mulch hauling

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SchultzLawnCare, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. SchultzLawnCare

    SchultzLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I have a question for you guys, I picked up mulch for this lady that Im doing a mulch re-landscaping for her. I have the job and told her that I would charge by the hour $55.00. and she accepted the bid for around $900.00 . I picked the mulch up for today, it was 2 trailer loads of a 6' by 12' dump trailer but I had to shovel the mulch in by hand. It took a total of 3.5 hours includeing driving time. (15 miles each way) how much would you charge her for getting the mulch (not including the price of the mulch). I figured since I only did 1.5 hours of labor that I would cut her a slack and charge her around $40.00 per hour because most of it was driving time and fuel.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    i dont usually cut slack for that reason. if i qoute $1000 and you accept it, and i hve $10 in it, i did pretty well, and if you're happy we both win. if i quote it at $1000 and have $1100 in cost, i lose, but you're happy. if ya'll agreed to a price stick to it. eventually you will mis-bid something, and those that you made a little extra on are that much better.
     
  3. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    i agree,everything works out as you go.
     
  4. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    You're bidding on mulch the wrong way from the gate. You should be bidding it $70 - $80 per yard installed or whatever rate you want.

    As far as you having to shovel it into your trailer, what the heck? I'd find another supply yard. I picked up 2 yards today, was in and out in 4 minutes.
     
  5. SchultzLawnCare

    SchultzLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    i got the mulch for free fromt he local compost pile.
     
  6. I figure my truck operation costs me as much or more than my labor rate. So no, I don't discount for time spent in the truck.
     
  7. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    what kind of quality mulch could you get from a local compost pile? just curious.
     
  8. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    So what? The customer does not need to know this.
     
  9. SchultzLawnCare

    SchultzLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    its deent mulch, she said she wanted a away to save money. its from branches that they chipped up. Ill take a picture of it tomarrow.
     
  10. SchultzLawnCare

    SchultzLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I was telling you that i got it from the compost so I had to shovel it in. I was responding to your remark about finding a new supply yard.
     

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