (12 inch diameter) $100. Just cut it and let it fall into the woods. Did not pick up or cut up . I told my customer he was crazy to pay that. It took 2 min to knock tree down

Took two hours and another $100 to cut up a similar 40-foot long trunk about a foot in diameter and move it deeper into the woods.
Did exactly what I said I would do in another thread, cut it into as few pieces as possible (5 cuts actually),
wrapped chain around the resulting logs, hooked that to the back of the Z and drove into the woods until it was deep.

Because lets just say sometimes it's just what the customer wants.

Accent01
07-20-2010, 10:58 PM
Okay thanks guys so i bid it to low. I guess i need to learn after this to charge a little more next time. learn from mistakes huh. But for hual off i can just take it to my house and burn it, i live out in the sticks a little so i can burn trash pretty easy. thanks

georgiagrass
07-22-2010, 12:15 AM
You didn't post a picture, so I don't know if these are too big, but did you consider yanking these out with a truck or a bobcat?

knox gsl
07-22-2010, 01:00 AM
If you haul it off and burn it that's cool as long as it is legal, but you should still charge for it. It doesn't just magically disapear into thin air when it leaves their house. If you incure a $30 dump fee for it it comes out of you profit as well as you gas to get it there and you paid for your truck and trailer that is needed. Another point to make is if you burn it that will not cost you money but now your committed to watching a fire for a few hours and the liability of it charge to dump always. Bottom line it doesn't matter what happens when it leaves they need to pay.

Accent01
07-22-2010, 10:32 AM
If you haul it off and burn it that's cool as long as it is legal, but you should still charge for it. It doesn't just magically disapear into thin air when it leaves their house. If you incure a $30 dump fee for it it comes out of you profit as well as you gas to get it there and you paid for your truck and trailer that is needed. Another point to make is if you burn it that will not cost you money but now your committed to watching a fire for a few hours and the liability of it charge to dump always. Bottom line it doesn't matter what happens when it leaves they need to pay.

that is very true thanks for the info. But she still has yet to say yes for me to do it or i'm going with someone else. I do think she is looking around and trying to see if she can get some yahoo off of CL to do it for her, for next to nothing.

shooterm
07-22-2010, 11:10 PM
I cleared a steep hillside early spring for my nextdoor neighbor for $120 bucks. I mention how I was clearly doing this for a favor and he mentioned dump prices. I ended up doing it faster then orginally thought, four hours(I had cabin fever and was kinda restless). He gave me a tip/dump fee of $60 for how well it looked. Five hours of labor,hand tools I had, hauling half mile for $180 turn out to be a actual decent job. What a red tip phentitias? It sounds like a Thailand adventure.

Accent01
07-22-2010, 11:28 PM
I cleared a steep hillside early spring for my nextdoor neighbor for $120 bucks. I mention how I was clearly doing this for a favor and he mentioned dump prices. I ended up doing it faster then orginally thought, four hours(I had cabin fever and was kinda restless). He gave me a tip/dump fee of $60 for how well it looked. Five hours of labor,hand tools I had, hauling half mile for $180 turn out to be a actual decent job. What a red tip phentitias? It sounds like a Thailand adventure.

That's exactlly what they are a Thailand adventure. But lady has not yet called me back. Oh well she will end up getting a cheap guy and he will end up doing a hack job, then she will call me to come fix it for her. hahahaha:drinkup:

roberthathaway7
07-26-2010, 01:43 PM
Call around and check the market price for these things. One thing is for sure, you never want to start too low because the cheaper you start out, the harder it is to get to the right price if you have to correct. Even in future jobs with the customer. Also- some people may turn you down for certain jobs like lawn maintenance because you are too cheap, with the assumption that low prices mean low end service. Meet your market.

Also- with hauling, I used to haul things to my own burn pile for cheap but then realized that for one thing, I should always assume it's a down AND back trip, not just driving home because I can't plan it out to "take it with me on my way home." So in other words I have driving time, fuel, unloading time, driving time and fuel back, liability of crap falling off the trailer, the trouble of burning later and having to guard the fire. All of this adds up. Besides, just about any company would charge to haul it to a dump so I can follow the market and charge maybe a lesser but decent penny too. It's still work with overhead.

lawnlandscape
07-26-2010, 02:02 PM
If you can dig them out by hand, why wouldn't you just truck and chain them out?

ajslands
07-26-2010, 02:37 PM
I guess my prices are high, I would have done it for 150-200$ per tree! And probably would use my truck to pull them out.
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