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Old 05-05-2013, 02:47 AM
rbljack rbljack is online now
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question about pricing a mulch and clean up job

Ok, I have a question about how much to charge for a job. A homeowner had a list of things he wanted done, and here is the list:

2 small trees removed, took about 1.5 hours.
hedge trimming on 4 bushes.
raked the entire yard of leaves and debris.
cleaned the beds, laid landscape fabric down, and when it all said and done, it will be about 45-50 bags of mulch total.
We also raked the whole yard to remove all the debris and leaves from the grass which were embedded in the lawn. is a homeowners tip for you, avoid Live Oaks (I think that's what they were). They drop leaves that do not bag up with a lawnmower, plus they drop thousands of small acorns too! PITA.

anyways, we have about 11 hours into it so far, and probably another 2 or 3 to finish. The only equipment really used was the back pack blower (lots of use on this, we filled up the BR600 twice and ran it dry both times), and a chainsaw/polesaw for about an hour.

I am being paid by the hour on this job, plus reimbursement for all materials. Im curious what hourly rate yall might charge for this type of work. Any help would be appreciated, im curious to know how bad I underbid for an hourly rate.
My Primary Equipment:
2000 Chevy 3/4 Ton Long Bed 4x4
6.5x12 Dual Ramp Trailer w/ trimmer and blower rack
2012 21" Honda HRC-216 mower
2013 Exmark Commercial 30
20?? Gravely ZT1534 34" ZTR
Mclane 25" Reel Mower
2010 Husqvarna 21" mower with Honda engine
2008 Stihl FS250R Trimmer
2010 Stihl FS90R Trimmer
200? Stihl FC75 Edger
2013 Stihl BR 600 Blower
2013 Stihl SG20 Back Pack Sprayer
2013 Stihl HS81 t Hedge Trimmer
200? Billy Goat AE550 Core Aerator
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