Billing for Mulch Installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Rick Jones, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    How does everyone normally bill for a mulch job (4 cu yds)? Do you get paid upfront? Collect payment after work is done, but before leaving? Mail them an invoice? This is a new customer, first job I've done for her. Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
  2. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    Materials times three or four, and bill them afterwards
     
  3. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    Get paid upon completion. First time job get paid upon completion.
     
  4. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    I get 50% of the total job cost up front & use it to buy material. They pay the other 1/2 when the work is done.
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    if it is a new customer I would ask for some up front. I normally ask for about 50% of material costs up front if it is a new customer. Regular customer, I just bill them the total cost on their next monthly invoice.
     
  6. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Good point. I like that. I should have mentioned that all my clients with big mulch installations this year are new for me.
     
  7. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    I agree with the 50% up front. But only on new customers you do not know.
    I had a couple of new customers. They were new to me but old friends with some of my best customers. These customers had recommended me to them. I just felt with this situation if I had asked for up front money I might have insulted them and maybe loose my current cust.
     
  8. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    Thanks a lot guys. I will request a check once I am done.
     
  9. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Posts: 218

    Half up front unless they are a regular.
     

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