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Is my price to high??????

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ALLPro Landscaping, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    I'm not new so don't make comments, I just got told by a customer today my price per yard of top soil installed was way too high. My cost is 25 per yard plus delivery, I charge 95 installed, if I use over 25 yards I drop this price 10 bucks. The customer wanted me to level off the back yard for seed. I dont think im too high, but these days you never know. Thanks
     
  2. tlc23

    tlc23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    Your price would be very high in my area. I would do it for about half of your price. Look for a different supplier, check with local hauling companies. Are you having it delivered by dump truck?
     
  3. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    Yes its being delivered by dump, I install mulch at 85 per yard, I cant see my price being high
     
  4. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    I charge/estimate around $100/yard. With current customers I charge hourly rate plus material it comes to around $85/ yard sound like your right in middle of my prices. Keep it up!!!
     
  5. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    $70 per yard for labor is highway robbery.

    Most in my area are in the $75 range for the dirt and labor.

    The only people paying in the $100 a yard range are complete morons, but hey if you can get it go ahead.
     
  6. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    Mulch is totally different than loam. I can spread 50-60 yards of loam in one day with my skid steer and one laborer. That would mean I would make between 3500-4200 in one day plus the markup on the loam I pay about 15-17 per yard. add another 500 for that. 4000-4700 profit minus my guy. depends on which one between 12-18 an hour so lets say 15....-120 for my guy and -fuel. Call it another 100. Plus normal overhead for insurance and what not. No matter how you look at it seems high to me but hey..if you can get it go for it. 4 grand a day profit with one employee me and my skid steer. I could work 30 weeks a year and make 600,000 per year and I wouln't have to plow either. SIGN ME UP.:cool2:
     
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    So if you are installing a new lawn that was say 150 yards of loam, you would charge $15,000 plus seeding for just the lawn. You would never get that job....ever unless you ran into some idiot with money to waste. That would be like $13,000 in three days with 2 guys. Maybe if you were spreading 2 yards I would charge that.
     
  8. dave50kate

    dave50kate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I can go get 2 yards in my truck, drive to the site, unload it with shovels an wheel barrows and rough grade it with mag rakes in 1.0 to 1.5 per yard. I get 35/hour labor. I'd like to get more. I went to a seminar in 2008 where the speaker said the $35/hr average for us Western Oregon contractors was higher than he'd seen on the east coast. What am I doing wrong? Are you getting your asking price?
     

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