no money?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Toy2, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    Gave a guy a quote for some lawn enhancements:

    94 feet of steel edging

    24 bags of Red Mulch

    Install weed block

    Install a small stone border( his stones) wants them set in concrete.

    Clear out the grass in the areas to be edged, weed block,and mulch these areas. Haul grass away.

    I gave him a price of $ 523.00, calls me back and tells me to try and get it to $300.00??? Use cheaper mulch, or take out 24' of the edging???

    Do you think I'm overcharging? I called some other LCO"s, and just the edging to install is $2.50 a foot??

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    send me a full financial disclosure of your business...........your overhead.....maybe some profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and tax returns........then i may be able to help you out with what you need to charge....

    excuse me while i cut and paste this response to 100 more threads
     
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793


    If you don't want to help people just go to a dead site like ********
    No one needs your smart ass comments. :angry:

    If you don't have anything constructive to say you should just stay out of it.
    These people come here for help,they are a part of what makes this a good
    website.
     
  4. DGI

    DGI LawnSite Member
    from SE Mich
    Posts: 173

    This seems to be a popular answer around here, but the fact is, what the market will bear is not specific to your operating costs. There is a general margin and if you are below it, you're doing well, and if you're above it, you're eating it.
     
  5. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    That was funny, the first time I read it. :waving:
     
  6. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    I have learned to just ignore some posts, I think I want to hear that I'm not giving things away...mainly labor..

    ..besides the guy that wanted the price of $300.00 got it....his dad paid ed the difference this morning!!! So long story short I got my $$. :)
     
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Good deal. I think you were right on or even a little low with your estimate.
     
  8. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Glad to see you got the full price for your job...
     
  9. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    Job went well, got there at 8:30, kicked it into high gear, had the oldest help one last time, done by 12:30, spent the rest of the day washing the truck and putting tools back in order. :)
     
  10. old dog

    old dog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 213

    Don't work any cheaper than you are willing to live.Forget all the "lowball" comments.
    Remember if the truck or mower breaks down you need money for a backup,or rental,
    to fix it or buy new! Any thing other than that and you are living hand to mouth.I have done both and I have learned my lessons,having been at it for 22 years!PROCUT1
    may be more to the point than you like,but still right!
     

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