Just Curious...

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GreenBlade, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    My pricing is pretty competitive around where I live. I am just curious to how it compares to some of you. I had a job yesterday, just a simple mulch job where we pulled & sprayed weeds, then laid mulch. Here's what we did:

    35 bags of mulch @ 2.80/bag (that's with tax)
    1.6 hrs of labor (1hr 40mins & this was just a 2-man job)
    We sprayed some herbicide
    added an edge along the bed

    I'll tell you the price I did it for later..I just want to see what you all would charge! Thanks!
     
  2. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,225

    Buying the mulch in bags instead of bulk would throw your price off.

    Is the 1.6hrs of labor total or really 3.2 man hrs?
     
  3. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    3.2 man hrs. & the mulch ran us $88 total, but we charged $98 (the price b4 the bulk discount)
     
  4. LandscapeSavannah

    LandscapeSavannah LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 112

    The total you charged for the mulch was $98 then you added the 3.2 man hours for your total? We certainly make our money on the mark up of mulch, and the labor hours are the increased benefit. Am I correct in my assumption?
     
  5. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    We don't mark up the mulch much. Most our cost comes from the labor & we put a base price on the bed clean-up on top of the labor. How much would you charge though? Based on 35bags (2cu. ft.) so 70 cu ft. Of mulch & 3.2 hrs of man labor?
     
  6. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    I would have charged $315 for this job. $200 for labor and I would have sold the mulch for $115
     
  7. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    I charged $310 even so we seem to be pretty close in our pricing.
     
  8. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    Where are you from?
     
  9. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    Tri-Cities, TN
     
  10. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    I'm from Missouri. Even so, it is pretty impressive that our pricing comes so close together. There should be more threads like this because I find it quite interesting.
     

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