View Full Version : new install bidding

01-11-2005, 02:08 PM
Iive been kind of inconsistent with my bidding. I strarted out figuring supplies then multiplying x2 to give a total price. Then I started pricing $70-75 per gear drive and then $25 per spray. What have some of you more experienced guys found to work good for you and the customer? I don't want to give my service away and don't want to overcharge either.

Mark B
01-11-2005, 03:19 PM
That sounds a little cheap to me. IMHO. I'm sure that some of the guys here will chime in and let you now twhere they are at. Good luck

Ground Master
01-11-2005, 07:45 PM
I never have priced a job by using that method, although I've seen other guys posting that same method.

my formula: Bid = material + Labor.

01-11-2005, 09:55 PM
Install price = Material Costs + Labor+ soil type upcharge [ clay!!]+PROFIT= Total Installation Price.

01-12-2005, 10:19 AM
Bid = Materials cost + Markup + Hourly labor desired.

You really need to know your costs in order to figure out your hourly labor desired. I know that it costs me x amount of dollars to be in business each hour of each day..therefore I need to recover that amount + Profit. My hourly install rate is based on this figure...oh, and you need to bid it correctly so that you aren't there longer than you thought.

01-14-2005, 11:42 PM
Bid = labor + materials + overhead + profit.

'nuff said.


01-15-2005, 07:58 PM
Bid = Profit first + materials + overhead . I use retail prices for materials . I always figure how much I want to make off each job first . I would rather do 3 jobs a week at higher profit than 5 jobs a week at lower profit .

01-16-2005, 09:25 AM
as a rule of thumb we use $100.00/rotor $50.00/spray. $2.00/foot for drip.

we then add a % for adverse conditions.

we will be doing an install next week where we are getting 30% more on all of those.

a 30Ksqft property, with a 2400sq ft house footprint and 9000sq ft of drip irrigated beds.