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Old 04-24-2013, 09:28 PM
Mowin4Dollas Mowin4Dollas is offline
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Help on a large estimate

I am doing an estimate on a 3.31 acre property. It is beautiful, but needs a little TLC. They wanted an estimate on mowing and mulching. For mowing I am factoring in about 3.25 or so hours on the Z-turn and about 45 minutes weedeating blowing etc. So I am at about 120 for Labor in just the cutting and then I put on a 15 gas charge because it is a little bit farther drive. So I am at 135 dollars a cut for this property. On the mulching I am thinking charging them 50$ a yard spread, plus the cost of any landscape paper.

So $135 Per Mow and $50 per yard of mulch/spread. What do ya'll think?
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:32 PM
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That's fine but now to find out ...

1. Your cost on the mulch itself.
2. How many cubic yards do you need.

Price on the grass cut should fly.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:36 PM
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I called a supplier in town and I was qouted 18.50 a cubic yard. I figure it will take at least 2 cubic yards.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:40 PM
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Help on a large estimate

If it is just brown hardwood mulch cost is $17 yd here so that is ballpark if you have a few yards to install. Dyed mulch is $28 so I'd be $60 yd. Mowing if it takes you 4 hrs for $135 seems low. I would be closer to $200-$220 on mowing.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:41 PM
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Help on a large estimate

Only 2 yards I'd just price it by job not yard. $150-$200
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:42 PM
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$30 per labor hour, you will be out of business in no time.

$200+ if it is taking 4 labor hours, if you ever want to run a real business not a solo operation, you need to up the pricing.

If your goal is to just make a nice hourly then your fine, if your goal is to eventually operate a full force company you got to charge more.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:48 PM
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Right now it is my first year, I am 17 years old and I do this after school and on the weekends. I simply just can't charge 50 dollars an hour, I wish I could. I get people griping about 30, they don't understand running a business, so I understand and tell them that is not what I take home. I hope to be able to charge 50 to 60 an hour as soon as I am a legit business. I am simply getting my foot in the door, my prices will go up gradually. On the Dyed mulch, I think I'll be able to bargain with them.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:56 PM
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At 17 you are not in bad shape then.

I wouldn't break it down by hourly when you explain mowing times, just tell them I will complete the job to your satisfaction @ 135.00. When you say hourly they compare what they make an hour and can't stand to pay some one that much for "cutting grass". If I told our customers our hourly labor rate, they would probably gripe or fire us.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:12 PM
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Yes sir. Thank you so much for your insight!
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:20 PM
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Definately wouldnt recommend giving away your hourly rate to a customer. They will just bargain shop. Let your work set your pricing whenever possible. keep clean well defined edges around the beds...etc...as far as mowing triming etc...we would be in the $225-250 range. for 2 cubic yards brown dyed installed with bed prep and edging we would be around $275 or so. Everyone is different and has different costs and overhead so you will see alot of answers on here. I would suggest figuring out your costs and go from there.
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