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Old 04-28-2013, 12:08 PM
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What did he think was too high ab it? Usually those customers think you should do the job for what it costs you
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just the overall cost.

funny you say that. had a customer once ask what the materials cost was and I said 52. he actually asked if I would do the job for 50.

I just turned around and started waking away
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:18 PM
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just the overall cost.

funny you say that. had a customer once ask what the materials cost was and I said 52. he actually asked if I would do the job for 50.

I just turned around and started waking away
Tell him $225 ill start tomorrow

I don't give materials costs out
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:22 PM
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this instance was a bit different. but usually I'll give an itemized estimate so they know what they are buying. invoice is just a whole price. don't want to worry about sales tax. I do not markup materials
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:44 PM
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I do not markup materials
You need to.

Marking up materials covers your time and cost in getting those materials. Otherwise your just wasting time and money.

Not marking up for materials is basically not putting a personal value on your time and effort. Do you hate yourself?????


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Old 04-28-2013, 12:56 PM
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At the moment i do not do enough landscaping to justify the work it woudl take and hte little bit of markup i could have and keep a competitive price.

besides. if i want to make profit. i can make up for it in labor costs, rather than material costs. then i dont have to worry about taxes since i'm not marking up hte price.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:58 PM
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I don't "mark up" materials. I just work it in to labor. Basically by giving them an itemized break down you are giving them the opportunity to scrutinize every little thing. I basically say on invoices.

4/25. Mulch services: prep, purchase, pick up, delivery, installation, labor, taxes. $225.

This is just an exaple
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:02 PM
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You need to.

Marking up materials covers your time and cost in getting those materials. Otherwise your just wasting time and money.

Not marking up for materials is basically not putting a personal value on your time and effort. Do you hate yourself?????


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We don't mark up materials we add onto our labor for our time getting the materials to the job.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:04 PM
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I don't put all of that on the estimate, only the cost of materials and the labor for all of instillation. There really isnt a way to scrutinize it because it's less than the cost of what they would get if they went to the supply themselves. I do get a couple percent less. maybe 6 i think.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:20 PM
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this instance was a bit different. but usually I'll give an itemized estimate so they know what they are buying. invoice is just a whole price. don't want to worry about sales tax. I do not markup materials
So I guess your running a non profit operation
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:49 PM
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I don't put all of that on the estimate, only the cost of materials and the labor for all of instillation. There really isnt a way to scrutinize it because it's less than the cost of what they would get if they went to the supply themselves. I do get a couple percent less. maybe 6 i think.
Right. But if you want help, here it is, DON'T put the cost of materials sold on you prop or invoice. Then, double your prices.
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