Bid help!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by LewisL230, May 16, 2013.

  1. LewisL230

    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    I picked up this property at the beginning of this season. Good size yard, $100 every 7-10 days. Last time I was there the owner asked me what I would charge to clean out the beds in the front and put down new mulch. As far as how to do it that is no problem, as I did plenty of this type of work with an LCO i worked for before going out on my own. Ive done a few mulch jobs, but nothing this far gone. My hourly rate is $40, which I have already told her. Ill have a guy helping me, but hes family and i just pay him $10 an hour cash. My biggest question is how many hours to quote it. My thought is 3-4, but I could be way off. She wants black mulch which i get for $23/yard and charge $33/yard(price if you walk in off the street). I feel like 4 yards of mulch would be needed. As you can see from the pictures its very far gone and honestly if it was mine I would pull everything up and replant all new, but that's not what she wants to do. So help me out guys. Ive been on my own 3 years now and really gotten comfortable with what i'm doing, and what i'm offering. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. LewisL230

    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    Continuation of Picture #1

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  4. LewisL230

    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    Other bed she wants done.

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  5. LewisL230

    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    Small bed in front

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  6. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    First of all, I would never share my hourly rate with a customer, otherwise they just look at it as paying that amount for just your labor. Just figure out how many hours it will take, plus your materials with any markup and you're done.
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    $830, those bed are going to take some serious attention to get them back into shape.
     
  8. LewisL230

    LewisL230 LawnSite Member
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    Hey Jrs, thanks for the reply. Could you break that down for me. I just want to see how you come up with that. Thanks again for the reply.
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  9. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea jr is right. I also think your 4 yards should be good. If it was me I would get it reasonably cleaned up then put down some bed matting so it stays looking good with min weed pulling down the road. I buy it at Costco in 4ft wide for 40-50$.
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  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    13.5 MH clean/pruning/prep work to beds

    13.5 x $40 PMH = $540

    4 CY purchased delivered and installed @ $72.5 PCY

    4 x $72.5 = 290

    Hope that helps :waving:
     

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