Some Work I Did

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TBLC, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. TBLC

    TBLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I Just wanted to see what you guys and gals thought. This is the first job of this size for me.

    I charged the owner $300.00 + tax. Do you think I, Under, Over, or Did Ok on the pricing? He paid, and every thing is fine. And I did make a profit. Just wanted to get your opinion.

    I Trimmed up the shrubs, mulched, deweeded, fert, edged, and disposed of derbis. It took 2 guys 5 hours. That is the cheap mulch.


    These are the before pics.





  2. TBLC

    TBLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    After pics.

    Hope you can see them





  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    Its certainly a big improvement, but i hope that $300 was only labor and you charged for materials also?

    $300/10 hrs = $30/hr - mulch - ferts - disposal = ?
    I think the HO certainly got a good deal
  4. TBLC

    TBLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Then I guess he GOT A REAL GOOD DEAL. That was everthing. O well, Live and Learn. Next time will be different.

    Thanks for the reply
  5. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,420

    I agree big improvement.

    I can't see how you figured you made a profit though at $30 per hour (300/5=60/2=30). The total cost of running a fully legitimate business would not support your claim of turning a profit IMHO.
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    Nice looking job you did. Should have got more money though. Thats ok though because everyone has made the same mistake.:)
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Sure was an improvement! It's amazing how bad things can look and a good trim and weeding can make it look totally different.

    I was thinking the same thing... $300 would have covered the weeding and trimming and the labor for spreading the mulch, but not the mulch itself. I'm just guessing that the mulch cost $75 or so?
  8. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    I agree, it does look nice. Good job and a better learning experience. I'm sure the HO is happy considering you worked for free. Next thing you know all of his buddies in the retirement community will be calling you and expecting you to do the same for them.
  9. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Nice!I agree about the price also_One thing I see wrong is the mulch along the hard edges is going to wash out after a rain.If you'll use a shovel to bevel the edge near the concrete,you'll create a trench to help hold the mulch back,using the concrete as a retainer.Also,the tree in 009 looks to have too much mulch built up around the trunk.Just something to remember next time.
    I probably would have came in around $500-$600 on that one,judging by the amount of mulch used.
    Great job though.
  10. CC Lawncare

    CC Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    Really looks nice but you really need to look at your cost of running your business. You did that job for about half price for sure. I am certain that you will have LOTS of work in that neighborhood but you will only be fooling yourself about running a solid,long-lasting, and profitable company. Don't underestimate the value of the quality work that you obviously are capable of doing. Best of luck to you.

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