Spring Clean-Up Estimate

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mcass50, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. mcass50

    mcass50 LawnSite Member
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    I had 3 jobs scheduled for today.. 2 residential slice seeding and one spring clean-up with 7 yards of mulch. I did the 2 slice seeding myself and left my 2helpers off to do the spring clean-up. They worked from 8 to 5 with a half hour lunch break, I paid them $13/hr which came to $110 each for the day. Just trying to get a feel for what another landscaper would invoice this job to the customer at? Keep in mind these guys are a couple of hardworking brazilian guys that do meticulous work. Any input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always ask myself: "What does it seem like it would be worth to the client?"

    Sometimes , tiny time consuming details are expensive while unnecessary... hardworking and meticulous, doesn't means "Well-Trained"... :)
     
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Simply what it cost you to complete your clients clean up plus your profit * is your invoice
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  4. mcass50

    mcass50 LawnSite Member
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    lol.. yes.. thats generally how an invoice works, but im asking how much profit one would charge..
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sometimes, if you spend way too much time on a simple task, or if you efforts were fruitless, or for whatever reason the client might say, "Mmmm, I am paying this money, For What?"
    You may have to "Eat It"...

    You need to be able to figure out what the client considers value... I worked with a painter as a kid and was told to "scrape" the siding of a tall building... she gave me 3 days before she fired me...
    I did a thorough job , but it was taking way too long and wasn't worth the effort , I was putting into it...

    Avoid stepping over the dollar , to pickup a nickel... :)
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What profit to charge is personal
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  7. Brown & Co.

    Brown & Co. LawnSite Member
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    When Im the customer...I expect them to work diligently none stop till completion. I expect to pay just as much for the products I buy from you as I do from my local store myself. And i would expect it to be knocked out quickly, efficiently, and with a professional demeanor.
     
  8. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
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    13/hr plus your taxes you're supposed to match and W/C.
     

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