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Ol'time Lawncare
04-04-2004, 04:11 PM
a small garden wall, from home depot, total footage,50',2 courses.plant 2 ,3gal-spiral green columnar junipers on each side, 5' hi! then plant, 10-duarf japanese holys,8 golden thread cypress and 10- evergreen creepers, all this is in 3 gal, pots.2 gutter extentions about 12'' in the ground and 15' long, this landscape will be top with moisture barior and 2 ton of red estern chis volcanic rock, no mulch here, colors are red tan and purple, just for my labor i said,2 guys 7 hours, very easy job, could all most do it my self, and i have to run to home depot and fight with them first for the block! i said 1000 and she said to much , really? i dont think so, do you guys think so, anyway she said 800! should i give in,lol.oh and the home depot run is included ,but it would take 2 man hours to get serves!

Woody82986
04-04-2004, 04:37 PM
No, don't give in on your price. I don't really know what I would have bid on it, but once the number comes out of my mouth, it never goes any lower. It's a sign of weakness and she won't hesitate to try it again as soon as she can.

Pecker
04-04-2004, 05:09 PM
I agree with Woody. Only you know what you can do it for. If you felt $1000 was the right price, you probably had good reason. Also, why give up 20%? That would certainly cut into your profits, and aren't you in business to earn a profit?

BTW, did she agree to your $1000?

Besides, if you had said $800 to begin with, she'd have said $600. I find that people like that will do that no matter how good your price is. It's usually just a game. Don't give in. I've burned myself EVERY time I have given in. Go with yer first instinct!

sildoc
04-04-2004, 05:19 PM
2 Guys at 7 hours puts it near 500 right off of the bat. that is no plants, blocks or any thing. I am not sure what it is going to cost you for materials but here home cheapo is rather expensive when it comes to block and if you are getting plants from them then you are paying way to much for garbage any ways. I would stick to your guns on a grand.

Turfdude
04-04-2004, 07:21 PM
Dude, work 4 me @ that price, we'd get $700 for the wall alone (100 pieces @$7.00 per), plus avg of $40/plant installed. I don't know how you're making $4 on that bid!

steve in Pa.
04-04-2004, 08:02 PM
1000.00 is awful cheap if you ask me. we would probably be around 2500.00- 3000.00.

Ol'time Lawncare
04-04-2004, 09:05 PM
i'm not grading,just setting the wall there . the materials are 1350.

Del9175
04-04-2004, 11:17 PM
One thing I think we tend to forget is that some people, no matter what price you qoute, are qoing to try and get the price down.

earthtool
04-05-2004, 01:28 AM
If you have done this type of job before and you know in your gut that, "all is right" then go for it Coyote. The cost of doing business here in the Midwest has got to be cheaper than on your side of the tracks.......and I'll be the first to say ...... no way to that price. Taking into consideration the above mentioned threads......will ya come sub for me..lol
Best of luck.
Pass this one by unless your kids are hungry.
Jim

Ol'time Lawncare
04-05-2004, 05:38 PM
so much for that,some one else bid under a 1000, easy come easy good,lol, my bid was 1350 for materials and 1000 labor!maybe i could have done this job in 5 hours, me and a helper!

jwholden
04-06-2004, 01:54 PM
One thing I think we tend to forget is that some people, no matter what price you qoute, are qoing to try and get the price down.

The sooner you realize this the farther ahead you are in the game.

landscapingpoolguy
04-06-2004, 07:09 PM
Dont use any materials from home depot, The stone is grineel which is crap, i havent built a grinnel wall or patio yet that i havent had to call a grinnel rep to look at....and the plants are over priced and will probably die from lack of proper nursery care...the customers will blame you....and theres nothing you can do about it...always use quality materials, always be fair to yurself in pricing, the reason they are hiring out is obviously because they cant do it them selves.

Chuck

EagleLandscape
04-06-2004, 08:22 PM
take materials and x2 and that should be your profit normally.