Do you guys mark up all the Materials that you use on a Job site?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CleanCut5878, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. CleanCut5878

    CleanCut5878 LawnSite Member
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    if so how much do you usally mark an item up? examples Trees, shrubs, Fertilizer, Pinestraw, Mulch. Thanks any info would be appreciated
     
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't have a percentage markup per se. Everything has an installed price, which factors in costs of obtaining, transporting and installing the product or material, as well as cleanup and disposal costs. I don't think a hard fast rule such as material costs X 3 is a good idea because there are too many variables that affect what it costs you to sell or install a product.
     
  3. garrettlawn

    garrettlawn LawnSite Member
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    Yeah we dont usually mark up mulch at ALL!!!! Come on man if you dont have any idea of this you are in the wrong business. I mean if you want to move to Jackson, TN we can give you a job making more than you would laying mulch for nothing!
     
  4. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    come on guys, he's asking if you charge the customer more for materials than what you paid for them. for instance I get mulch for say, 15 dollars but charge the customer 20 plus install. or... charge the customer full price for trees and shrubs even though I get them at a discounted rate.
    I think it depends on the purpose. just mulching...no I just have in installed price say.. $50 per yard plus delivery and disposal. For Landscape installs where the customer expects a warranty and such, I charge retail for materials plus install fees, delivery, disposal, and what not.
    Don't just lay into someone with a valid pricing question. it's not like he asked "how much do I charge per mow?" Give a real answer or don't answer.
     
  5. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    come on guys, he's asking if you charge the customer more for materials than what you paid for them. for instance I get mulch for say, 15 dollars but charge the customer 20 plus install. or... charge the customer full price for trees and shrubs even though I get them at a discounted rate.
    I think it depends on the purpose. just mulching...no I just have in installed price say.. $50 per yard plus delivery and disposal. For Landscape installs where the customer expects a warranty and such, I charge retail for materials plus install fees, delivery, disposal, and what not.
    Don't just lay into someone with a valid pricing question. it's not like he asked "how much do I charge per mow?" Give a real answer or don't answer.
     
  6. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry about posting twice.
     
  7. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
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    exactly! from some of the questions weve had on here recently, its nice to have a good question! and this IS a good question.
     
  8. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    I add in extra cost. You know it takes time and gas to go get the material. It has to be accounted for somewhere.
     
  9. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    yeah its under our delivery charges. We bill out with a complete break down.
    • Material Cost
    • Deliver Charge
    • Equipment Charge
    • Labor Charge
    • Install charge
     
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    A lot of Co's in this area will mark it up 2 1/2% that includes labor unless other problems occur.
     

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