Did I charge right?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by birddseedd, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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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
     
  2. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Tell him $225 ill start tomorrow

    I don't give materials costs out
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  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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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
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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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.
     
  6. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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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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  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    We don't mark up materials we add onto our labor for our time getting the materials to the job.
     
  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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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.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So I guess your running a non profit operation
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  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    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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