How Much Would You Charge

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ron, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hello I have a customer who wants me to put down Pine Bark around his back and sides of his house .
    well I will need 7 cy of pine Bark and the stuff will have to be wheel barrelled into the back yard...He also wants 360 sq.ft of st.augustine sod around some parts of the back yard..
    I can get the Pine bark for $16.00 cy and the sod $90.00 per pallet which is 450 sq ft. my bid is as follows.$46.00 per cy $322.00 pallet of sod $168.35 Delivery charge $60.00
    sod instal labor 2 hrs $70.00 Soil prep $35.00 total cost to client $550.35 my cost is around $202.00 the rest is profit..I will also be doing the job solo.
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    How long do you think it's going to take you to do the entire job? All day?
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ron, I like your numbers, they sound good to me for a solo op. Good luck an dlet us kno whow it goes.
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ron I think your figure is light Buddy Row.;)

    Lets use your $35/man hr figure for labor.

    If you buy the product for $16/yd - mark it up to $32/yd. Then add $35/yd for labor.

    If you buy the product for ($72) .20 cents per sf - mark it up to ($144) .60 cents per sf. Add in your labor and prep costs ($105) of 3 man hrs. Add in your pallet charge $15 (if applicable) plus your delivery fee $60.

    Profit after expenses should be around $663. :D

    How I'd bid it out.
  5. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: WOW Khris You are pretty High Nice Bid but you must be using your NY area Prices......
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why would you not mark up your prices before selling the products to your prospective clients??? :confused:

    If something costs you $20 can you not mark it up to $30 or $40 first without jeopardizing your bid???
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kris is very CORRECT!!! Your prices are way to low. Do you know how long it will take you to spread 7 yards of mulch solo? Much longer than you think. Total job will take you more than 1 day. The job is worth much more than $350 in your pocket. You will really wish you took kris' advice before you finish this job. If you don't you will not be in business very long not making a true profit.

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