help with bidding on commercial job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TLS landscaping, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    hey guys been doing landscaping for quite some time, trying to get into more plantings and what not.

    here is a list of what needs to go in.. maybe you can give me a price of what i should charge for the plants and install? any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Red Sunset Maple 2.5-3" cal 4
    RedSpire Pear 2.5-3" cal 5
    Colorodo Spruce 6-8' 1
    Norway Spruce 5-8' 15
    American Boxwood 24-36" 12
    PJM Rhododendrum 24-36" 16
    Goldflame Spirea 24-36" 21
    Compact Meyer Lilac 24-36" 21

    all to be sold and and installed. what would you bid for this size job?

    also to install about 30 yrds of top soil.

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. if I give you a price, do you want me to come and install it also.
     
  3. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    I have an idea of what i am thinking of charging, i just want to see if i'm in the ball park..

    i know anyone could come and undercut me. bla bla.. but just to see.. i dont need an exact number but just a round about..

    with sales of plants and trees i'm somewhere around 15k
     
  4. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It really all depends on what your costs are, how are you moving the topsoil and shrubs, are you using a skid steer, are you guaranteeing the shrubs for your client, etc?
     
  5. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    guaranteeing the work. i'll be using mainly man power for this job. a kabota to move the dirt around.

    I guess I can use a steer to move the tree's around.. my costs for plants are about 5g's I have a place to deliver the dirt for little to no money..
     
  6. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does the 5k include your topsoil cost as well?
     
  7. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    no my cost for topsoil is 20 a yrd
     
  8. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would say that you are in the ball park. You might be leaving some money on the table though.
     
  9. TLS landscaping

    TLS landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 34

    my quote is about 17k give or take.. a few hundred...
     
  10. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    That sounds better.
     

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