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How much would you charge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bilchak, Mar 30, 2001.

  1. bilchak

    bilchak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    For 5 hours spring clean up and putting down 110 bags
    of mulch. The guys wanted cypress mulch so we had
    to buy it for 2 dollars a bag. Couldn't get it in bulk.
    Just checking my estimate after the fact.

  2. bilchak

    bilchak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    Forgot.....2 man crew on the clean up.

  3. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    Only you know how much you need to charge. Maybe I would charge $1000. Does that mean you will too?? If you cant figure out how much to charge, you are hurting yourself & making yourself look pathetic in front of thousands of people on this site!!

  4. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Well you have 10 man hours for the clean up alone, so i would presume you would use your hourly rate aside from any equipment costs and overhead that may be included(everyones is different). As far as the mulch im not sure about the mark-up(100%) but figure your hourly rate for each yd/mulch installed, and costs of course, im not sure exactly how to do it by the bag but im sure that way would work. If you charge lets say 50/yd for bulk mulch then so be it for the bagged just figure it up add the man hours for the clean -up and the mulch price and give the estimate. I would however recommend keeping the prices seperate(clean-up and the mulch).
    Hope this helps a little.
  5. Kevin

    Kevin LawnSite Member
    from S.E. PA
    Posts: 169

    I would charge $650.00. If that helps you any. Here is how I am billing out mulch/clean ups. Labor- 3 man crew $50hr, Mulch -$60 yard installed. That is what I am telling potential customers, also if no 'waste area' on proerty $25 dump fee per truck full.

    [Edited by Kevin on 03-30-2001 at 06:04 PM]
  6. bilchak

    bilchak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    SJR.....having a bad day I take it? Was just looking
    for some advice. Only have done mowing before, first
    year we've went full time mowing and landscaping. You
    need to relax.

    Thank you others for you opinions.

  7. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    I'd be around $850 give or take from other info like 2 cubic ft bags or 3 ?, Haul away refuse from cleanup or pile on property ? How far had to wheel bags to beds ?
  8. bilchak

    bilchak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    2 cu. ft. on the bags. Not very far to haul bags.....50
    yards perhaps for the farthest bed.

    We hauled away all the leaves and twigs which filled
    the bed of the truck and a good bit of the 16ft

    What do you usually charge for disposal?

    As I suspected, I undercharged for
    this spring clean up and mulch job, but it was our first estimate on this type of work.

    We charged 650 plus tax.

  9. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    Bilchak, You're right, I have had a bad day. I apologize for my earlier remarks. Hope theres no hard feelings.

  10. bilchak

    bilchak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89


    No problem man. I've had them before too. Enjoy
    the weekend.

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