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Old 11-05-2013, 10:04 AM
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help me price leaves!!!!

the place where i bring my leaves is called Lawton Adams Construction CO. they charge $14 per yard its maybe 25 30 mins away. im using a chevy 3500 witch can carry about 4-6 yards im wondering if anyone can help me with how to price hauling the leaves after i blow them? any ideas? how do you price it?
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:47 AM
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14 a yard is REALLY expensive, there isn't a municipal recycling center you can use? The one I use charges forty per ton, or .02 a pound. I charge .12 per pound. I can mark it up that much, because the average 4 yard load only costs me about 8 bucks to dump. $14 a yard, doesn't leave you a lot of room for profits in mark ups.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:42 AM
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That is a tuffy,Most of my clients homes I have bagged in the past, Last year I even enilsted the help of another company that has a loader but it cost $100.00.
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:56 AM
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No idea where in NY you are but there is a farmer down the street from me that 2 LCOs dump their leaves at for free. I think he mixes it in with his compost ect. Thankfully I lose most all of mine on site and can blow them back into the wood line. With that cost and the drive time in a 1 ton that is a uphill battle for sure.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:52 AM
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I will be dumping mine at a place that makes topsoil. They allow grass and leaves to be dumped for free
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:15 AM
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Everyone has all these great dumping resources, you just have to find yours. The place you're planning on using is too expensive. There is absolutely a better option closer to you, you just have to find it. My only suggestion on the place you plan on using is ask them for a discount for your repeat business. Knocking it down to 5 bucks a yard is still outrageously high, but leaves you some more breathing room. Currently you're looking at about 70 per truck load, no one wants to pay that.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:27 PM
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How do I price the dumping to the costumer
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:39 PM
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How do I price the dumping to the costumer
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Well normally you'd mark up the dumping as a flat rate per load, or charge by the hour for dumping it like you would anything else on top of your cost.

I pay for dumping, so I charge ten additional cents per pound on it with a minimum amount I charge. Never less than 25, and I factor my drive time into the estimate from the beginning. I get a nice little dated receipt with what I paid, and the weight out of what I dumped.

For you, with your cost being outrageously high, I'd charge what it costs to dump a truckload, then for 1.5 hours. Or you could mark it up to $25-30 per yard. That's just what I would do, other guys might have different suggestions. No two companies costs are the same, what gives me a good profit won't give the same for someone else.

I just think charging by the yard is weird. Seriously, do some research and find a better place, then charge accordingly on what will make you a profit for your time, gas, and fees.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:45 PM
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Everyone has all these great dumping resources, you just have to find yours. The place you're planning on using is too expensive. There is absolutely a better option closer to you, you just have to find it. My only suggestion on the place you plan on using is ask them for a discount for your repeat business. Knocking it down to 5 bucks a yard is still outrageously high, but leaves you some more breathing room. Currently you're looking at about 70 per truck load, no one wants to pay that.
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I pay $73 a ton to dump with a one ton charge minimum
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:56 PM
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I pay $73 a ton to dump with a one ton charge minimum
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Yeah but you're paying by weight. A yard of dry leaves is about 100 pounds, maybe 150 if it's been chopped up by a mower or leaf loader. You're still paying only a 1/4 of we he's paying.
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