bidding help!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by wiredawg, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
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    I have to go look at a landscaping job tomorrow. I have a lawn service and I know how to bid for that, but he wants me to remove lava rock and replace it with a few yards of mulch. I am not sure how to bid on the removal of the rock, or for the mulch. Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. woodbutcher44

    woodbutcher44 LawnSite Member
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    Day labor and cold beer. Bid the job at cost plus.%40%
    stay in the truck and get a portable dvd player lol
     
  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just figure your hourly labor rate x how long you think it will take you.
     
  4. Harshman

    Harshman LawnSite Member
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    Ouch! That is back breaking work. I just won a bid for removing gravel from flower beds and bid that at $2.50 per square foot plus $60.00 disposal fee. This was only a maximum depth of 2-3 inches.

    Note; The job was over 600sf with other services included, but the price above is for the gravel removal only.

    I hope this helps on the rock side.
     
  5. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
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    I normally wouldnt take the job but my mowing season hasn't started yet and I wouldn't mind having some money come in. Thanks for the info..
     
  6. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
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    i have to go look at it tomorrow for measurements, I just hoping to get some ballpark figures.
     
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How much mulch rock and mulch? Whats the area to be removed?
     
  8. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
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    I don't know how big the area is yet, I am going tomorrow to look at it. He told me that he thought he needed a couple of yards of mulch, and I havn't found out my contractor price on the mulch.
     
  9. Harshman

    Harshman LawnSite Member
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    Is that cubic yards of mulch, because that is a lot of mulch. Make sure you find out how deep the mulch needs to be.
     
  10. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
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    just a yard, not a cubic yard. i was going to shoot for 2-3 inches deep. I can fit about a 1 1/2 yards of mulch in my truck, so depending on the size I hope to only have to make one trip with the mulch. I was going to remove the rock, go dump it, and pick the mulch up on the way back.
     

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