What would you charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Matts lawn care, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    This is an upcoming job of mine. I will be pruning all bushes, trees. cutting out all the dead stuff/removing vines growing through bushes and hauling away to the landfill. Then I will need to edge 264 feet of the beds and add 10 cubic yards of mulch. Along with pressure washing the brick planters in front of the house and walkway. I have already come up with numbers but just want to make shore I'm not undercharging. Attached are pictures of the job.

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  2. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    more pictures!

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  3. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    Last one...
    I am predicting 2 days with me and my buddy working.

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  4. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    May be this should be moved to the Starting A Lawn Care & Landscaping Business section?
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Do you know your daily overhead? Here is why:

    Matts Lawn Care
    -$300 daily overhead expense
    -$1,000 job
    -$700 profit

    Rock Water Farm
    -$600 daily overhead expense
    -$1,200 job
    -$600 profit

    Understand the example I'm showing?
     
  6. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    Here are my costs.
    Mulch $190 + $20 delivery = $210
    dump fee = $20
    labor 1 1/2 days, 12 hrs about at 8 per hour =$96
    gas $20
    lunch $10

    Total job I have estimated to be
    $1170.60
    -$356.00
    =$814.6
     
  7. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,136

    I could be wrong....But that looks like a lot more than 10 yards of mulch me.
     
  8. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    I overestimated 1 cubic yard. I should be fine.
     
  9. Harley-D

    Harley-D LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds and looks good to me. You have enough money in there to handle the job and anything that comes up. I think you might be a little short on the labor. It's really hot and humid out. Things really slow by about 2pm.

    I'm shocked that the price of the overall job is that low for your area. That's at least a 1500 dollar job, but spend the time and do a good job and i'll bet you ten to one you get at least three calls from it.
     
  10. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    So you bill your customers to eat lunch out?

    It may be a fine way of making you feel that you have it covered but really lunch is never and can never be associated as a cost of goods sold.

    You don't have insurance? pay worker's comp? payroll tax?
     

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