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Pricing Planting Jobs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sal200, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Sal200

    Sal200 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    How do you go about pricing planting jobs. Ive heard from people that you go 2 times the cost of the plant for the labor. But is it 2 times the wholesale price or 2 times the retail price. Because im going to be doing a couple planting jobs in May and just want to get an idea of how to price it. Thanks.
  2. Sal200

    Sal200 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Does anyone have any idea of how i can price it? Thanks
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Plant material markup is on wholesale material from your nursery. Markups can vary greatly form company to company- 20, 50, 100 percent. I know guys who charge 80 bucks for a 28$ boxwood. So it varies. Sometimes a plant tag will have a retail price on it and you can judge off that. Or just go with a straight percentage.

    I usually price at 100% material markup AND a labor rate. But you can play with the numbers. It all depends on your costs, your market, etc. Good luck!

    TREEGUARD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 303

    I price most plants 2.5 times what i pay for them even if it's a large job. You have to make money.
  5. Sal200

    Sal200 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    So when you price them 2.5 times what you pay for them, does that include pickup, delivery, and installation or is it just for installation.

    TREEGUARD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 303

    That's for the whole thing. If i do a design for someone there is a charge for that.

    Posts: 5

    if you are going to do a job in may dont give price now
    remember price on materials change avery time
    you can give price on labor but becareful if you give price on materials 2 months before the job
    now you can bid labor acording to the time that you think you spend to perform the job lets say if you take 3 hrs on that job think about 30 p/hour and if you work with a helper then charge $60 p/hr + material
    i try to charge a 50 % extra on materials + 50 on delivery if i get everything on one load

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