Door to door advice!!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by joelslawncare, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
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    I'll save you the trouble, mowing/maintenance basically pays payroll if you have employees. If you do the work yourself, the profit margin is much greater on mulch and landscape installs.

    Doug
     
  2. pthorn0

    pthorn0 LawnSite Member
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    DougLee

    I dont buy the mulch in bags...i buy it by the yard and sell it by the bag...thats how you make your profit. I big job for me is 10 yards of mulch but the customer doesnt know im buying it in bulk like that...so i sell it to them by the bag. On a 10 yard mulch job i usually tell the customer it will take around 300 bags at $8 a bag...but in the smaller neighborhoods my smaller jobs are around 1-3 yards per job...and 1 yard = 40 bags
     
  3. pthorn0

    pthorn0 LawnSite Member
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    How do you quote yards that you mow?
     
  4. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 298

    So do you bag it before you get there? I'm confused on the whole bag thing I think?

    I broke down all my costs on a per hour basis. From machines, vehicles, fuel, insurance, tax, etc to get a per hour cost. I then charge my hourly rate on top of my fixed costs to get a final quote number. Don't get me wrong, maintenance contracts can bring in money, but landscape and mulch installs will bring in much more. Maintenance contracts are also more competitive I believe. The margins just aren't there anymore when you have companies like Brickman bidding on jobs. For me personally, my time and costs don't allow me to compete driving more than maybe 30 minutes tops - and that's pushing it (maintenance contracts only). The end cost to a customer that lives further will be much much greater vs. them finding someone more local to them. I advertise that I represent two major counties in PA and when I get calls from someone that's on the edge of the further county, I tell them straight up that I can't compete and they'll be better off contacting someone more local to them. Some get mad, most respect that answer. Now I will definitely take on landscape and mulch installations much further than that. Since there's more margin in that type of job and you're typically on site for at least a full day or more, I can afford to drive an hour or so.

    Doug
     
  5. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
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    So at 40 bags a yard at $8/bag your charging $320/yard.. That wouldn't fly around here or most of the country. My biggest mulch job is around 80 yards and I charge them around $5k. I make a pretty good profit margin on that but no where near $320/yrd.
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  6. pthorn0

    pthorn0 LawnSite Member
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    We just have the mulch yard dump 2-3 yards in the back of the trailer and show up and start mulching. I only tell the customer that it will take so and so amount of bags but we buy it by the yard and show up and start mulching...it maximizes your profits.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
  7. pthorn0

    pthorn0 LawnSite Member
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    I'm not too sure about anywhere else but here in Texas it works. Wow 80 yards is a big job i bet that was a happy day for you....How did you end up getting that job?...$320 a yard for us is more than just dumping the mulch and being on our way. We trim the bushes and pull weeds...normally we charge $95/hr for trimming and labor work but i make sure to let the customer know that the trimming and such comes with the mulch.
     
  8. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 298

    Interesting. Whatever works, right?

    Doug
     
  9. pthorn0

    pthorn0 LawnSite Member
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    Ya for sure doug...whatever works
     
  10. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im gonna say the heck with it and start knocking on doors.
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