How to price commercial installs???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by New2TheGreenIndustry, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I bid residential installs at retail cost on plants plus about $5 per gallon container. Though, I don't think that is going to work on a larger commercial project. I have the opportunity to bid on a project with 18k sq ft sod, over 600 #3 gallon plants and over 100 #15 plants. Unknown variables aside, how would you begin to price that one?
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Correct your residential pricing first, you're losing money on every plant you install
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  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Really? So for a #3 plant I pay $8-10 bucks and sell it to the customer for $30 installed, and I'm too low? What's your method?
     
  4. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
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    Same way that you price anything. Costs+overhead+profit=price.
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  5. No your not too low. That's crazy that it costs 8-10 for 3 gallon material. Most of our stuff is 4-5...
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  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have bid large complex jobs. Win some, lost more. Last job we lost by $26k, that amount didn't even cover my cost for plant material and I own my own nursery. The crew that got it needed the work, low balled the bid the bid to get the work and yes I have looked, everything according to plan, looks great but with the guarantee of work, nursery stock, etc there losing money. Good luck.
     
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    OP price it so you make money. Why ask on here?
     
  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I guess with residential I mark up the plants to retail, and didn't know if thats something people do with commercial jobs with plant volume in the hundreds.
     
  9. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So did you bid the project?
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  10. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    3 gal over here retail start at $12 and most 18.95!
     

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