Western PA Landscapers!

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by 93Chevy, Feb 18, 2011.

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  1. white350

    white350 LawnSite Member
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    even in the wexford area were people are (lets just say not struggling to pay bills), out of 10 customers 1 might even entertain that cost from me. what are peoples opinions on mulching are they making this a profitable job or are they just doing it because its a paying job. Yes I get that big mulch jobs 20+ yards can be profitable. just would like to here others people opinions
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  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You gotta be $80/yd minimum, IMO to be worthwhile. Don't give them the breakdown, just the final price.
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  3. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Every one of my mulch jobs are profitable, why do them if they aren't? I do most of my work in the Wexford/Allison Park/Gibsonia area and people have no problem paying $100 per yard installed. I think you'll find if you can give a quality product (lots of companies do mediocre work) that people will pay for it. I stay away from the "cheap" customers as they always want to haggle, I won't do a job if I can't do the best work possible. My name is on everything I do, it's all about the type of clientele you're servicing.

    Of course I do a lot of estimates that don't pan out because they go with the cheaper guy, good for them. I just know that I can provide great service at a somewhat reasonable price.
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  4. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ^^^^^^^^^ what he said.

    You gotta be at least $80/yd, IMO to be remotely worthwhile. Give them 1 price and if they take it great, if not, move on to the next. While its not hard to figure out, 1 price for everything youre doing sounds much better than the breakdown.
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  5. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Annnnnd we're getting absolutely crushed this winter, unbelievable how many events we've had this year.

    I'm ready for spring, too much snow and too many crazy hours.
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  6. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I meant to add that too, if they see the estimate as $1000 for 10 yards of mulch I believe they're less apt to go with it. Do $1000 with edging/shrub pruning/weeding/installation/delivery/disposal and you'll be better off. Describe the product just don't give them too much.
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  7. planetlc

    planetlc LawnSite Member
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    So I'm not out yet, will be as soon as the snow stops. With Salt supplies dwindling, what are you guys doing?
     
  8. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    FYI I'm not dead and I didn't quit. :D

    I'm back
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    Just picked up some stuff yesterday to get ready for the season....

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  10. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If I can swing it, I'm interested in the HC-150.

    I was recently hit with about $1,500 in vet bills so my "new equipment" fundage took a severe hit. I was able to manage to pick up a new FS90R, and had planned on getting a commercial hedge trimmer to replace my Craftsman (gasp) trimmer, but don't have that kind of money now.

    If I can afford your used unit, that will help. I'll check back with you later and let you know for sure.
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