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Old 09-18-2012, 12:46 PM
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Spreading some mulch need advice!

So I have a job that I am writing a bid for. 5000 square feet of space that needs to be covered. And at 2 inches thick I will be spreading 36 cubic yards of mulch if I am correct. How much would you all do it for? I have myself, my dad and one paid worker, and I am getting the mulch trucked in with a full sized dump truck. Mulch is a natural dark wood at $11.50 a yard, which after 10% mark-up is $13 a yard (rounded up). They want it done in one day for a party later this week and the earliest that the truck can be there is Friday.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:50 PM
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mulch plus labor 2800.00 plus tax.Done in a couple of hours.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:06 PM
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Sweet. I was a bit under that. I was in the $2000 to $2300 range to begin with
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:09 PM
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is that really the going rate? just some quick math mulch would be around 500 bucks, say you pay your labor and dad 20 bucks an hour for 8 hrs( guessing high just for good measure) it comes out to 320. so 820 is roughly your cost, not including equipment but it should take less than 8hrs so your probably still gonna be ahead anyway. thats another 820 bucks profit, for YOU!?! for only a few hrs worth of work??? holy hell i need to get in the mulch business!
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:18 PM
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I like to put something in the bank when I'm done with a job, not just pay the suppliers and my help.

stick to your guns, be confident, and price what you're worth to make money. not just break even
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:18 PM
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A back yard typically can be much more expensive than a front yard if access if via the front, then a side gate.

If the mulch gets wheeled downhill that's different that if the mulch gets wheeled uphill. So the brief question asked is still somewhat vague.

But I can offer that 30 yards may closer to the need for 5000 sq. ft. at 2 inches deep. But if you go with 36 cubic yards, at least it will compress to 2 inches in the months ahead.

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Old 09-18-2012, 05:25 PM
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is that really the going rate? just some quick math mulch would be around 500 bucks, say you pay your labor and dad 20 bucks an hour for 8 hrs( guessing high just for good measure) it comes out to 320. so 820 is roughly your cost, not including equipment but it should take less than 8hrs so your probably still gonna be ahead anyway. thats another 820 bucks profit, for YOU!?! for only a few hrs worth of work??? holy hell i need to get in the mulch business!
Good rate,most guys for a little side help would be 10 bucks.
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36 yds is a hell of a lot of mulch to move and spread with only three guys with wheelbarrows in 8hours unless you can dump it real close to where it's going and spreading it is easy.
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about 5 barrels per yard is 180 trips. bring the running shoes, pitchforks, and plastic barrels. I would hire one guy just to load barrels and two to run them while 2 spread the dumped mulch
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36 yds is a hell of a lot of mulch to move and spread with only three guys with wheelbarrows in 8hours unless you can dump it real close to where it's going and spreading it is easy.

It is quite a bit.

I've done 14 cubic yards single-handed before, scooped into wheelbarrow, wheeled, dumped, and spread smoother than a baby's behind.

8 hour day if I recall, and a very vigorous day at that. Mostly front area of a complex, and no wheeling to a back landscape area.

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