View Full Version : My first landscaping bid

03-25-2003, 05:46 PM
Ok I am almost ready to mail out my first landscaping bid to customer. Just wanted to see what you guys thought. The job by the way was to level off two areas of a yard (93' X 44' by 8" and 50 X 49' by 4". And to seed the areas.)

8 loads of black dirt (16-18 yds each) $1400
Seed $100
Straw $20
Bob Cat Rental (2 days, may take 1) $456
My Profit (Hopefully) $500

Total Estimate 2,476

The loads of dirt cost 175 each
Also if I can get done with bobcat in one day I'll make an extra 228

Let me know what you think?

03-25-2003, 07:47 PM
Quadruple seed cost, always law extra. Plus you'll have to go back and reseed bare spots.

03-25-2003, 08:23 PM
Here's my estimate based on your materials:

1. Topsoil installed/graded.
= 8 trucks @ 17 yards = 136 yards = $7500.00

2. Seeding
= 75 lbs (to cover 6600sq.) = $300.00

3. Hay
= (12) bales = $180.00

TOTAL : $7980.00

03-25-2003, 08:41 PM
All areas are different and I would have to see it, but for me to bid that job would be:

average 6" deep x square footage (6550 sq ' ) = 126 yards

126 yards = $3150.00

seed = 150.00

equipment and labor = $1000.00

Total = $4300.00

03-25-2003, 10:23 PM
no guys I put the total price of dirt in its 1400, where are you guys getting 3,000 from?

03-25-2003, 10:46 PM
are u saying 144 yds of soil? 8 "loads" each equaling 16-18 yds, is around 144 yds. your profit is $500? dale, run, dont walk away from this one.

03-25-2003, 10:48 PM
by the way, paps came in about same as i would.

03-25-2003, 11:16 PM
dale, sorry dude, we were just talkin and i got booted, now my instant messages wont work. ill catch ya when i can get thru

03-25-2003, 11:19 PM
do you guys break up materials pricing like dirt, seed, etc or lump together?

do you separate materials from labor?

03-25-2003, 11:24 PM
I think these guys are quoting an installed price for the topsoil. If I were you I would never price a labor and materials job on just your labor. $500 for two days hard work leaves just too much for chance. If the job turns out to be a pain in the arse, you could be busting your hump for 4 or 5 days for minimum wage, or even worse, taking a loss. Listen to these guys, they know what they're talking about.

Rex Mann
03-26-2003, 12:39 AM

Never mail a quote to a client. Always always try to make a
second appointment to explain it, answer questions and ask
for the business.