Overestimation?.....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by C Cutters, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. C Cutters

    C Cutters LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    I gave a bid to a guy yesterday, first one of the season, and I'm trying to decide if I overbid. I quoted him $322.50 for the following services:

    1. Remove and haul small japanese maple (approx. 3-4 ft. tall)= $60

    2. Bed Edging (not trim, actual edge line with shovel) at 190ft= $150

    3. Lay new mulch where needed, and level out beds in areas needed (mulch was laid on very think last year in some areas). This includes laying mulch around the perimeter of all beds where I am edging (about 1 ft. in).= $92.50 for 38 bags of mulch (labor cost for this figured into #2)

    4. Trim down ornamental grass in front of house(very small)= $20

    Total= $322.50

    The only material cost I have is in the mulch, I pay no disposal fee for landscaping items, other than gas. So, material cost is 92.50 + gas. Labor cost is $230 for what I figure will be a days work (cannot acuratley estimate the time in hours.) Is this is a fair price, or did I overestimate or perhaps even underestimate. What would you all charge. Thanks guys!
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would have charged between $450-$500 Thats a good bit of work to do by yourself
     
  3. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 212

    I think you are way low. If it takes you a full day including picking up the mulch and dumping you will make somewhere close to $20 an hour.

    I can't work that cheap. :dizzy:
     
  4. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 690

    Why bagged mulch instead of bulk? Most of the time bagged mulch is alot more expensive. If you have nothing to haul it in then see if it could be delievered.
     
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Without seeing it. I calculated $495.
     
  6. paul vroom

    paul vroom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    A lot depends on how much walking you need to do. How far do you have to lug the mulch. It will cost you to dump it considering how much gas cost now, plus your time which is worth something. What i would do since you under bid a couple hundred is spend even more time making sure the edging is nice and the mulch is spread evenly and level. Maybe you can pick up a neighbor. For a similar job $500 is a decent price as long as you dont have to move the mulch 2000 feet up a hill. Good luck
     
  7. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    No way you over estimated. That guy just wants to do on the cheap. Don't back down just try again next time or he'll probably find out that he can't get it done anyy cheaper. I'd be a good $100 over what you have for a total at least, judging by the info.
     
  8. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    ya that sounds like a 450-500 job mulch is hard work took me a day to mulch around a dealership i use to work at they had 20 truck loads of mulch (s-10 truck loads) but still it was hard work and there was 2 other guys helping and then 2 that help when they didnt have people to sell cars to but it was an all day thing and i only got $10 an hour so $80 really sucks if you think about it
     
  9. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    You could probably get a yard of root or something standard delivered for 65 at most. Think of how long it would take just to open all those bags. Think of it this way, if the guy likes your price you can at least recover some of your estimate with buying a yard in bulk. If you have a truck, you should be able to fit a yard in the back of your truck and then pay no delivery fee and now you just made an extra 60 bucks.
     
  10. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    Im with the Krayz Kajun...450-500 easy. But again...everyone is different on what they need to make.
     

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